Thursday, January 7, 2010

War Is A Racket

War Is a Racket
Major General Smedley Butler USMC
Round Table Press, Inc., New York

"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."

Dramatization of a General Butler speech..


  1. Thank you for posting this speech by a great American. BTW in addition to winning two medals of honour (!) he was also put in for a victorian cross but not given one as he did not serve in the British Army.

  2. There was a 30s era detective show back in 70s with General Butler as a character (Harry Morgan)exposing the fascists.

    Thanks for the comments mark! Keep tuning in.