I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

— Smedley Butler

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If only more of today's military personnel would realize that they are being used by the owning elite's as a publicly subsidized capitalist goon squad.

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War Is A Racket : I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.

Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher- ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service

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There are only two things we should fight for.

One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.

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War is just a racket... I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.

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I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long... Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents.

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We must take the profit out of war.

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No one told these American soldiers they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with US patents.

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War like any other racket, pays high dividends to the very few.

The cost of operations is always transferred to the people who do not profit.

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I selected an enormous Marine Corps emblem to be tattooed across my chest.

It required several sittings and hurt me like the devil, but the finished product was worth the pain. I blazed triumphantly forth, a Marine from throat to waist. The emblem is still with me. Nothing on earth but skinning will remove it.

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Only those who would be called upon to risk their lives for their country should have the privilege of voting to determine whether the nation should go to war.

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Why don't those damn oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a gas pump on it.

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War is a racket. 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.

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About Smedley Butler

Quotes 23 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Soldier
Birthday October 16

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious.

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One hundred and twenty Marines were detailed to officer a force of twenty-six hundred Haitians.

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...Senate Doc. # 259. The 65th congress(:)...The coal companies made between 100% and 7,856% on their capital stock during the war (to end all wars, WWI). ...The leather people sold your Uncle Sam hundreds of thousands of saddles for the calvary. But there wasn't any calvary overseas!

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It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country...but the profits...skyrocket.

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...The war (WWI) cost your Uncle Sam $52 billion. $39 billion was expended in the actual war period. This expenditure yielded $16 billion in profits.

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I had a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions. l might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents.

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My interest is, my one hobby is, maintaining a democracy.

If you get these 500,000 soldiers advocating anything smelling of Fascism, I am going to get 500,000 more and lick the hell out of you, and we will have a real war right at home.

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My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military.

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I spent thirty-three years in the Marines, most of my time being a hlgh class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.

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I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else.

If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

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