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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Perhaps, like the munitions generall and armament makers, they also sold to the enemy. Some of these shoes probably are still in existence. Smedley Butler was a man not just uncommonly brave on the battlefield, but even braver to speak out against the masters of war who would rule the country, and the world.

Just the same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30,or perhaps per cent. Take the shoe people. The word boondoggle is too benign for the cancer of corrupt and bungled arms contracts that is the F Defense BudgetMilitaryPentagon.

I picked it up on Amazon and I am better for it after reading. I suppose the boys were expected to put it over them as they tried to sleep in muddy trenches — one hand scratching cooties on their backs and the other making passes at wr rats. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry butlwr for blood, for vengeance, for desolation.

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He wrote this book over 70 years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war. 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 smerley division shall be killed. But war-time profits — ah!


Now let’s look at their average yearly profit during the war years, to And what is this bill? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy. We forgot George Washington’s warning about “entangling alliances.

Until the Civil War there were no medals. But it cannot survive treason from within. He spoke frankly and honestly about his experiences and opinions, and was very popular with the American public.

Whether they are Fascists or Communists? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? His proposed solutions to war — make war industry leaders work at soldiers’ pay levels to see how hard it is; stop predatory financial practices targeting veterans; and let all military-age Americans vote whether or not to OK a war — aren’t going to happen anytime soon, but they inspire reflection and capture a past socialist ethos in America.

What’s interesting about Smedley is that he’s not against war in a general sense. The issues we are dealing with, however, are by no means new and did not start with the F or even during the Reagan administration.

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Some of the ships were all right. Pages with related products. Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. Combine this short book with another. They are not for disarmament.

It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases. Want to Read saving…. Apparently, some things are timeless in the “military-industrial racket”. After he retired he became a well-known and outspoken critic of the US military-industrial complex and, and a popular anti-war speaker.

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

Let the smedleu 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 dar and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders — everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!


The tremendous mahor of the war, the sudden cutting off of that excitement — the young boys couldn’t stand it. Only those who would be called upon to risk their lives for their country should have the privilege of voting to determine whether the nation should go to war.

War is a racket, and our maddened politicians will never say to hell with war.

In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. His most well known work is his book “War is a Racket”, in which he described war as a money making enterprise. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I guess leave it to the soldiers to be able to spot this stuff.

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And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally broken and those butelr never were able to readjust themselves are still suffering and still paying. Now the trend is to poison us against the Japanese. Just before World War I, the pro The pieces that make up this book were first published about 70 years ago. I’m shocked I had never heard of it till relatively recently. Why, when the war was over some 4, sets of equipment — knapsacks and the things that go to fill them — crammed warehouses on this side.

Who provides the profits — these nice little profits of 20, 1, and 1, per cent?