Smedley Darlington Butler. Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, ; Educated: Haverford School; Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 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?. Brigadier General Smedley Butler, Major General War is just a racket. A racket is best War for any other reason is simply a racket. From a speech.

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Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.

Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket. We send our professional soldiers and os sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to these conferences. In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. At the request of the president, Butler served in the post from January until December Some people are getting rich off the carnage.

Not one of them was used. I will take a squad of Marines and dig up that spot to prove you wrong! All that traffic will bear.

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier

Perhaps the broader tragedy is that such a short, cogent argument by one of the most decorated soldiers in history is not considered required reading. We have qar tremendous coastline on the Pacific. I looked back to see if the child was hurt.


Butler and the Contradictions of American Military History reprint ed. Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money.

Obviously our government cannot halt the utter trashing of what once was.

There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the war. Just the same the manufacturers made ie little profit of 30,or perhaps per cent.

And the army should never leave the territorial limits of our nation. United States Library of Congress. We paid for them, though. For extraordinary heroism in action as Commanding Officer of detachments from the 5th, 13th, 23d Companies and the Marine and sailor detachment from the U.

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier by Smedley D. Butler

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. The parallels with today are too numerous to mention. During his Senate campaign, Butler spoke out forcefully about the veterans bonus. The chief aim of any power at any of these conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war iis rather to get more armament for itself and less for any potential foe.

He became widely known for his outspoken lectures against war profiteeringU.

Then along came the war and up went the profits. From the people we trust as our friends!


InButler wrote a book titled War Is a Racketwhere he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. Yangtze Service Medal [77]. Aug 13, Gerry rated it liked it Shelves: Yes, and what does it profit the nation? Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. An increase of more than 1, per cent.

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Take the shoe people. A little copper, perhaps.

If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Morgan banking firm was behind the plot. If we lose and without the help of the United States we must lose we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money. The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Archived from the original on February 8, Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted to vote.

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 Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe.