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

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier❰BOOKS❯ ✫ War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier Author Smedley D. Butler – Heartforum.co.uk 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 could not be doubted Yet he came to believ Major General Smedley D Butler was a a Racket: PDF/EPUB ê military hero of the first rank, the winner of two Medals of Honour, a true fighting marine whose courage and patriotism could not be doubted Yet he came to believe that the wars in which he and his men had fought and bled and died were all pre planned conflicts, designed not so much to War is PDF/EPUB ² defend America as to bloat the balance sheets of US banks and corporationsWar Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D Butler In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit is a Racket: eBook ✓ from warfareAfter his retirement from the Marine Corps, Gen Butler made a nationwide tour in the early s giving his speech War is a Racket The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version as a small book with the same title that was published inby Round Table Press, Inc of New York The booklet was also condensed in Reader s Digest as a book supplement which helped popularize his message In an introduction to the Reader s Digest version, Lowell Thomas, the as told to author of Butler s oral autobiographical adventures, praised Butler s moral as well as physical courage.

Smedley Darlington Butler was a Major General a Racket: PDF/EPUB ê in the US Marine Corps, an outspoken critic of US military adventurism, and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in US history During his year career he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central America, the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War IAfter he War is PDF/EPUB ² retired he became a well known and outspoken critic of the US military industrial complex and, and a popular anti war speaker His most well known work is his book War is a Racket , in which he described war as a money making enterprise.

War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most
    War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most s Digest as a book supplement which helped popularize his message In an introduction to the Reader s Digest version, Lowell Thomas, the as told to author of Butler s oral autobiographical adventures, praised Butler s moral as well as physical courage."/>
  • Paperback
  • 79 pages
  • War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
  • Smedley D. Butler
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 0922915865

10 thoughts on “War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier

  1. James says:

    A scathing condemnation of the corporate military complex by a quirky retired general who was one of the biggest legends and role models in the U.S Marine Corps Smedley Butler, nicknamed Old Gimlet Eye, had a tattoo of the USMC emblem that covered his chest and was the only Marine officer to win the Medal of Honor twice, America s highest decoration for both effectiveness and outrageous courage in combat a high percentage of Medals of Honor must be awarded posthumously you can t do somethi A scathing condemnation of the corporate military complex by a quirky retired general who was one of the biggest legends and role models in the U.S Marine Corps Smedley Butler, nicknamed Old Gimlet Eye, had a tattoo of the USMC emblem that covered his chest and was the only Marine officer to win the Medal of Honor twice, America s highest decoration for both effectiveness and outrageous courage in combat a high percentage of Medals of Honor must be awarded posthumously you can t do something that will win this medal and have any realistic expectation of living through it even once 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 He refers to it as a racket in the sense that the corporate world that pulls the strings of the U.S government uses the American military as muscle essentially the same way as organized crime uses its low ranking members.Butler was not a pacifist he advocated a true department of defense, staffed, organized, stationed, and equipped so as to protect America but not to create or maintain an empire.He showed his integrity once again in retirement, when a group of industrialists, concerned by the Depression and outraged by FDR s New Deal programs, planned to carry out a coup, overthrow the government, and put a puppet president in office They asked Butler to lead their coup and be that puppet president Instead, he immediately turned them in, pointing out that he had sworn a lifelong oath to support and defend the Constitution One of my heroes.I encourage anyone contemplating military service to read this, to see another side than they ve probably been shown we do need armed forces, so the right thing to do may indeed be to enter or stay in the military But it should be an informed decision

  2. Chris Dietzel says:

    This falls under the category of Must Read Butler s argument is that the wealthy elite benefit financially from war while everyone else suffers, either through fighting in the wars or else from paying for the war that the rich get richer from Part of what makes the book so powerful is Butler s history he fought in WWI and was the most decorated soldier of his lifetime when he wrote this For me, that gives him credibility that can never be matched by a politician who probably never fought This falls under the category of Must Read Butler s argument is that the wealthy elite benefit financially from war while everyone else suffers, either through fighting in the wars or else from paying for the war that the rich get richer from Part of what makes the book so powerful is Butler s history he fought in WWI and was the most decorated soldier of his lifetime when he wrote this For me, that gives him credibility that can never be matched by a politician who probably never fought in a war going on TV and giving reasons for yet another conflict Read this each time some person on the news states the case for another war and you ll likely see how hollow their words are and how much weight Butler s words carry

  3. Vannessa Anderson says:

    War Is A Racket is an in your face expos about the lies politicians tell American taxpayers to justify their bloodthirsty and psychopathic lust for war.Impressive quotes I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism Front cover.I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914 I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National War Is A Racket is an in your face expos about the lies politicians tell American taxpayers to justify their bloodthirsty and psychopathic lust for war.Impressive quotes I spent 33 years in the Marines, most of my time being a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism Front cover.I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914 I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street The record of racketeering is long I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909 1912 I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916 In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested P 10For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it Now that I see the international war clouds again gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out P 24Yes, they are getting ready for another war Why shouldn t they It pays high dividends.But what does it profit the masses What does it profit the men who are killed What does it profit the men who are maimed What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts What does it profit their children What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits Yes, and what does it profit the nation Take our own case Until 1898 we didn t own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America At that time our national debt was a littlethan 1,000,000,000 Then we became internationally minded We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our Country We forgot Washington s warning about entangling alliances We went to war We acquired outside territory At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over 25,000,000,000 Therefore, on a purely financial bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.It would have been far cheaper not to say safer for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit P 26Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die This was the war to end wars This was the war to make the world safe for democracy No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits No one told these American soldiers that bullets made by their own brothers here might shoot them down No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents They were just told it was to be a glorious adventure p 35smash the war racket We must take the profit out of war We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes P 42War Is A Racket is a brilliantly written expose on war and why politicians like them.If your stomach is sensitive to horror, avoid looking at the pictures depicting the horror of war.War Is A Racket is a must read

  4. Kevin says:

    50 must read pages, especially for American patriots.The Brilliant Read it here m upgrading my rating because of this book s usefulness for specific audiences, i.e soldiers support our troops culture given the author s military accolades Major General of the Marine Corps, x2 Medal of Honor, etc It s quite something to hear someone so high ranking debunk the myths of making the world safe for democracy by explaining how US foreign policy 50 must read pages, especially for American patriots.The Brilliant Read it here m upgrading my rating because of this book s usefulness for specific audiences, i.e soldiers support our troops culture given the author s military accolades Major General of the Marine Corps, x2 Medal of Honor, etc It s quite something to hear someone so high ranking debunk the myths of making the world safe for democracy by explaining how US foreign policy poor Americans sent to kill even poorer people abroad to secure greater profits for the richest Americans Thus, we get chapters Who Makes the Profits and Who Pays the Bills As veteran anti war activist Michael Prysner says, our enemies are not in the poorest countries on the planet, but right here in the richest one The scum of the earth are revealed to be the major war profiteers, which happens to be the wealthiest US capitalist shareholders chicken hawks War is a racket It always has been.It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious It is the only one international in scope It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people Only a small inside group knows what it is about It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many Out of war a few people make huge fortunes My favorite quote from Butler came from his speeches The Good Let us fill in the gaps to this 1935 intro 1 Capitalism and War Butler reveals astronomical wartime profits, and how top capitalists industrialists and financiers all share in the spoils Thus, his 1 step to smash this racket is to take the profit out of war his other steps were 2 vote for war taken from those who risk their lives, i.e soldiers, and 3 military limited to self defense Butler suggests a wartime conscription income for everyone to match that of soldiers Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly 30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds Sadly, given the byzantine nature of profit esp capital gains , what is really needed is directly smashing capitalism s concentrated ownership of capital The relationship between capitalism and war was a crucial topic during WWI Capitalism s logic of endless growth since economic action is driven by profits, economies of scale reduces costs while profits are threatened by competition and saturated markets requires expansion Unlike the notion of peaceful commerce, W.E.B Du Bois connected the imperialist Scramble for Africa to the rivalry that led to WWI in The African Roots of War 1915 Lenin the Russian Revolution had strong anti WWI sentiments soon published Imperialism The Highest Stage of Capitalism Given capitalism s boom bust nature of profits, war is the ultimate reset button like a perverse debt jubilee War vanquishes capital that has lost profitability regardless of social needs it was WWII not the New Deals that fully brought the US out of the Great Depression 2 Whose Enemies When Butler says he was a gangster for capitalism , US imperialism was rising it was not until WWII, when the other world powers decimated each other as US capitalists profited from selling to both sides, that the empire was fully formed The empire made sure no challenges to capitalism could emerge, in particular the countries fighting to liberate themselves from colonialism Killing Hope U.S Military and C.I.A Interventions Since World War II The Red Scare was crucial Communism, in its attempt for the underclass to seize the state and control capital, was indeed the ultimate threat to capitalists Western capitalism praised Fascism for its ability to whip labor into shape and kill communists to secure industrial profits Fascism only become a problem when their expansionism threatened Western capitalist markets Blackshirts and Reds Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism In fact, Butler directly experienced Fascism in the US In the Business Plot, a group of US capitalist elites tried to recruit Butler to perform a fascist coup against FDR The Plot to Seize the White House The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR The Cold War arms race was closer to an arms chase, where the USSR ravaged by the Nazi invasion, rapid industrialization, and civil war could not keep up with the US s Madman strategy risking annihilation The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner and dollar hegemony Super Imperialism New Edition The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S World Dominance After USSR collapsed, the War on Terror found a new enemy in the same reactionary forces that the US had weaponized against USSR The symbiosis of violence legitimates the zealots on all sides The Management of Savagery How America s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump US foreign policy for the 1% Parenti on capitalism s global wars anti war activist Michael Prysner Capitalist Propaganda and Democracy While Butler recognizes the use of propaganda to sell WWI, he seems to think a free press is a sufficient counter provided it had access to the secrecy However, freedom in a capitalist society prioritizes the freedom of capital one dollar one vote , and the corporate media has evolved to be the key tool for war propaganda Prospects for Democracy The millions who protested the 2003 invasion of Iraq were able to overcome corporate media propaganda, only to be ignored as the war continued Democracy is not handed down from above it must be taken from below ex shutting down capitalist profits via mass strikes, not just weekend parades The sophistication of capitalist propaganda Necessary Illusions Thought Control in Democratic Societies Case studies in US corporate media coverage of foreign policy Manufacturing Consent The Political Economy of the Mass Media US corporate media s ideological censorship war culture Bad My previous lower rating was for readers not indoctrinated by US war propaganda or sitting one the fence this book is a bittersweet admission of guilt by a general to war crimes For all the talk about the hardship of imperialism s soldiers, imagine what it is like for the world s poorest to experience imperialism s high tech bombs and chemical weapons

  5. Feliks says:

    It s an extremely swift read Strongly felt, and strongly worded, written by a simple, straightforward, outraged American Justifiably outraged In a nutshell the unholy trio of big business, lobby driven government, and military has only one result vile war profiteering The awarding of military contracts underpins capitalism and has us locked in a vicious cycle which still goes on today Halliburton, KBR, etc.Butler makes a great point after the Civil War but before the age of gunboat d It s an extremely swift read Strongly felt, and strongly worded, written by a simple, straightforward, outraged American Justifiably outraged In a nutshell the unholy trio of big business, lobby driven government, and military has only one result vile war profiteering The awarding of military contracts underpins capitalism and has us locked in a vicious cycle which still goes on today Halliburton, KBR, etc.Butler makes a great point after the Civil War but before the age of gunboat diplomacy , before the age of American Imperialism, before we had jingoistic adventures in Japan, China, Tripoli, the Philippines we had a paltry national debt of just 1m After the pattern of foreign wars began, our national debt has never receded Big, powerful companies ever since the rise of the Rockefellers, Carnegies, and DuPonts have raped the American economy for short term profit and left US citizens holding the bag Not to mention American lives that were lost.President Woodrow Wilson got elected on an anti war platform So why did we wind up fighting in WWI Because we had lent 6m to Britain France and they warned us that if we lost, they would not be able to pay it back.Sigh A lot of people today talk of their hatred of socialism, and they label socialism with every epithet and criticism they can think of Yet there is no economic system with as much blood on its hands as capitalism We ve got no high ground to stand on How much blood has Sweden shed in the modern era

  6. Jeremy Smith says:

    Is War a Racket For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket I have been told This was the war to make America safe from Terrorism No mentioned to us , as we marched away, that our going and our dying would mean huge war profits.As a soldier I have to agree with almost everything that Gen Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book He wrote this book over 70 years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war I have to Is War a Racket For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket I have been told This was the war to make America safe from Terrorism No mentioned to us , as we marched away, that our going and our dying would mean huge war profits.As a soldier I have to agree with almost everything that Gen Smedley Butler, a two time Medal of Honor winner has to say in this book He wrote this book over 70 years ago, frustrated at how the US goes to war I have to say that not much has changed, except how the Racket is achieved Why is the US still currently in Afghanistan Why am I, as a soldier on my third deployment to the Middle East Simply put, Money Yes, the politicians paint the picture that we are here to ensure that Al Qaeda doesn t come back to power, and so that Afghanistan can become an independent nation No, this is not the case, we are still here because there is money to be made

  7. Cwn_annwn_13 says:

    Written in the 1930 s by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past 100 years has been Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his Written in the 1930 s by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past 100 years has been Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his military sevice was nothing but a high class muscle man for big business, for wall street and the bankers He exposes how these wars are ferminted, who is behind them and who profits from them He also talks about his own isolationalist political ideas that I can agree with most of his points on There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life Butler was a great American that should be admired and honored but sadly few people have a clue as to who he is and what he did

  8. Mark Mortensen says:

    With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views He had a following, while others considered him to be a loaded firecracker.Smedley Darlington Butler the son of a U.S Congressman grew up in Pennsylvania with Quaker roots He voluntarily chose a career in the Marine Corps quickly rising through the ranks making his mark in history Major General Butler USMC the recipient of two Medals of Honor did not retire quietly One should separate his With such an eye catching title and knowledge of the author I had to check out his controversial views He had a following, while others considered him to be a loaded firecracker.Smedley Darlington Butler the son of a U.S Congressman grew up in Pennsylvania with Quaker roots He voluntarily chose a career in the Marine Corps quickly rising through the ranks making his mark in history Major General Butler USMC the recipient of two Medals of Honor did not retire quietly One should separate his military service from his active retirement.Upon retirement in the 1930 s with politics in his blood Butler crisscrossed America voicing his opinion of big business and war His issue was not with the defense of America, but with engagements on foreign soil His main theory was Money Wall Street Big Business War Racket He mentions that the way to avoid war is to take away the profit motive The peace movement seeking monetary funding is also labeled a racket.In his day there were Banana Wars and other skirmishes that had no real connection to the defense of our nation Therefore to some degree Butler is correct and it is healthy to ask questions, big questions however his conclusions seem too absolute I favor free market capitalism but without checks, balances and consequences graft and corruption can take place The 21st Century is a global society and as nice as isolation might be, life today is not that simple on plant earth At times there isto worry about than a potential racket as true evil also exists I m thankful for America s freedom of speech and freedom of press where Butler could openly express his views to others Most of all I appreciate the selfless dedication of those who defend such freedom

  9. Edward Rathke says:

    Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement.What s interesting about Smedley is that he s not against war in a general sense He s against the kind of war that had become common in the early 20th century which is the model for all wars now To put it a different way he was not against war, but he was against imperialism.Smedley dissects WWI in quick and simple ways that are sort of a cost benefit analysis Who benefits from war Who pays the burdens of war Smedley answers these two ques Such a simple and powerful and obvious statement.What s interesting about Smedley is that he s not against war in a general sense He s against the kind of war that had become common in the early 20th century which is the model for all wars now To put it a different way he was not against war, but he was against imperialism.Smedley dissects WWI in quick and simple ways that are sort of a cost benefit analysis Who benefits from war Who pays the burdens of war Smedley answers these two questions, but also tells you how much the profiteers profited and how much the soldiers paid for the privilege of losing their lives or getting brutalized, both mentally and physically, in the grind of war.Indispensable reading, really I m shocked I had never heard of it till relatively recently Or, I m not shocked, because this is exactly the kind of book that powerful people don t want you to read But still, it s strange to know this book has existed for 80 years and I had never heard of it It really is a simple book, and a clear explanation of who benefits and who loses in war.The TL DR version is you lose, and soldiers lose .Banks and arms dealers make big

  10. Christopher says:

    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 However, Smedley seems to reduce the cost of war primarily to its economic terms and goes into the figures of how much companies make during war time and preparation for war time 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 However, Smedley seems to reduce the cost of war primarily to its economic terms and goes into the figures of how much companies make during war time and preparation for war time Smedley died before WWII and all of the statistics and numbers he gives in this op ed piece are really chump change compared to what transpired after the military industrial complex truly exploded Still, his sentiment is sincere and at the time it was written, there weren t too many men with his credentials able to speak out this way, calling out Wall Street and their bought and paid for politicians but the value I think of Smedley Butler liesin what he did for his fellow military men than what he wrote Smedley Butler and the Bonus Army

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