"Secrecy" is referring to the potential need for government censorship, not communism.
There are two things at play in that speech.
Is this in any way related to President Eisenhower's "Military Industrial Complex" warning?
...and the military becoming a driver of American foreign policy.
OK. Gotcha!I was talking about Eisenhower. I was explaining the difference. I was not alluding to anything.
i still wonder if (based on this thread's OP?) that Eisenhower's speech might be a "basis" for some conspiracy theories? (It could merit its own thread...).
2. The threat of communism was in JFK's mind a ruthless conspiracy that relied on covert means to expand it's influence:
"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
I think they are saying there is a hidden meaning that they can recognise but the uneducated masses do not - there is the boring explanation of communism for the sheep to consume, but then there is the secret meaning for the turned-on and awakened to comprehend in higher understanding.How do conspiracy theorists interpret this? Do they generally deny that JFK is here referring to the Soviet System? Do they believe rather that he is referring to some sort of unnamed shadowy cabal with vast resources and global reach?
Yes. Exciting isn't it? More exciting than Chicken Little, anyway.their brains told them »this is not important, focus on the conspiracy part«.
Besides the speech not meaning what Wigington thinks it means, JFK was assassinated two and half years after this speech. Not "shortly after".
Industrialized society has made modern man complacent beyond comprehension. For most, unpleasant truths about our government are not something to be investigated and exposed, but rather to be avoided and ignored at all costs. This paradigm must be overturned if we are to have any chance of long term survival. Unnecessary daily distractions must be discarded in exchange for a pursuit of the common good. Countless crimes that have been hidden by the power structure must be brought to light.
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
John F. Kennedy
JFK was assassinated shortly after he made the speech from which this quote was taken. This is the society in which we live and that many have so far chosen not only to accept but to embrace.
So what events do you think he was referring to when he said:This is thoroughly absurd and one of the most intellectually dishonest things I have ever read. You cannot be serious if you're trying to attribute JFK's references to Soviet Communism. In written form it is very easy to twist anyone's words and distort the original meaning if things are taken out of context - that is why it is essential to LISTEN to the speech as well, in its entirety, rather than nitpicking certain passages here or there to prove your dishonest point. It is very obvious what JFK is referring to from hearing the audio of his speech.
I want to talk about our common responsibilities in the face of a common danger. The events of recent weeks may have helped to illuminate that challenge for some; but the dimensions of its threat have loomed large on the horizon for many years.