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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War Is A Racket by Major General Smedley Butler () | Dave Edwards –

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Let the workers in these plants get the same wages — all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers — yes, and all generals and all admirals smedely all officers and all politicians and all government office holders — everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not najor exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!

One very versatile patriot sold Uncle Sam twelve dozen inch wrenches.

Marine Corps, an outspoken critic of U. A little copper, perhaps. What Butler saw in his day certainly lives on in ours; gwneral men and women being sent off to fight for a cause that isn’t what they think it is, profit masquerading as patriotism, men stuffing their wallets off a war that costs them nothing while shattered minds and bodies pay everything for nothing in return.

The S,edley Nye committee probe of the munitions industry and its wartime profits, despite its sensational disclosures, hardly has scratched the surface. All of them are looking ahead to war. The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent.

They would fare well.


Scott rated it liked it. And war will continue to be a racket for a very long time. His issue was not with the defense of America, but with engagements on foreign soil. But the others paid, too — they paid with heartbreaks when they tore themselves away from their firesides and their families to don the uniform of Uncle Sam — on which a profit had been made.

War is still ‘a racket’

To fight the enemy? I am not a fool as to rwcket that war is a thing of the past. Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks.

How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never become public – even before a Senate investigatory body. But that’s not surprising. There is nothing in this scheme, apparently, that says not more than 12 per cent of a regiment shall be wounded in battle, or that not more than 7 per cent in a division shall be killed.

Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. The TL;DR version is: By Major General Smedley Butler. He rose quickly through the ranks to become, at age 48, one of the youngest major generals. Again they are choosing sides. The 4, young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.

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Then why, when the war came, did that same profit margin skyrocket to hundreds, or even thousands of percent? He gives the reason for buhler conviction and correctly predicts a coming war in Europe and Asia, specifically mentioning how the US Navy was provoking Japan with war games in the Pacific.

Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war. In War Is a RacketIe points to a variety of examples, mostly from World War Iwhere industrialistswhose operations were subsidised by public fundingwere able to generate substantial profitsmaking money from mass human suffering.


Its glory is all moonshine. It brings business with abnormal profits. They are not for disarmament. The author is not some pacifist coward but a warrior who has realized that he and the ones he served with in battle have been had by some very evil men. Capital still has some say. In most, it is necessary to be able to read and write before you may vote. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American geeneral interests in How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets?

Yes, the politicians paint the picture that we are here to ensure that Al Qaeda doesn’t come back to power, and so that Afghanistan can become an independent nation. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

From the people we trust as our friends! Then he planned to sell these, too, to your Uncle Sam. Cicero himself certainly was not a nobody, and for one of this stature to have to “speak softly” shows that he was in the presence of a dangerously powerful sphere of influence. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street.

Three stars is generous in my view but would rather give this book a 2.