Proliferation of Military Machines and Weaponry

Eisenhower in 1961: “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government…”

Well, now more than ever. After 50 years of making stuff for killing, and a decade of lucrative contracts for weapons manufacturers, there is quite a surplus available. Hence, the Department of Homeland Security has been giving it away to local law enforcement agencies. $4.2 billion worth of military equipment has been given away. The products of the merchants of death now proliferate across our towns and cities, The Guardian reports:

America’s police are looking more and more like the military |  theguardian.com

No, this won’t turn out badly at all. Simone Weil puts it best:

A Stanislaus Sheriff officer displays an “inert” rocket launcher provided by the Pentagon.

A Stanislaus Sheriff officer displays an “inert” rocket launcher provided by the Pentagon.

A moderate use of might, by which alone man may escape being caught in the machinery of its vicious circle, would demand a more than human virtue, one no less rare than a constant dignity in weakness…Thus is the nature of might. Its power to transform man into a thing is double and it cuts both ways: it petrifies differently but equally the souls of those who suffer it, and of those who wield it.” — Simone Weil, The Iliad: A Poem of Might

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