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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How many of them were wounded or killed in battle? I presume that other versions of this book are supplemented with other writing by Butler, but 35 pages??? Broken hearts and homes. Another step necessary in this fight to smash the war racket is the limited plebiscite to determine whether a war should be declared. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

WELL, it’s a racket, all right. Butler is the most decorated american soldier of all time and after he did 33 years in the Marine Corps, and survived WW1 he had a different stance on many things. What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? And war will continue to be a racket for a very long time. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders.


Or to limit the loss of life.

Major General Smedley Butler

I have no desire to furnish further grist for their mills. I have to Is War a Racket? Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final “about face” alone. Events Press Contact Terms of Use. Apparently, some things are timeless in the “military-industrial racket”. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations. There you have some of the steel and powder earnings.

There is ample precedent for restricting the voting to those affected. Dec 14, Chris Dietzel rated it it was amazing. Yes, ships rackeg continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. But it should be an informed decision. Ricks January 15, Defense BudgetMilitaryPentagon.

Millions upon millions of jobs – gone. The only trouble was that there was only one nut ever made that was large enough for these wrenches. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles. France only recently increased the term of military service for its youth from a year to eighteen months. This isn’t so much an antiwar book as it is an isolationist book.

Although written over 80 years ago it remains tops in the ultimate generral of war. It was easy for them to depress the price of these bonds.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Or, let’s take United States Steel. How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists.


We – our nation, wouldn’t just allow these things to happen. This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers’ aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda.

The vocal stresses are quite jolting. Just the same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30,or perhaps per cent. Smedley Butler and the Bonus Army. And what is this bill? See os discover other items: Our media is vulgar and denigrates Americans.

War is still ‘a racket’ – Foreign Policy

Then these same bankers stimulated a majoor and government bonds went to par — and above. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, Awarded two congressional medals of honor: We send our professional soldiers and our sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to these conferences.

By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war — even the munitions makers. Or to limit the loss of life. Let’s see how long the war fever lasts.