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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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Brigadier General Smedly D. Butler received orders to report to San Diego and prepared his family and his belongings for the new assignment. Quotes bytler War is a Racket: We had so many things going for us. All of them are looking ahead to war.

Smedley Butler – Wikipedia

Smedley answers these two ques Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement. After the Honduran campaign Butler returned to Philadelphia. The next morning they charged the much larger enemy force by breaking out in three directions.

This isn’t so much an antiwar book as it is an isolationist book.

Congressman grew up in Pennsylvania with Quaker roots. Let’s look at something else. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the ggeneral vicious. After his retirement from the Corps he wrote an article condemning war as a means for some people to get rich er without their families serving in the Armed Forces.

Take our friends the du Fonts, the powder people — didn’t one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war? Rac,et were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. Somebody had to make a profit in it — so we had a lot of McClellan saddles.


His views on the subject are summarized in the following passage from the November issue of the socialist magazine Common Sense: Butler made a nationwide tour in the early s giving his speech “War is a Racket”.

In some, you must own property. The Jews have already gotten me into a fine mess, as they have many other gentleman. Over the next few days street fighting and sniper fire posed a threat to Butler’s force, but a door-to-door search rooted out most of the resistance.

That is for all wmedley to get together generaal scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane.

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

So capital won’t permit the taking of the profit out of war until the people — those who do smedkey suffering and still pay the price — make up their minds that those they elect to office shall do their bidding, and not bitler of the profiteers.

No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. So we scattered them about without any “three-minute” or “Liberty Loan” speeches or parades.

Naval docks at Pearl Harbor, the U. War Is A Racket is his concrete summation of how we make war, smedlry we make war, and who profits and pays the price.

With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill. I’m just genedal sure how to rate this book, so I put it in the middle category of three stars.

A little copper, perhaps. It made enlistments easier. Then the bankers collected their profits. That always does well in war times. There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life.


Feb 18, James rated it really liked it Recommends it for: That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. This falls under the category of “Must Read. After Congress smeley, bonus marchers remained in the city and became unruly. Even before retiring from the Corps, Butler began developing his post-Corps career. Jul 08, Richard rated it liked it.

Smedley Butler

Despite his leg wound, Butler assisted the wounded officer to the rear. Take the shoe people. Napoleon once said, “All men are enamored of decorations. On January 1,his leave from the Marine Corps ended and the President declined a request for a second extension. We had the SSC under construction.

Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other’s throats. I operated on three continents. His work was condensed in Reader’s Digest as a book supplement, which helped popularize his message. The seams opened up — and they sank. 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 the 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.

This was the “war to end all wars. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and government bonds went to par — and above.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. Views Read Edit View history.

We must take the profit out of war.