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Ep. 2. Ike, Tocqueville, and the Military Industrial Complex

History shows that great powers collapse when they try to do too much abroad. Could the military industrial complex force America into wars that will lead to its decline? Has this already happened in Afghanistan?


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This week’s episode features a discussion with Andrew, a former Army Captain and a current member of the US intelligence community in Washington, DC. In the episode, we discuss Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address and Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. 

The podcast also references this essay in Small Wars Journal concerning possible ways liberty has been sacrificed in the United States in the name of increased security.

There are two things that a democratic people will always find very difficult, to begin a war and to end it…No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country.

– Alexis de Tocqueville

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Creative Commons music featured in this episode:
Ryoma Maeda, “Fake Protest Song,” feat. Ema Grace
Monplaisir, “Basse”
Doctor Turtle, “Ladies Take Me With You”
Doctor Turtle, “You’re Right But I’m Me”

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