Tuesday, July 31, 2018

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler

You've all seen it, I know, but in case you haven't, this is good. An actor plays Smedley Butler giving his famous anti-war speech. Smedly Butler was America's most decorated general at the time of his death, but he spent the last years of his life as a peace campaigner. I don't remember at school anyone ever teaching me about Smedley Butler, and I searched the internet under images and no picture of a statue came up for him. KV

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.

1 comment:

Tom Hickey said...

.Full text of "War Is A Racket" at Internet Archive

Free download in several formats.

It's a must read. Should be required reading in US high schools.