Eisenhower anticipating the global warming alarm. Not a bad effort for an old soldier.

Eisenhower was concerned about Big Science, driven by massive government funding. His concern in the 1950s was the military-industrial complex, although he appreciated the need to keep ahead of the Evil Empire he could see what was happening to the incentives for scientists. A government grant could substitute for curiosity.

I went after this for the warning about government funded science but there is other good stuff as well. Interesting comparison with the current incumbent.

Speech notes for his 1961 farewell address.

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26 Responses to Eisenhower anticipating the global warming alarm. Not a bad effort for an old soldier.

  1. Leo G

    Of course NASA, the NOAA and the NSF were key scientific planks in the US military-industrial complex. Whatever will be the next global existential Will-o’-the-wispy, now that anthropogenic climate change is just the straw under our feet?
    Those planks scientists will have to think fast- end of the world research funding can be fickle.

  2. I am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    The past really is another country. The man stands as a giant, next to the assemblage of dolts, retards, grifters, climate loons and main-chancers that inhabit the field today.

    A speech containing tremendous wisdom and insight, the warnings in which have been completely missed by those who came after him.

    Especially the warning about ‘mortgaging the future’ – just look at how much debt these nitwits have placed on their children’s backs.

    Also, I thought he included in his speech a warning about the love of money. I couldn’t see it in the notes.

  3. cohenite

    I challenge any alarmist to produce any evidence supporting alarmism.

  4. yackman

    “The Jasons” gives a great insight into the influence of a quite limited number of scientists in the 1950’s in directing military research. Von Neumann stands out in scale of influence. Eisenhower was the first to have a formal Scientific Advisor. (George Kistiakovsky?- a chemist I am pleased to note)

  5. Tom

    These speech notes are a great get, Rafe. Many thanks for posting them.
    I first encountered this speech about three years ago. Being able to read every word as Eisenhower constructed them here, it astonishes me not only that it was so prescient, but that for 50 years it has been utterly ignored. That is astonishing since in the past two decades we have seen emerge a corrupt and powerful technocracy exactly as Eisenhower predicted, misusing its authority to build empires with misappropriated public money in the bureaucracy and academia.

    As a matter of record, I am so glad it now has its own post at the Cat.

    It’s a good starting point for a discussion of how this corrupt technocracy has disgraced itself by knowingly abusing public trust in science to create a scam that now turns over $US1.5 trillion a year — the GDP of Australia — to “solve” a non-existent problem.
    Click on the link if you have 10 minutes: it’s a beautifully made speech by a master craftsman.

  6. Baldrick

    I went after this for the warning about government funded science but there is other good stuff as well.

    Government funded ‘anything’ never ends well for the taxpayer once the Leftards are allowed to get their hands on the money.

    This happens in every case, without fail.

  7. Rob MW

    It seems to be getting harder by the day to see exactly how western democracies can survive the full blown onslaught of government funded and sponsored science. I include in that the highly prejudiced science studies commissioned by money hungry NGOs and quasi government bodies who are chasing nothing more than growing a substantial punitive regulatory framework and administration which removes individual liberties and freedoms by the truck load.

    When it comes to honesty and integrity in government sponsored science, this it seems, can only be found in the black-market of research and opinion and if history teaches us anything will eventually only end one way.

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    Government funded ‘anything’ never ends well for the taxpayer once the Leftards are allowed to get their hands on the money.

    This happens in every case, without fail.

    that’s exactly what’s happening with the NDIS which is a make work for bureaucrats — there is now a push for gender dysmorphia to be recognised as a disability — yep that’s the way it’s going and in the meantime we have parents in their 80s still looking after their very disabled sons and daughters with no plans by anyone from the NDIS or anywhere to provide residential accommodation and support for these our citizens, the parents will be doing the care and support until they die — then what? This country is well and truly rogered.

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    Being able to read every word as Eisenhower constructed them here, it astonishes me not only that it was so prescient, but that for 50 years it has been utterly ignored

    Enoch Powell was ignored too, and villified and crushed of course.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Great post Rafe, thank you . I know Geoffrey Blainey in his Short History of the Twentieth Century referred to Eisenhower’s fear of the military-industrial complex and with good reason.

  11. Myrddin Seren

    When Ike’s Farewell Address does get a mention, it is usually his caution about the military-industrial complex.

    His warning about Big Government Science was incredibly prescient.

    The speech was a collaboration of Ike and his staff, including Ike’s brother, if I recall correctly. It does not diminish the brilliance and insight of his words. Pity we did not heed him.

  12. rich

    It’s so sad that the decline of the west was so forseeable and that we didn’t heed the warnings. The warning came more than 20 years before I was born, and 50 years to this day… yet we still do not see that we are on the road to serfdom

  13. Ant

    Funny you mention Eisenhower; a man who played a pivotal role in a global war against naked evil and rose to be president.

    I sometimes wonder what this intelligent, humble but highly accomplished man would make of Barack Obama, his party and indeed his own party’s leadership.

  14. Fred Lenin

    A great and wise man who was followed by the bootleggers kids ,precussors to kevin obama kevin rudd and kevin turnbull ,who were not great and wise .

  15. I am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    that’s exactly what’s happening with the NDIS which is a make work for bureaucrats — there is now a push for gender dysmorphia to be recognised as a disability — yep that’s the way it’s going and in the meantime we have parents in their 80s still looking after their very disabled sons and daughters with no plans by anyone from the NDIS or anywhere to provide residential accommodation and support for these our citizens, the parents will be doing the care and support until they die — then what? This country is well and truly rogered.

    Tinta that is truly horrendous. I believe you because I know you work in this field.

    God I hope things change for the better. Fat chance, with Maocolm Waffleworth in charge, but still I hope.

    Ant
    #1845736, posted on November 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    I sometimes wonder what this intelligent, humble but highly accomplished man would make of Barack Obama, his party and indeed his own party’s leadership.

    Don’t be fooled by the ‘grampa’ act. This man was also street smart and tough and brooked no nonsense.

    But yes good question. I suspect he’d be rendered speechless that someone who could say something as inane as ‘you didn’t build that’ could be elected to the oval office.

  16. Tintarella di Luna

    Tinta that is truly horrendous. I believe you because I know you work in this field.

    Thanks I am the Walrus — the more I see of what’s happening the more I want to exit with my precious boy and take refuge on a desert island (or is that dessert), dessert would work well for both of us — but alas and alak we just have to keep pluggin’ away — it shouldn’t be so hard for families of people who are very very disabled to get what is needed, not what they want but what they need. Good heavens, I want a house in the South of France but I don’t need it, I do need some certainty though so I can go to God with a sliver soul left without it being eaten away with worry.

  17. Myrddin Seren

    I sometimes wonder what this intelligent, humble but highly accomplished man would make of Barack Obama, his party and indeed his own party’s leadership.

    Ike would possibly step out of the time travelling DeLorean with Marty McFly, and assume we had lost the Cold War and the Marxists had taken control.

    Which might not be too wrong an assessment, except rather than bowing to Soviet domination, the President of Russia is leading the fights that America wont. The past is a distant country.

  18. rich

    the meantime we have parents in their 80s still looking after their very disabled sons and daughters with no plans by anyone from the NDIS

    The scary thing is this is a racket- the worse the parents in their 80s have it, the more money gets thrown at the problem. The more money that gets thrown at the problem, the more inefficient the bureaucracy becomes and the more gets diverted to empire building. Big government follows, and is blinded by, Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureacracy

  19. Leo G

    The more money that gets thrown at the problem, the more inefficient the bureaucracy becomes and the more gets diverted to empire building.

    The NDIS is a curious beast. It’s central concept is based on a concept of self-directed support developed by UK philosopher Simon Duffy. Yet the most strident criticism of the pilot NDIS has been the same Simon Duffy.

  20. johanna

    Been quoted many dozens of times (if not more) on sites such as WUWT. Hardly news.

    Still I suppose that some readers here may find it a revelation.

  21. Token

    There is quite alot in that short speech worth paying attention to.

    Eisenhower also helped Kennedy focus on the country & stand up to the far left lunatics in his party. There was a lot for extreme left nutters that had returned to the US after defecting & living in the USSR to he angry about Kennedy. So much of that is due to the ever observent Eisenhower.

  22. Token

    …, it astonishes me not only that it was so prescient, but that for 50 years it has been utterly ignored.

    Like the rehabilitation of the traitors to the west by the academic medja class, burying Eisenhower & his legacy was no accident.

    The 50s were a triumph for the US. The civil rights movement owe everything to his admin standing up against the racist D’rat party machine & its leaders like Bull Connor.

  23. Tintarella di Luna

    The NDIS is a curious beast. It’s central concept is based on a concept of self-directed support developed by UK philosopher Simon Duffy.

    Leo G, Simon Duffy’s criticism is about the design, which of course goes back to the Gillard government, the amount of bureaucracy is fatal to flexibility, it will work for those who can actually self-direct but for families of people who have severe intellectual, cognitive and complex disabilities will be stymied by the process simply because the person cannot self-direct. The distrust that is embedded against families and the cruelty of the bureaucracy against families trying to get an approximation of what’s best is the stuff of nightmares. Itjust crushes people already worn out by the nature of what they do everyday.

  24. Nicholas (Rule yourselves!) Gray

    Talking about weather- ‘The Australian’, page 3, has a piece about Antarctic ice growing, not retreating. On some fronts, it does grow, but not on others. Overall, good. So how much will these Balinese volcanoes spew into the air, no doubt causing more damage to the weather systems than mankind is doing?

  25. Leo G

    ‘The Australian’, page 3, has a piece about Antarctic ice growing, not retreating.

    Based mainly on modelling from satellite data. Trust models?
    Indications are that eustatic sea level rise is close to zero, if not at zero, and has been for a long time. There have been reports lately which point out that tide gauges situated outside tectonically active areas have shown no significant sea level rise for close to a century.
    On the other hand, the NOAA has been trying to persuade us that the Greenland ice sheet has been rapidly retreating. If there is no associated significant sea level rise and the NOAA scientists still want to claim plausibility, then grounded ice has to be shown to be accumulating elsewhere.

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