Saturday, April 29, 2023

Far-Sighted Ike

President Eisenhower's
January 17, 1961 farewell address merits careful study. Although it is usually quoted for its reference to the military-industrial complex, it also contains another warning:

"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.

"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."

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