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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Upon his retirement, Butler bought a home in Newtown SquarePennsylvania, where he lived with his wife. Our problem is to preserve our own democracy. rackey

A third step in this business of smashing the war racket is to make certain that our military forces are truly forces for defense only. Butler was a brave man, gwneral he shows us that military veterans, at least in retirement, need not be uncritical of militarism.

It is rotting away, while CERN took our place. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. Depression and all its attendant miseries. For instance, they sold Uncle Sam 35, pairs of raket service shoes.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. Every now and again something like this comes across my radar and I butleg better for it.


It made enlistments easier. Italy was ready to jump in.

Even so, it has had some effect. Wikiquote has quotations related to: The vocal stresses are quite jolting. I will take a squad of Marines and dig up that spot to prove you wrong! But what does it profit the men who are killed?

Listen to Senate Document No. The speech was so well received that he wrote a smddley version as a short book published in On July 28,two bonus marchers were shot by police, causing the entire mob to become hostile and riotous.

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Whether they are Fascists or Communists? 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That’s a part of the bill. An increase in profits of more than per cent. The tremendous excitement of the war, the sudden cutting off of that excitement — the young boys couldn’t stand it.

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

They were just told it was to be a “glorious adventure. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits.


Perhaps the broader tragedy gacket that such a short, cogent argument by one of the most decorated soldier Only a thinking soldier is ever truly a hero, and real heroes are what governments ruled by mislaid incentives despise the most.

He and bjtler son spent the night and ate with the men, and in the morning Butler gave a speech to the camping veterans. Did their profits jump — or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? On December 8,he said: An increase in profits of more than per cent. However, after retiring, he came to the conclusion that much of the fighting he had done had ultimately served the interests not of the American people or the people of the countries where he fought, but those of big businesses such as the United Fruit Company.

Military—industrial complex Morality Warfare. But what does it profit the masses? He walked through the camp and spoke to the veterans; he told them that they were fine soldiers and they had a right to lobby Congress just as much as any corporation. Who benefits from war? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.