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War is a Racket

Armory of the Revolution

smedley butler racket

One of my heroes is Smedley Butler, the highest decorated soldier in the history of the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Butler recognized that War is a Racket, and gave a brilliant speech by that title. It was the basis for a short book he published, reprinted in its entirety below.

Butler warned us that war is a business. That capitalists pursue it for profit. And that Americans are sacrificed on the altar of those profits.

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC. A great American hero!

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War is a Racket

Contents

Chapter 1: War Is A Racket
Chapter 2: Who Makes The Profits?
Chapter 3: Who Pays The Bills?
Chapter 4: How To Smash This Racket!
Chapter 5: To Hell With War!

Smedley Darlington Butler

  • Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881

  • Educated: Haverford School

  • Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905

  • Awarded two congressional medals…

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