War Is a Racket

War Is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler published in 1935, one year after Butler turned down the 1% of his day who wanted him to replace FDR as President. It would have been America’s first coup; that was to happen later with the replacement of JFK by LBJ. Until he retired, Butler was a Brigader General in the Marines and he led several invasions of countries in Central America and the Caribbean on behalf of the US Government acting in the interests of wealthy US citizens and corporations. He decided that war is a racket that benefits only the wealthy. His prescription for ending wars is as follows:

“To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash 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.”

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