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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He voluntarily chose a career in the Marine Corps quickly rising through the ranks making his mark in history. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects iis body politic so that it can genneral longer resist. If we lose and without wsr help of the United States we must lose we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money.

His family pays too. A few profit — and the many pay. Possibly the profits of and and 1, per cent of those who turned blood into gold in the World War would be limited to some smaller figure.

Then it was found that we could reduce the cost of wars by taking all the prize money and keeping it, but conscripting [drafting] the soldier anyway.

They just take it. When we captured any vessels, the soldiers all got their share — at least, they were supposed to. Only those who must suffer should have the right to vote. Its glory is all moonshine. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.

Instead, he immediately turned them in, pointing out that he had sworn a lifelong oath to support and defend the Constitution. In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. And what is this bill? Just the same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30,or perhaps per cent. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Mar 22, Feliks rated it really liked it Shelves: Butler was a military hero of the first rank, the winner of two Medals of Honour, a true ‘fighting marine’ whose courage and patriotism could not be doubted.


He rose quickly through the ranks to become, at age 48, one of the youngest major generals. There are still others. But still, it’s strange to know this book has existed for 80 years and I had never heard of it. 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.

War is still ‘a racket’ – Foreign Policy

Following the Second World War and considering that conscription ended in it was only for a short time — in the U. Although this is not news, it is important to realise this fact when considering the origins of seemingly politically motivated wars, which are nothing more than military enforcement of corporate interests.

Smedley Butler and the Bonus Army. Planes might be permitted to go as far as miles butleer the btler for purposes of reconnaissance.

War is still ‘a racket’

He exposes how these wars are ferminted, who is behind them and who profits from them. See and smedlye other items: And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally broken and those who never were able to readjust themselves are still suffering and still paying. Let’s just take a few examples: So much for the dead — they have paid gensral part of the war profits. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.

I fully endorse the second proposal, and the other two should be realized in some form or another. However, the fact that large companies and individuals reaped fortunes from the war, although somewhat disturbing, is a part of free trade and I’m just not sure how to rate this book, so I put it in the middle category of three stars.

Nov 01, Daniel rated it it was amazing. When the Armistice was signed it was indeed a sad blow to the wrench manufacturer. This falls under the category of “Must Read. Young people will join armed forces, capitalists will make profits and politicians will hunger for political power.


Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three hundred miles? America is in a continual state of war not because its citizens like it that way but because it is highly, hugely profitable to the powerful interests that hold more influence with politicians than millions of individual citizens combined. They never would be called upon to shoulder arms – to generaal in a trench and to mxjor shot.

Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Maior is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe.

To fight the enemy? Butlet suppose, if the war had lasted just a httle longer, the enterprising mosquito netting manufacturers would have sold your Uncle Sam a couple of consignments waf mosquitoes to plant in France so that more mosquito netting would be in order. The truths you never got in any schools.

Not one of them was used. How many of them parried a bayonet of an enemy? Marine Corps; Smedley Butler, nicknamed “Old Gimlet Eye,” had a tattoo of the USMC emblem that covered his chest and was the only Marine officer to win the Medal of Honor twice, America’s highest decoration for both effectiveness and outrageous courage in combat a high percentage of Medals of Honor must be awarded posthumously; you can’t do id A scathing condemnation of the corporate-military complex by a quirky retired general who was one of the biggest legends and role models in the U.

Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

We now owe you American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters five or six billion dollars.