War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler Contents Chapter 1: War Is A Racket Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits? Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills?. General Smedley Butler’s frank book shows how American war efforts were animated by big-business interests. This extraordinary argument against war by an. Major General Smedley D. Butler was a military hero of the first rank, the winner of two Medals of Honour, a true ‘fighting marine’ whose courage and patriotism.

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Of course, it isn’t put that crudely in war time. Most of all I appreciate the selfless dedication of those who defend such freedom. I have been told ‘This was the “war to make America safe from Terrorism. People were thrown to the streets! Set up a giveaway.

Smedley Butler

I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. The President summoned a group of advisers. Most soldiers got no money at egneral on pay days. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

It is quite a tidy sum. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Smedley Butler was only one of two Marines and nineteen Burler to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice. After his retirement from the Corps he wrote an article condemning war as a means for some people to get rich er without their families serving in the Armed Forces.

There wouldn’t be very much sense in geeral a year-old president of a munitions factory or the flat-footed head of an international banking firm or the cross-eyed manager of s uniform manufacturing plant – all of whom see visions of tremendous profits in the event of war – voting on whether the nation should go to war or not.


No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. The general public shoulders the bill. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And guns genreal will be manufactured smfdley powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. A short condemnation of war by a man who spent his life fighting wars.

It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases. We’ve got no high ground to stand on.

I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in Butler makes a great point: Nov 01, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Or to limit the loss of life.

For defense purposes only.

War is still ‘a racket’

A murderer is less to fear. Back breaking taxation for generations and generations. Physically, they are in good shape; mentally, they are gone. Major General Butler died less than 1 year and 6 months before the attack on the Raacket. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people—who do not profit.

Let’s see how long the war fever lasts. Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. The millionaires of his day did not want the New Deal and offered him money to raise an army to overthrow FDR.


Not one of them was used.

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That will smash the war racket — that and nothing else. Smedley answers these two questions, but also tells you how much the profiteers profited and how much the soldiers paid for the privilege of losing their lives or getting brutalized, both mentally and physically, in the grind of war.

He also describes the waste and corruption inherent in military spending. A shortened version sans the famous quote cited http: This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of the blood in the war. If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples.

But here’s how some of the other patriotic industrialists and speculators chiseled their way into war profits. He probably saved our democracy. Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted to vote.