Citizens United in the US

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower had warned of the danger of the military-industrial complex 50 years ago in Jan 1961. Too bad the Americans did not take the warning seriously enough to do something about it. Here’s a short text and video excerpt:

. . . [the] 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. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Things are getting bad in the US in this regard. Now perhaps they will start to do something about it. If there’s one thing you can say about the Americans, it is this: they get up and do stuff. They have a revolutionary spirit. Remember they fought for and won their independence from the British. They decided that they don’t want to be ruled by a king, or a queen. They wrote their own rules on how the people will govern the nation.

Things are getting bad in the US but people are once again gearing up for another revolution. Here is a small indication of that. I don’t necessarily agree with everything the presenter says. Indeed, I have a different take on one of her previous videos “The Story of Stuff.” The point that I totally agree with her on is that people need to organize and collectively fight for what is right. “Citizens United v FEC: Why democracy works only when people are in charge.”

Indians too need to collectively act to take back the country from the corrupt politicians. India should have been a democracy but has ended up being a kakistocracy — rule by the most corrupt and the least competent. We have become revolutionaries ourselves.

A few of us are working on creating an association we call “United Voters of India” or UVI. Our mission is to transform India by changing the kind of people who get elected to public office. More about that later.

Do check out the Citizens United web site.

2 thoughts on “Citizens United in the US

  1. Vidyut Sunday March 20, 2011 / 8:56 am

    I have been blogging about these same issues recently. America seems to have abandoned democracy and India seems to be blindly following suit. We point fingers at institutionalized terrorism and extremism in Pakistan, but we have institutionalized corruption and it is killing us just as definitely.

    It is time for the rise of democracy.


  2. Hai Sunday February 26, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    The American political landscape has deteriorated in the past 5-6 years massivly mostly from rhetoric and partisanship. We push other countries to be like ours, but we all know, our system is quite broken. Until we can start being civil and respect eachother, then maybe once, democracy will finally be as good as we say it is.


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