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Dwight Eisenhower on the Poverty Caused by Military Spending

February 20, 2016

I found the following quotation posted by ‘Jake Bat’ on the comments section on a Secular Talk piece on ‘When Someone Says ‘Rebuild the Military’…

‘”Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, the last good Republican to serve as President.’

It comes from the ‘Chance of Peace’ Speech Eisenhower made to the Association of Newspaper Editors on 16th February 1953. The full quote is

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

It’s quite a familiar quote, undoubtedly because it’s true. And it remains true, even today. Unfortunately, today’s politicos far prefer the attitude of the Nazis: ‘Guns will make us powerful. Butter will make us fat.’

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