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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There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to “about face”; to regard murder as the order of the day. General Smedley Butler, the most decorated American soldier probably ever, points out in this essay some MIC moves that remind the reader of skullduggery in the Iraq War, Vietnam War, etc. And the army should never leave the territorial limits of our nation. When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his mind broken, they suffered too — as much as and even sometimes more than he.

His most well known work is his book “War is a Racket”, in which he described war as a money making enterprise. He showed his integrity once again in retirement, when a group of industrialists, concerned by the Depression and outraged by FDR’s New Deal programs, planned to carry out a coup, overthrow the government, and put a puppet “president” in office.

The next time war is declared, and conscription is on the horizon, Butler proposes a limited national plebiscite on whether or not America should go to war. Smedley Darlington Butler Born: They don’t racekt a thing. Please try again later. Retrieved from ” https: How did they do in the war?

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It’s a little sad that in our culture it seems only a two-time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor can say something like this and be taken seriously, but that’s the world we live in. I’m just not sure how to rate this book, so I put it in the middle category of three stars. In iz World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. Many of our states raciet restrictions on those permitted to vote.


It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. Obviously our government cannot halt the utter trashing of what once was. Butler’s observations would be equally valid during the Roman Empire, the expansion of the British Empire, the conquest of South America by Spain and Portugal Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people — didn’t one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war?

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Skip to main content. Broken hearts and homes. Some people are getting rich off the carnage. If anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers.

It is the only one in majorr the profits are reckoned majlr dollars and the losses in lives. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. Oh, the looks on their faces! Then soldiers couldn’t bargain for their labor, Everyone else could bargain, but the soldier couldn’t. 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.

In the government hospital in Marion, Indiana, 1, of these boys are in pens! So too, Mordechai Vanunu. And the stocking manufacturer and the gneeral manufacturers and the cap manufacturers and the steel helmet manufacturers — all got theirs.

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

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. His book was one of the first works describing the workings of the military-industrial complex and after retiring from service, he became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the s.


Listen w Senate Document No. That always does well in war times. With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views. Apr 24, Alex Burrett rated it it was amazing. What does smsdley “open door” policy to China mean to us? Or, better yet, he could have attempted to show that Wilson or members of his cabinet had known they would personally profit from the war.

Aug 13, Gerry rated it liked it Shelves: I admire Smedley’s big brass balls for writing such a ‘piece’ – back when few knew how corrupt and disgusting governments and bankers are. Oh, the looks on their faces!

Butler was known for his leadership and commitment to the welfare of the men under his command. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Part of the book is an isolationist tract, whose arguments are weakened by the advent of the missile age, rendering the oceans no longer our protector, and by the Holocaust, I think. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3, of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Vanunu is a former Israeli nuclear technician who, citing his opposition to weapons of mass destruction, revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 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.