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War is a Recket - Reenacted.

War is a Recket - Reenacted.

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War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

Suggestions to limit war by General Butler:

  • Let the $30 / month stipend paid to military privates be the limit of income to all those that profit from war. Arms dealers. Uniform makers. War profiteers one & all.
  • Let only those being sent into battle vote for battle.
  • God to war only after proper deliberation & declaration to protect our homes & the Bill of Rights.

I have read carefully the treaty of Paris, [Settlement of the Spanish / American War, 1898] and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. . .

It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land

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