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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We have a tremendous coastline on the Pacific. It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases. He made his way to the U.

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

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.

On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. After that, he began to speak out about the real motives behind America’s military actions–profit.

To what extent isn’t suggested. The pages within and between that represented this book in was simply off base – time would prove this. 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 All of them are looking ahead to war.

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

He also met Littleton Wallera fellow Marine with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. The army presented one, nine went to Marines and 46 were bestowed upon naval personnel. Nov 18, Steve Comstock rated it really liked it Shelves: I will butlsr a squad of Marines and dig up that spot to prove you wrong!


In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. Five hundred of them in a barracks with steel bars and wires all around outside the buildings and on the porches. This book was a suggestion from a friend.

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We are paying gsneral, our children will pay it, and our children’s children probably still will be paying the cost of that war. But the manufacturers collected their wartime profits on smedlley — and they will do it all over again the next time.

The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life. John Wehleand two sons, Smedley Darlington Jr. He donated much of his earnings from his lucrative lecture circuits to the Philadelphia unemployment relief.

They aren’t sleeping in muddy trenches. When he returned to the United States in he was promoted to major general, becoming, at age 48, the youngest major general of the Marine Corps.

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By rackef this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This has had me thinking ever since and probably will for awhile. All they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy when they could get smdeley and kill and kill and kill. In DecemberButler toured the country with James E.

His views on the subject are summarized in the following passage from the November issue of the socialist magazine Common Sense: One very versatile patriot sold Uncle Sam twelve dozen inch wrenches. They paid another part in the training camps where they were regimented and drilled while others took their jobs and their places in the lives of their communities.


Premier Mussolini knows what waar are being trained for.

We paid for them, though. Senate in the Republican primary in Pennsylvania in March as a proponent of Prohibitionknown as a “dry”. It pays high dividends. God is on our side. Somebody had to get rid of this leather, however.

Butler told Congress that MacGuire had told him the attempted coup was wxr by three million dollars, and that themen were probably to be assembled in Washington, D. Our President refused to aid their quest for those weapons of mass destruction. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders.

The Sixty-Fifth Congress, reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues. There wouldn’t be very much sense in having a year-old president of a munitions factory or the flat-footed head of an international banking firm or w cross-eyed manager of a uniform manufacturing plant — all of whom see visions of tremendous profits in the event of war — voting on whether the nation should go to war or not. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to “about face”; to regard murder as the order of the day.

You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. And it went to a very few. Smedley dissects WWI in quick and simple ways that are sort of a cost benefit analysis.