Friday, January 14, 2011
Lockheed Martin- A robber barron of the 21st Century
Do you feel like the country is going in the wrong direction? Do you think that the best years of America are in the past? Do you think that elected government officials care more for the interests of private corporations and wealthy political donors than they do about average hard working honest Americans? If so, than you probably should purchase the new book Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military Industrial Complex by William Hartung.
In the book, William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, offers a definitive account into how Lockheed Martin represents all the dangers the military industrial complex and its offspring the national security state apparatus that Dwight D Eisenhower warned the American people about in 1961.
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never dreamed that a single company would accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin. Prophets of War recounts the fascinating and often-frightening history of America's largest military contractor as well as its role in the formation of foreign policy.
A recent article on TomDispatch by William Hartung offers a disturbing account into how How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother.