Christmas Industrial Complex

Get Ready for the consumption machine to go into high gear. To show the gravity of this situation I have included an excerpt from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation on January 17, 1961.

“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 Christmas-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.

Couldn’t be more apt if had been spoken today!

3 Responses to “Christmas Industrial Complex”

  1. Megan Says:

    I think maybe I’ll celebrate the Solstice Industrial Complex this year.

  2. Confessions of a half-hearted Christmas radical » Young Anabaptist Radicals Says:

    […] been aware of the huge gaping problems with Christmas as practiced in America. I know all about the Christmas industrial complex and the way it has stolen the true spirit of Christmas. I’ve read many an article about […]

  3. Michael Lerner - Down with "Happy Holidays" « Sohum Parlance II Says:

    […] an interesting perspective, kind of taking on the “Christmas industrial complex” (thank you Shankar!) and assimilation all at once, with a few other issue thrown in to boot. […]

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