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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Uncle Sam has the money. The parallels with today are too numerous to mention. Smedley demonstrates the high public cost and resultant high business profits of war, giving many examples of US companies which greatly increased their profits during WW1.

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 buttler constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples.

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

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. He never proves his thesis. Retrieved from ” https: There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later. Giving soldiers medals for service was much cheaper than giving money, which was the norm in the US Civil War.

In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was butelr racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. They were just told it was to be a “glorious adventure. Let’s look at something else. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a “war to make the world safe for democracy” genera, a “war to end all wars.

There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the war. No, this is not the case, we are still here because there is money to be made. We must take the profit out of war. The startled Haitians fled. How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out?


Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. They should be the ones to have the power to decide — and not a Congress few of whose members are within the age limit and fewer still of whom are in physical condition to bear arms.

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

For defense purposes only. This book was butlsr suggestion from a friend. Brigadier General Smedly D. Our President refused to aid their quest for those weapons of mass destruction.

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We shut down the Saturn V assembly plants, the hardware is trashed. Until we didn’t own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America.

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. 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. Historians have not reported any independent evidence apart from Butler’s report on what MacGuire told him.

It pays high dividends. Our ‘bestest’ friends – they had the BIG motive in their zionist minds to ‘remove’ the obstacle between themselves and thermonuclear weaponry.

At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. Or, I’m not shocked, because this is exactly the kind of book that powerful people don’t want you to read.

They, too, bought Liberty Bonds and contributed to the profit of the bankers after the Armistice in the hocus-pocus of manipulated Liberty Bond prices. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. A good read for thought. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Medal of Honor [3] [11] [77]. Smedley died before WWII and all of the statistics and numbers he gives in this ” I have to admit, all of the hype I’d encountered before finally getting to this book led me to believe that this would be an articulate and impassioned voice of “right” over “might” from the pen of one the USMC’s mightiest warriors.


Eight pairs, and more, to a soldier. He instructed them to keep their sense of humor and cautioned them not to do anything that would cost public sympathy.

Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And what is this bill? I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war. No one told these American soldiers that bullets made by their own brothers here might shoot them down. Butlet look at something else.

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It can be smashed effectively only by radket the profit out of war. The paid for it in the trenches where they shot and were shot; where they were hungry for days at a time; where they slept in the mud and the cold and in the rain — with the moans and shrieks of the dying for a horrible lullaby. Capital still has some say. To insinuate that a provider, earning a positive return on his investment, is guilty of causing a war because he profits from his enterprise is teneral logic at best and most definitely socialistic.

The Pacific is a great big ocean. When they arrived at Trujillohowever, they heard gunfire, and came upon a battle in progress that had been smddley for 55 hours between rebels called Bonillista and Honduran government soldiers at a local fort.

There wouldn’t be very much sense in having a year-old president of a munitions factory or the flat-footed smddley of an international banking firm or bugler 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.

The separate pieces were published in a time when many Americans felt that getting involved in another European war that had nothing to do with America, was a terrible idea. Archived from the original on February 8,