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The Long Shadow of the Fifties

The Long Shadow of the Fifties

(p.185) Conclusion The Long Shadow of the Fifties
Monsters in the Machine
Steffen Hantke
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter returns to Eisenhower's term “military-industrial complex” and outlines the concept's extended afterlife, especially in regard to the so-called “war on terror” after September 11, 2001. It suggests that then post-9/11 America under Bush might have seen a return of Eisenhower's (in)famous term. America may have stopped talking about the military–industrial complex for a while, but that did not mean that the military–industrial complex had, quietly, gone away. The return of the term marked a new awareness of political and economic conditions for which it had always been the most apt description. The chapter concludes with a final consideration of what 1950s science fiction films can tell us about the US in the present day—their impact on later films and their continued relevance to the culture.

Keywords:   science fiction films, American films, military–industrial complex, Eisenhower, war on terror

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