Well, it's not a military-industrial complex per se. It's broader than that. It's actually a government-corporative complex. Hence the term, coined by the infamous Cold Fury, "FedGovCo."
And it's leading us into very troubling waters. Ever wonder why the definition of a 'crime' seems to be 'whatever FedGovCo wants it to be?' Maybe, at least in part, because this:
No wonder America is criminalizing mundane activities, arresting Americans for minor violations, and locking them up for long stretches of time. There’s a significant amount of money being made by the police, the courts, the prisons, and the corporations.
What we’re witnessing is the expansion of corrupt government power in the form of corporate partnerships which both increase the reach of the state into our private lives while also adding a profit motive into the mix, with potentially deadly consequences.
This perverse mixture of government authoritarianism and corporate profits is now the prevailing form of organization in American society today. We are not a nation dominated by corporations, nor are we a nation dominated by government. We are a nation dominated by corporations and government together, in partnership, against the interests of individuals, society and ultimately our freedoms.
Anyone have an alternative explanation?