Why Did the U.S. Copy China on Virus Control?

by Stacey Rudin
The American Institute for Economic Research

Judging by the speech Dwight Eisenhower gave when he turned over the presidency to John F. Kennedy in 1961, he learned something about power-seekers during his eight years in the Oval Office. He warned the American people of a looming “disastrous rise of misplaced power . . . by the military-industrial complex.” He foresaw that without a firm commitment to liberty and equality, money and power would become paramount, and American public policy would come to be dominated by a small group of “scientific-technological elites.”

“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 . . . 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.”

Eisenhower understood that such an occurrence would imperil the “mutual trust and respect” upholding the American “confederation of equals.”

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