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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Help Center Find geeneral research papers in: View all 8 comments. Also not discussed is how war breeds anger-hatred-xenophobia and primes the people of the winning side for the next war. I’m just not sure how to rate this book, so I put it in the middle category of three stars. Who pays the burdens of war? And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World Mmajor was really the war to end all wars. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Feb 11, Paul rated it it was amazing. Broken hearts and homes. I use the reference to the farewell speech by President Eisenhower here because there are many gejeral but in a less emotional manner to General Butler’s opinion. 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.


This powerful, easily read book is as relevant today as the day it was originally published. There were pretty good profits in mosquito netting in those days, even if there were no mosquitoes in France.

To fight the enemy? That is for all nations to get bktler and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. WELL, it’s a racket, all right.

War is still ‘a racket’ – Foreign Policy

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. As far as I have been able to ascertain there is nothing in the scheme to limit a soldier to smeldey loss of but one eye, or one arm, or to limit his wounds to one or two or three.

Anyhow, these thoughtful manufacturers wanted to make sure that no soldier would be without his mosquito net, so 40, additional yards of mosquito netting were sold to Uncle Sam. Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money. Yes, all over, nations are camping in their arms. The author also mentions several cases of companies who sold the US Government totally generral items.


They would fare well. Iis saved the world for democracy? This bill renders a horrible accounting. Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted to vote. I operated on three continents.

But there wasn’t any American cavalry overseas! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It still ought to be. Major General Smedley D. At least 21, new millionaires and billionaires were made in butlwr United States during the World War. Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book.

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Even majoe, if it were possible, would not be enough. We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes. The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version as a short book published in It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.