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War Is A Racket by Major General Smedley Butler
Smedley Darlington Butler

  • Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881
  • Educated: Haverford School
  • Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905
  • Awarded two congressional medals of honor:
    1. capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914
    2. capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917

  • Distinguished service medal, 1919
  • Major General - United States Marine Corps
  • Retired Oct. 1, 1931
  • On leave of absence to act as
    director of Dept. of Safety, Philadelphia, 1932
  • Lecturer -- 1930's
  • Republican Candidate for Senate, 1932
  • Died at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, June 21, 1940
  • For more information about Major General Butler,
    contact the United States Marine Corps.

War Is A Racket
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.
In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few -- the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.
And what is this bill?
This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.
Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep's eyes at each other, forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over the Polish Corridor.
The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other's throats. Italy was ready to jump in. But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are looking ahead to war. Not the people -- not those who fight and pay and die -- only those who foment wars and remain safely at home to profit.
There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making.
Hell's bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?
Not in Italy, to be sure. Premier Mussolini knows what they are being trained for. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out. Only the other day, Il Duce in "International Conciliation," the publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said:
"And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace. . . . War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it."
Undoubtedly Mussolini means exactly what he says. His well-trained army, his great fleet of planes, and even his navy are ready for war -- anxious for it, apparently. His recent stand at the side of Hungary in the latter's dispute with Jugoslavia showed that. And the hurried mobilization of his troops on the Austrian border after the assassination of Dollfuss showed it too. There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later.
Herr Hitler, with his rearming Germany and his constant demands for more and more arms, is an equal if not greater menace to peace. France only recently increased the term of military service for its youth from a year to eighteen months.
Yes, all over, nations are camping in their arms. The mad dogs of Europe are on the loose. In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. Back in 1904, when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Then our very generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now the trend is to poison us against the Japanese. What does the "open door" policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about $90,000,000 a year. Or the Philippine Islands? We have spent about $600,000,000 in the Philippines in thirty-five years and we (our bankers and industrialists and speculators) have private investments there of less than $200,000,000.
Then, to save that China trade of about $90,000,000, or to protect these private investments of less than $200,000,000 in the Philippines, we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to war -- a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men.
Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit -- fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well.
Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends.
But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children?
What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?
Yes, and what does it profit the nation?
Take our own case. Until 1898 we didn't own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became "internationally minded." We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington's warning about "entangling alliances." We went to war. We acquired outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over $25,000,000,000. Our total favorable trade balance during the twenty-five-year period was about $24,000,000,000. Therefore, on a purely bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.
It would have been far cheaper (not to say safer) for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people -- who do not profit.

Who Makes The Profits?
The World War, rather our brief participation in it, has cost the United States some $52,000,000,000. Figure it out. That means $400 to every American man, woman, and child. And we haven't paid the debt yet. We are paying it, our children will pay it, and our children's children probably still will be paying the cost of that war.
The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits -- ah! that is another matter -- twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent -- the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let's get it.
Of course, it isn't put that crudely in war time. It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and "we must all put our shoulders to the wheel," but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket -- and are safely pocketed. Let's just take a few examples:
Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people -- didn't one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war? Or saved the world for democracy? Or something? How did they do in the war? They were a patriotic corporation. Well, the average earnings of the du Ponts for the period 1910 to 1914 were $6,000,000 a year. It wasn't much, but the du Ponts managed to get along on it. Now let's look at their average yearly profit during the war years, 1914 to 1918. Fifty-eight million dollars a year profit we find! Nearly ten times that of normal times, and the profits of normal times were pretty good. An increase in profits of more than 950 per cent.
Take one of our little steel companies that patriotically shunted aside the making of rails and girders and bridges to manufacture war materials. Well, their 1910-1914 yearly earnings averaged $6,000,000. Then came the war. And, like loyal citizens, Bethlehem Steel promptly turned to munitions making. Did their profits jump -- or did they let Uncle Sam in for a bargain? Well, their 1914-1918 average was $49,000,000 a year!
Or, let's take United States Steel. The normal earnings during the five-year period prior to the war were $105,000,000 a year. Not bad. Then along came the war and up went the profits. The average yearly profit for the period 1914-1918 was $240,000,000. Not bad.
There you have some of the steel and powder earnings. Let's look at something else. A little copper, perhaps. That always does well in war times.
Anaconda, for instance. Average yearly earnings during the pre-war years 1910-1914 of $10,000,000. During the war years 1914-1918 profits leaped to $34,000,000 per year.
Or Utah Copper. Average of $5,000,000 per year during the 1910-1914 period. Jumped to an average of $21,000,000 yearly profits for the war period.
Let's group these five, with three smaller companies. The total yearly average profits of the pre-war period 1910-1914 were $137,480,000. Then along came the war. The average yearly profits for this group skyrocketed to $408,300,000.
A little increase in profits of approximately 200 per cent.
Does war pay? It paid them. But they aren't the only ones. There are still others. Let's take leather.
For the three-year period before the war the total profits of Central Leather Company were $3,500,000. That was approximately $1,167,000 a year. Well, in 1916 Central Leather returned a profit of $15,000,000, a small increase of 1,100 per cent. That's all. The General Chemical Company averaged a profit for the three years before the war of a little over $800,000 a year. Came the war, and the profits jumped to $12,000,000. a leap of 1,400 per cent.
International Nickel Company -- and you can't have a war without nickel -- showed an increase in profits from a mere average of $4,000,000 a year to $73,000,000 yearly. Not bad? An increase of more than 1,700 per cent.
American Sugar Refining Company averaged $2,000,000 a year for the three years before the war. In 1916 a profit of $6,000,000 was recorded.
Listen to Senate Document No. 259. The Sixty-Fifth Congress, reporting on corporate earnings and government revenues. Considering the profits of 122 meat packers, 153 cotton manufacturers, 299 garment makers, 49 steel plants, and 340 coal producers during the war. Profits under 25 per cent were exceptional. For instance the coal companies made between 100 per cent and 7,856 per cent on their capital stock during the war. The Chicago packers doubled and tripled their earnings.
And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. If anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And their profits were as secret as they were immense. How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never become public -- even before a Senate investigatory body.
But here's how some of the other patriotic industrialists and speculators chiseled their way into war profits.
Take the shoe people. They like war. It brings business with abnormal profits. They made huge profits on sales abroad to our allies. Perhaps, like the munitions manufacturers and armament makers, they also sold to the enemy. For a dollar is a dollar whether it comes from Germany or from France. But they did well by Uncle Sam too. For instance, they sold Uncle Sam 35,000,000 pairs of hobnailed service shoes. There were 4,000,000 soldiers. Eight pairs, and more, to a soldier. My regiment during the war had only one pair to a soldier. Some of these shoes probably are still in existence. They were good shoes. But when the war was over Uncle Sam has a matter of 25,000,000 pairs left over. Bought -- and paid for. Profits recorded and pocketed.
There was still lots of leather left. So the leather people sold your Uncle Sam hundreds of thousands of McClellan saddles for the cavalry. But there wasn't any American cavalry overseas! Somebody had to get rid of this leather, however. Somebody had to make a profit in it -- so we had a lot of McClellan saddles. And we probably have those yet.
Also somebody had a lot of mosquito netting. They sold your Uncle Sam 20,000,000 mosquito nets for the use of the soldiers overseas. I suppose the boys were expected to put it over them as they tried to sleep in muddy trenches -- one hand scratching cooties on their backs and the other making passes at scurrying rats. Well, not one of these mosquito nets ever got to France!
Anyhow, these thoughtful manufacturers wanted to make sure that no soldier would be without his mosquito net, so 40,000,000 additional yards of mosquito netting were sold to Uncle Sam.
There were pretty good profits in mosquito netting in those days, even if there were no mosquitoes in France. I suppose, if the war had lasted just a little longer, the enterprising mosquito netting manufacturers would have sold your Uncle Sam a couple of consignments of mosquitoes to plant in France so that more mosquito netting would be in order.
Airplane and engine manufacturers felt they, too, should get their just profits out of this war. Why not? Everybody else was getting theirs. So $1,000,000,000 -- count them if you live long enough -- was spent by Uncle Sam in building airplane engines that never left the ground! Not one plane, or motor, out of the billion dollars worth ordered, ever got into a battle in France. Just the same the manufacturers made their little profit of 30, 100, or perhaps 300 per cent.
Undershirts for soldiers cost 14¢ [cents] to make and uncle Sam paid 30¢ to 40¢ each for them -- a nice little profit for the undershirt manufacturer. And the stocking manufacturer and the uniform manufacturers and the cap manufacturers and the steel helmet manufacturers -- all got theirs.
Why, when the war was over some 4,000,000 sets of equipment -- knapsacks and the things that go to fill them -- crammed warehouses on this side. Now they are being scrapped because the regulations have changed the contents. But the manufacturers collected their wartime profits on them -- and they will do it all over again the next time.
There were lots of brilliant ideas for profit making during the war.
One very versatile patriot sold Uncle Sam twelve dozen 48-inch wrenches. Oh, they were very nice wrenches. The only trouble was that there was only one nut ever made that was large enough for these wrenches. That is the one that holds the turbines at Niagara Falls. Well, after Uncle Sam had bought them and the manufacturer had pocketed the profit, the wrenches were put on freight cars and shunted all around the United States in an effort to find a use for them. When the Armistice was signed it was indeed a sad blow to the wrench manufacturer. He was just about to make some nuts to fit the wrenches. Then he planned to sell these, too, to your Uncle Sam.
Still another had the brilliant idea that colonels shouldn't ride in automobiles, nor should they even ride on horseback. One has probably seen a picture of Andy Jackson riding in a buckboard. Well, some 6,000 buckboards were sold to Uncle Sam for the use of colonels! Not one of them was used. But the buckboard manufacturer got his war profit.
The shipbuilders felt they should come in on some of it, too. They built a lot of ships that made a lot of profit. More than $3,000,000,000 worth. Some of the ships were all right. But $635,000,000 worth of them were made of wood and wouldn't float! The seams opened up -- and they sank. We paid for them, though. And somebody pocketed the profits.
It has been estimated by statisticians and economists and researchers that the war cost your Uncle Sam $52,000,000,000. Of this sum, $39,000,000,000 was expended in the actual war itself. This expenditure yielded $16,000,000,000 in profits. That is how the 21,000 billionaires and millionaires got that way. This $16,000,000,000 profits is not to be sneezed at. It is quite a tidy sum. And it went to a very few.
The Senate (Nye) committee probe of the munitions industry and its wartime profits, despite its sensational disclosures, hardly has scratched the surface.
Even so, it has had some effect. The State Department has been studying "for some time" methods of keeping out of war. The War Department suddenly decides it has a wonderful plan to spring. The Administration names a committee -- with the War and Navy Departments ably represented under the chairmanship of a Wall Street speculator -- to limit profits in war time. To what extent isn't suggested. Hmmm. Possibly the profits of 300 and 600 and 1,600 per cent of those who turned blood into gold in the World War would be limited to some smaller figure.
Apparently, however, the plan does not call for any limitation of losses -- that is, the losses of those who fight the war. As far as I have been able to ascertain there is nothing in the scheme to limit a soldier to the loss of but one eye, or one arm, or to limit his wounds to one or two or three. Or to limit the loss of life.
There is nothing in this scheme, apparently, that says not more than 12 per cent of a regiment shall be wounded in battle, or that not more than 7 per cent in a division shall be killed.
Of course, the committee cannot be bothered with such trifling matters.

Who Pays The Bills?
Who provides the profits -- these nice little profits of 20, 100, 300, 1,500 and 1,800 per cent? We all pay them -- in taxation. We paid the bankers their profits when we bought Liberty Bonds at $100.00 and sold them back at $84 or $86 to the bankers. These bankers collected $100 plus. It was a simple manipulation. The bankers control the security marts. It was easy for them to depress the price of these bonds. Then all of us -- the people -- got frightened and sold the bonds at $84 or $86. The bankers bought them. Then these same bankers stimulated a boom and government bonds went to par -- and above. Then the bankers collected their profits.
But the soldier pays the biggest part of the bill.
If you don't believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran's hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of which I am at the time of this writing, I have visited eighteen government hospitals for veterans. In them are a total of about 50,000 destroyed men -- men who were the pick of the nation eighteen years ago. The very able chief surgeon at the government hospital; at Milwaukee, where there are 3,800 of the living dead, told me that mortality among veterans is three times as great as among those who stayed at home.
Boys with a normal viewpoint were taken out of the fields and offices and factories and classrooms and put into the ranks. There they were remolded; they were made over; they were made to "about face"; to regard murder as the order of the day. They were put shoulder to shoulder and, through mass psychology, they were entirely changed. We used them for a couple of years and trained them to think nothing at all of killing or of being killed.
Then, suddenly, we discharged them and told them to make another "about face" ! This time they had to do their own readjustment, sans [without] mass psychology, sans officers' aid and advice and sans nation-wide propaganda. We didn't need them any more. So we scattered them about without any "three-minute" or "Liberty Loan" speeches or parades. Many, too many, of these fine young boys are eventually destroyed, mentally, because they could not make that final "about face" alone.
In the government hospital in Marion, Indiana, 1,800 of these boys are in pens! Five hundred of them in a barracks with steel bars and wires all around outside the buildings and on the porches. These already have been mentally destroyed. These boys don't even look like human beings. Oh, the looks on their faces! Physically, they are in good shape; mentally, they are gone.
There are thousands and thousands of these cases, and more and more are coming in all the time. The tremendous excitement of the war, the sudden cutting off of that excitement -- the young boys couldn't stand it.
That's a part of the bill. So much for the dead -- they have paid their part of the war profits. So much for the mentally and physically wounded -- they are paying now their share of the war profits. But the others paid, too -- they paid with heartbreaks when they tore themselves away from their firesides and their families to don the uniform of Uncle Sam -- on which a profit had been made. They paid another part in the training camps where they were regimented and drilled while others took their jobs and their places in the lives of their communities. The paid for it in the trenches where they shot and were shot; where they were hungry for days at a time; where they slept in the mud and the cold and in the rain -- with the moans and shrieks of the dying for a horrible lullaby.
But don't forget -- the soldier paid part of the dollars and cents bill too.
Up to and including the Spanish-American War, we had a prize system, and soldiers and sailors fought for money. During the Civil War they were paid bonuses, in many instances, before they went into service. The government, or states, paid as high as $1,200 for an enlistment. In the Spanish-American War they gave prize money. When we captured any vessels, the soldiers all got their share -- at least, they were supposed to. Then it was found that we could reduce the cost of wars by taking all the prize money and keeping it, but conscripting [drafting] the soldier anyway. Then soldiers couldn't bargain for their labor, Everyone else could bargain, but the soldier couldn't.
Napoleon once said,
"All men are enamored of decorations . . . they positively hunger for them."
So by developing the Napoleonic system -- the medal business -- the government learned it could get soldiers for less money, because the boys liked to be decorated. Until the Civil War there were no medals. Then the Congressional Medal of Honor was handed out. It made enlistments easier. After the Civil War no new medals were issued until the Spanish-American War.
In the World War, we used propaganda to make the boys accept conscription. They were made to feel ashamed if they didn't join the army.
So vicious was this war propaganda that even God was brought into it. With few exceptions our clergymen joined in the clamor to kill, kill, kill. To kill the Germans. God is on our side . . . it is His will that the Germans be killed.
And in Germany, the good pastors called upon the Germans to kill the allies . . . to please the same God. That was a part of the general propaganda, built up to make people war conscious and murder conscious.
Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the "war to end all wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that 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 United States patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure."
Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month.
All they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill . . . and be killed.
But wait!
Half of that wage (just a little more than a riveter in a shipyard or a laborer in a munitions factory safe at home made in a day) was promptly taken from him to support his dependents, so that they would not become a charge upon his community. Then we made him pay what amounted to accident insurance -- something the employer pays for in an enlightened state -- and that cost him $6 a month. He had less than $9 a month left.
Then, the most crowning insolence of all -- he was virtually blackjacked into paying for his own ammunition, clothing, and food by being made to buy Liberty Bonds. Most soldiers got no money at all on pay days.
We made them buy Liberty Bonds at $100 and then we bought them back -- when they came back from the war and couldn't find work -- at $84 and $86. And the soldiers bought about $2,000,000,000 worth of these bonds!
Yes, the soldier pays the greater part of the bill. His family pays too. They pay it in the same heart-break that he does. As he suffers, they suffer. At nights, as he lay in the trenches and watched shrapnel burst about him, they lay home in their beds and tossed sleeplessly -- his father, his mother, his wife, his sisters, his brothers, his sons, and his daughters.
When he returned home minus an eye, or minus a leg or with his mind broken, they suffered too -- as much as and even sometimes more than he. Yes, and they, too, contributed their dollars to the profits of the munitions makers and bankers and shipbuilders and the manufacturers and the speculators made. They, too, bought Liberty Bonds and contributed to the profit of the bankers after the Armistice in the hocus-pocus of manipulated Liberty Bond prices.
And even now the families of the wounded men and of the mentally broken and those who never were able to readjust themselves are still suffering and still paying.

How To Smash This Racket!
WELL, it's a racket, all right.
A few profit -- and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.
The only way to smash this racket is to conscript capital and industry and labor before the nations manhood can be conscripted. One month before the Government can conscript the young men of the nation -- it must conscript capital and industry and labor. Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our munitions makers and our shipbuilders and our airplane builders and the manufacturers of all the other things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, be conscripted -- to get $30 a month, the same wage as the lads in the trenches get.
Let the workers in these plants get the same wages -- all the workers, all presidents, all executives, all directors, all managers, all bankers -- yes, and all generals and all admirals and all officers and all politicians and all government office holders -- everyone in the nation be restricted to a total monthly income not to exceed that paid to the soldier in the trenches!
Let all these kings and tycoons and masters of business and all those workers in industry and all our senators and governors and majors pay half of their monthly $30 wage to their families and pay war risk insurance and buy Liberty Bonds.
Why shouldn't they?
They aren't running any risk of being killed or of having their bodies mangled or their minds shattered. They aren't sleeping in muddy trenches. They aren't hungry. The soldiers are!
Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, by that time, there will be no war. That will smash the war racket -- that and nothing else.
Maybe I am a little too optimistic. Capital still has some say. So capital won't permit the taking of the profit out of war until the people -- those who do the suffering and still pay the price -- make up their minds that those they elect to office shall do their bidding, and not that of the profiteers.
Another step necessary in this fight to smash the war racket is the limited plebiscite to determine whether a war should be declared. A plebiscite not of all the voters but merely of those who would be called upon to do the fighting and dying. There wouldn't be very much sense in having a 76-year-old president of a munitions factory or the flat-footed head of an international banking firm or the cross-eyed manager of a uniform manufacturing plant -- all of whom see visions of tremendous profits in the event of war -- voting on whether the nation should go to war or not. They never would be called upon to shoulder arms -- to sleep in a trench and to be shot. 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.
There is ample precedent for restricting the voting to those affected. Many of our states have restrictions on those permitted to vote. In most, it is necessary to be able to read and write before you may vote. In some, you must own property. It would be a simple matter each year for the men coming of military age to register in their communities as they did in the draft during the World War and be examined physically. Those who could pass and who would therefore be called upon to bear arms in the event of war would be eligible to vote in a limited plebiscite. They should be the ones to have the power to decide -- and not a Congress few of whose members are within the age limit and fewer still of whom are in physical condition to bear arms. Only those who must suffer should have the right to vote.
A third step in this business of smashing the war racket is to make certain that our military forces are truly forces for defense only.
At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington (and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists. And they are smart. They don't shout that "We need a lot of battleships to war on this nation or that nation." Oh no. First of all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For defense purposes only.
Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For defense. Uh, huh.
The Pacific is a great big ocean. We have a tremendous coastline on the Pacific. Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three hundred miles? Oh, no. The maneuvers will be two thousand, yes, perhaps even thirty-five hundred miles, off the coast.
The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond expression to see the united States fleet so close to Nippon's shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles.
The ships of our navy, it can be seen, should be specifically limited, by law, to within 200 miles of our coastline. Had that been the law in 1898 the Maine would never have gone to Havana Harbor. She never would have been blown up. There would have been no war with Spain with its attendant loss of life. Two hundred miles is ample, in the opinion of experts, for defense purposes. Our nation cannot start an offensive war if its ships can't go further than 200 miles from the coastline. Planes might be permitted to go as far as 500 miles from the coast for purposes of reconnaissance. And the army should never leave the territorial limits of our nation.
To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket.

  1. We must take the profit out of war.
  2. We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.
  3. We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.

To Hell With War!
I am not a fool as to believe that war is a thing of the past. I know the people do not want war, but there is no use in saying we cannot be pushed into another war.
Looking back, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected president in 1916 on a platform that he had "kept us out of war" and on the implied promise that he would "keep us out of war." Yet, five months later he asked Congress to declare war on Germany.
In that five-month interval the people had not been asked whether they had changed their minds. The 4,000,000 young men who put on uniforms and marched or sailed away were not asked whether they wanted to go forth to suffer and die.
Then what caused our government to change its mind so suddenly?
An allied commission, it may be recalled, came over shortly before the war declaration and called on the President. The President summoned a group of advisers. The head of the commission spoke. Stripped of its diplomatic language, this is what he told the President and his group:
"There is no use kidding ourselves any longer. The cause of the allies is lost. We now owe you (American bankers, American munitions makers, American manufacturers, American speculators, American exporters) five or six billion dollars.
If we lose (and without the help of the United States we must lose) we, England, France and Italy, cannot pay back this money . . . and Germany won't.
So . . . "
Had secrecy been outlawed as far as war negotiations were concerned, and had the press been invited to be present at that conference, or had radio been available to broadcast the proceedings, America never would have entered the World War. But this conference, like all war discussions, was shrouded in utmost secrecy. When our boys were sent off to war they were told it was a "war to make the world safe for democracy" and a "war to end all wars."
Well, eighteen years after, the world has less of democracy than it had then. Besides, what business is it of ours whether Russia or Germany or England or France or Italy or Austria live under democracies or monarchies? Whether they are Fascists or Communists? Our problem is to preserve our own democracy.
And very little, if anything, has been accomplished to assure us that the World War was really the war to end all wars.
Yes, we have had disarmament conferences and limitations of arms conferences. They don't mean a thing. One has just failed; the results of another have been nullified. We send our professional soldiers and our sailors and our politicians and our diplomats to these conferences. And what happens?
The professional soldiers and sailors don't want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. Both mean men without jobs. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit armaments.
The chief aim of any power at any of these conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more armament for itself and less for any potential foe.
There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. Even this, if it were possible, would not be enough.
The next war, according to experts, will be fought not with battleships, not by artillery, not with rifles and not with machine guns. It will be fought with deadly chemicals and gases.
Secretly each nation is studying and perfecting newer and ghastlier means of annihilating its foes wholesale. Yes, ships will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.
But victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists.
If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war -- even the munitions makers.
So...I say,
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.

Thanks for locating this nice essay. Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler had been the star of various "Banana Wars Campaigns" resulting in regime changes in Latin America mostly for United Fruit, then he finally saw the light. Later the Draper and J. P. Morgan clans tapped him to run the country after they deposed FDR in a bloodless coup d'etat. He turned the louts in but no one wanted to prosecute these ruthless psychos. Read The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer available at
Vonsiatsky was also involved in this plot plus most of Draper's and GLK Smith's minions, too. The next time they got SERIOUS and tried a very bloody coup d'etat against JFK.
Thanks John. Smedley Butler's writing is well worth publicising and I've been meaning to do it for some time. I never did really understand why FDR didn't prosecute the coup plotters and financiers. I expect there were some common class interests involved. Which just got more entrenched as time went by.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
Magda Hassan Wrote:Thanks John. Smedley Butler's writing is well worth publicising and I've been meaning to do it for some time. I never did really understand why FDR didn't prosecute the coup plotters and financiers. I expect there were some common class interests involved. Which just got more entrenched as time went by.

He might have just chosen to let sleeping dogs lie. Why did Clinton and Gore choose not to have the Justice Dept go after Senator Jesse Helms after my comments about him before the ARRB caused him to issue all sorts of threats to both Gore and Clinton? Check out the dates yourself. My testimony to the ARRB was on a Friday or a Saturday, I think and his threats to Clinton went out the following Sunday and were reported on the following Monday. By the way, the comments I made were exorcised from my testimony. Joe Knapp remembers these comments however about both Helms and Thurmond, too, which were obviously considered too hot to handle for the ARRB.

Magda, include the term "Banana Wars" with Smedley Butler and here is what you will get from Google...

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One Minute to Midnight; When We Compromise No More

Posted on June 9, 2010 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
“Lift me up…”
In 1940 an honored U.S. citizen checked himself into a Naval hospital. He was 58 at the time. A few weeks later, one of the most decorated U.S. Marines in history, Smedley Butler, was gone.
By his own accounting Smedley Butler loved the men who served under him, he loved the Corp, and he loved his country. He was a brave man who possessed a rare combination of physical and moral courage and he was probably killed by cowards. He had taken a course of action in direct opposition to the real power of this country. He had been offered the keys to the kingdom in exchange for doing to this country what he had done to so many others during the span of his illustrious career, yet he refused.
Like Andrew Jackson before him, Smedley Butler chose to expose to his fellow countrymen something that few have ever known; war is a racket and the criminals who run it are the greatest threat to humanity we have ever known.
After a lifetime of service to the corporations and the banks, Smedley Butler refused the last tour of duty they offered him; the violent overthrow of the United States of America and the installation of a fascist state in its place. He had sworn an oath to the constitution and the people of the United States and he took that oath to heart for in 1934 he exposed to America what he called “The Business Plot”… a planned military coup, designed by the business and banking elites of America as a response to Roosevelt’s and John Maynard Keynes’ New Deal policies.
Six years later the two-time Medal of Honor recipient, Smedley Butler, paid for his heroism with his life. But he bought us nearly 70 years with his sacrifice.

Though the Business Plot took on a different tactic (they utilized the works of Edward Bernays with regard to propaganda; Lewis Powell’s memo to set the agenda to demonize the “liberal left”; the hijacking of political parties ie. The Neocons and the “New Dems” and the creation of the “Libertarian” Party; Reganomics, Clintonomics, the Bilderberg Group, American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, false-flag attacks, unilateral pre-emptive wars, the repeal of Glass -Steagall, derivatives, the Global War on Terror, the deliberate collapse of the global economy, Milton Friedman, Alan Greenspan, the IMF, the World Bank, Glenn Beck, the New York Times, Rachel Maddow, the austerity commission, Diebold, G.H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, G. W. Bush, and Barack Obama.. just to name a few) its end result, it’s desired outcome is exactly the same as it was in 1933 when the treasonous elites of America came to Smedley Butler and offered him 500,000 soldiers and others to take over America and turn it into one of the third world fascist dictatorships he had helped on behalf of business elites all over the world.
Smedley Butler bought us 70 years that he paid for with his life and today the neoliberalization of America, the “Miracle of America”, is right around the corner.
The two political families most responsible for this treason, the Bushs and the Clintons, are still calling the shots today; one from behind the scenes and one from her perch behind the seat of power poisoning the ear of a hollow man.
Congress has accepted this Washington Consensus as a given; that America will fall to her own politically entrenched business and banking elites who have formed alliances with foreign powers and families in order to subvert Abraham Lincoln’s “great experiment” into Pinochet’s Chile or Suharto’s Indonesia or the Shah’s Iran.
A generation of Americans owe more than they will ever know to the sacrifice of Smedley Butler.
They sit back in their fine homes next to the golf course in comfort and security, bought with years of hard work at a time in this country when collective bargaining wasn’t a dirty word, but instead, a matter of pride. They sit back in a level of comfort their own children will never know and they foolishly listen to the likes of Glenn Beck as he demonized Roosevelt and the New Deal and falsely blames the greatest generation for the sins of the rich.
They will never understand how they will be the last Middle Class America ever produces. They applaud the same treasonous policies that were so close to becoming the way of American life back in 1934, policies that will condemn their children and their grandchildren to a life of 3rd world economic desperation, bitterness, and ruin.
Smedley Butler bought them a lifetime of the American dream, where work and fair compensation could produce security and prosperity for all. But no more. While the journalists dance and play with the political elites of our own Vichy Regime in their palatial estates, the carnivorous central bankers and economic hitmen are free to roam the world preying on any and every public institution they can suck a nickel of profit from.
The gates are thrown open and the feeding frenzy has begun and when it is all over, when this nation that so many have fought and bled and died for is picked clean, there will be nothing left of the America that Maj. Gen. Butler saved. In its place will be vast stretch of barren wastes and free-trade industrial parks surrounded by overcrowded shantee-towns and the occasional walled off Green Zones for upper level management, lawyers, doctors and such.. which are inaccessible to the vast majority of the population.
It took them only 30 years to bring us to the brink of all out fascism in this country once they took control of political establishment. Some 60 days after Ronald Reagan won his election because the people of the Republican Party rejected George H. W. Bush in the primary, the son of a family friend of the Bushs shot Reagan on the street. Every day after that assassination attempt, George H. W. Bush took the Presidential Daily Briefing in Reagan’s stead. He became the default president during Reagan reign and then the real one under his own. Later his son would be handed two rigged election victories. The Clinton’s were the Bush’s “go to” political family in Arkansaw. They were already neck-deep in political corporate corruption with the Walton family and Wal-Mart. So when it was time to bring a “democrat” to power after 12 years of Bush rule, Bill was just the ticket. And he never let them down. These two families have passed the Oval office back and forth for 30 years now, completely remaking both the republican and the democratic parties in the process. They have used every bit of their power to ensure that this nation stayed on a tight path to neoliberalization. And here we are.
So while the corporate media extolls the horrors of Social Security and Medicare by virtue of those all important “deficits” and they keep telling America she is a “centrist” nation, more and more disenfranchised people flood to the Tea Parties and the Progressive Caucuses looking for anything that slightly resembles an answer. But they will never look in the right direction because there are people out there on all sides of the phony debates who get paid a lot of money to make sure we never do.
The Business Plot was simple really; leaders of major industry at the time would finance a new organization, the American Liberty League, which would serve as the epicenter for the coup. They would select a military leader who already proved his courage and conviction on the battlefield as well as in the political realm afterward to run the coup part of the plan. Smedley Butler had just appeared with thousands of soldiers who had gathered in DC determined to get what the government had promised them when they went to war. Hoover had them forcibly removed days after Butler left but the soldiers respected him and the planners of the Business Plot treason decided to take advantage of that.
The planners knew that there were hundreds of thousands of unemployed ex-soldiers who were angry and disaffected and just looking for something to believe in. They promised 500,000 of these men to Butler, nearly three times the number of the standing army at the time. They said they would put this army together and then approach Roosevelt with an offer of a kind of “co-presidency” of sorts and if he didn’t go for it, they could remove him or kill him as need be. The man who approached Butler had claimed that they controlled the media and they could make the “stupid’ American public believe anything they wanted them to believe so in the end they could smooth it all out.
What they wanted was a fascist government to replace the elected administration of Roosevelt which they felt was going in the wrong direction. They wanted a more “business friendly” environment and just like the many small Latin American countries that Butler had overthrown in the past for corporate interests, the United States would be run by dictatorship. Al Smith was chosen to be the probable dictator. Smith was a “conservative” democrat who despised Roosevelt and the New Deal. Smith was one of the first “centrist” democrats and nearly became America’s first dictator.
But Smedley Butler had different plans. A committee was forming to investigate the rumors of a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Butler was called before them.
In the last few weeks of the committee’s official life it received evidence showing that certain persons had made an attempt to establish a fascist organization in this country. No evidence was presented and this committee had none to show a connection between this effort and any fascist activity of any European country. There is no question that these attempts were discussed, were planned, and might have been placed in execution when and if the financial backers deemed it expedient. This committee received evidence from Maj. Gen Smedley D. Butler (retired), twice decorated by the Congress of the United States. He testified before the committee as to conversations with one Gerald C. MacGuire in which the latter is alleged to have suggested the formation of a fascist army under the leadership of General Butler. McCormack-Dickstein Committee
You could have had a handful of the wealthiest people in the United States convicted of treason and sentenced to death
The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans“… “The investigations mysteriously turned to vapor when it comes time to call them to testify. FDR’s main interest was getting the New Deal passed, and so he struck a deal in which it was agreed that the plotters would walk free if Wall Street would back off of their opposition to the New Deal and let FDR do what he wanted“. BBC “The Whitehouse Coup”
Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler:
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” from ”War is a Racket”
A clip from the film The Corporation which deals with Smedley Butler and the Business Plot:!
Once the news of the Business Plot came to light, it was over just as quickly as it had begun. The organization they had formed in 1934 to run the operation, the American Liberty League, quietly faded into the background and disbanded eventually in 1940. But the real death of the coup was brought on by Smedley Butler because once he stood opposed to it, they knew they could never get the starving and angry ex-soldiers to sign up; they had to have a leader like Smedley Butler to give them the necessary “patriotism” stamp of approval to get soldiers to unwittingly fight in their fascist army.
In short, the business elites underestimated Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler; they figured anyone could be bought and they were apparently wrong.
Roosevelt is thought to have cut a deal with the business and Wall Street elites to keep them from prosecution; they wouldn’t oppose his New Deal measures and he wouldn’t hang them for treason. With Butler now clearly on the other side and their hopes of a half million man army all but washed away, the businessmen had no other choice but agree to the deal, lick their wounds, and wait.
And wait they did. For 46 years.
“One Minute to Midnight…”
In 1971 the Lewis Powell memo was sent to the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Powell’s memo would become the blueprint, the “game plan” if you will, used to transform America from the “unions” and “civili rights” nation it was becoming into a fascist “unregulated free market” based system otherwise known as “business friendly”. The memo carefully lays out strategies of political and media campaigns, but it also describes the creation of what would later be called “Think Tanks” and an overall assault on the education system in America. The think-tanks and the education system reforms were key. The Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, American Enterprise Institute, The Center for American Progress… these are but a few of the NGOs that were eventually created to serve the neoliberal needs called for by the 1971 Lewis Powell memo. They are funded by businesses and they all strive to put the needs of the corporations ahead of those of the people of this nation.
In 1971 Richard Nixon ended the gold standard for U.S. dollars, effectively creating what we now have, a completely fiat currency, based entirely on nothing. This was called “The Nixon Shock” and it empowered the privately owned banks that made up the Federal Reserve Bank to arbitrarily create money out of thin air.
In 1972 the Business Roundtable was formed. When you talk about the “shadow banking system” and the corporate elites who pull our politicians strings, this is what you are talking about. The Business Roundtable was created to consolidate corporate power in America and to focus it to their desired end result; turning America away from the unions and the New Deal policies that had empowered a generation of American Blue Collar workers in order to create a 3rd World “Business Friendly” Economic model of unregulated free market ideology (neoliberalism).
In 1973 Richard Nixon had already rejected the suggestion of his advisors to enact a new Milton Friedman neoliberal “economic structural adjustments” program on the people of America. Instead, Nixon allowed Friedman to take his University of Chicago School of Economics theories down to Chile and see if how they worked out down there. We overthrew and killed the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende on Sept. 11th 1973 because he stood in the way of several U.S. corporations down there. Latin America became a laboratory of sorts where these neoliberal economists could try out their “shock therapy” economic theories on entire nations in order to work out the kinks. The “Shock Doctrine” was created and it would be used time and again in nations all over the world to force them to enact cruel economic policies that harmed the vast majority of people while enriching a few businessmen and the dictators who would oversee their implementation.
It took only a decade to put their plan in motion on the presidential level.
George H. W. Bush had been a CIA spook and a long-time friend to the business community. He lost the republican primary to a well-known actor turned governor, Ronald Reagan. The people didn’t trust Bush; he was the som of privilege born to a man, Prescott Bush, who not only had ties to the “Business Plot” treason of 1933, but he also would be later implicated and charged with the “trading with the enemy act” for doing business with Nazi Germany long after the war began.
Though the son of a traitor lost in the primary, the business elites in America still had their plan and were determined to see it through so Rockefeller himself approached Reagan and forced him to make George H. W. Bush his vice president. Reagan reportedly didn’t like him, but he had no choice. 60 days after his inauguration, a family friend of the Bushs tried to assassinate Reagan and the rest is history. The Bush family has been in charge of the republican party ever since.
From that election in 1980, it took them only 3 decades to get us to where we are right now. What they could not do by force in 1933, they have almost accomplished by stealth.
Three decades of incremental changes to our laws, our regulations, our educations system, and our media has resulted in pushing the American working class to the very brink of destitution. There is already talk of repealing the minimum wage laws in America, they flooded our neighbor Mexico with starvation wage employment while destroying their indigenous economy through the implementation of NAFTA and the backing of dictator presidents, one after the other. The open border policies of the neoliberal parties on all sides has resulted in the marked devaluation of skilled labor positions. For this reason and many others, the living wages of the working man have been stagnant or in decline since 1980 while the prison population has seen a vast increase.
They have taught the American population to despise the notions of the social safety net and regulation by blaming them for all our economic ills. They have taught the American people that democracy is only possible in an environment of ”savage capitalism” and that globalization is inevitable. They have taught our nation that “American Exceptionalism” gives us the right and the duty to interfere with any nation, in any way we see fit, in order to spread “freedom” and “democracy” to the rest of the world and that we are locked in “the long war” against those who would possibly do us harm sometime in the future. They have taught the American people that we must abandon certain notions of civil liberties in order to preserve our security and our “way of life”.
Our way of life, the way of life that made this nation great, that bought our workers a decent wage which they could buy a home with and raise their children with, is gone. Our way of life that eventually freed the slaves and our nation’s collective soul at the same time, is gone. Our way of life that promised that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights of man, is gone.
And in their place rises the bloodless ideology of neoliberalism.
We see pundits and politicians all across the country demanding the government take control of the deficit problem. The deficit problem was created by the Wall Street bankers who deliberately crashed our economy and the endless trillion-dollar “Global Free Market Wars” which were created based on lies. The deficit problem was created by a for-profit central banking system that handed over untold trillions to the banking elites in this country and in others.
Yet the talking heads all do their part for the Washington Consensus and they blame the poor, the unemployed, the elderly, the sick, and the defenseless. They blame the workers and the unions for “wanting to much” money, a living wage. They blame the “socialists” as if they have ever held power in America. They blame the “far left extremists” and the “right-wing nut-jobs” for holding any opinion other than the “business friendly centrist” view that the free markets will determine the best course for America. And they are now getting you to do the same.
We stand divided, one minute to midnight, as the elites and their ideological servants are about to slam the “Miracle of Chile” down upon the vast majority of the American people the ramifications of which will be of biblical proportions.
“The Infection is Spreading…”
Thanks to the work of the neoliberals and the “centrists” who have been in charge for the past 30 years or so, America already has the lowest standard of living of any Westernised democracy on the planet. If you don’t believe me, look it up.
We work like dogs and live like slaves as the wealthy just keep getting richer and both main parties keep handing them more and more and more of what is rightfully ours. While once we were the beacon to the rest of the world as they struggled for their independence, we are now the laughing-stock of every true revolutionary thinker on the planet because we are a nation of beggars to our own demise.
But that will change.
All across the globe, not just in Greece and Portugal, Ireland and Spain, but all across the globe our anti-democratic infection is spreading. The Global Free Market Wars promise to convert by the sword any nation which stands opposed to our corrupting influence of IMF and World Bank domination, and the global derivatives scam promises to undermine the rest.
In Germany, in Great Britain, all across the European Union, the war against the working class is underway and ramping up. People will be made to pay for the excesses of the wealthy and the political nobility who serve them.
Forget about a smooth recovery. Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-20, met this weekend in Busan, South Korea and decided to abandon “tried and true” expansionary fiscal policies for their own strange brew of belt-tightening policies and austerity measures. The EU members are eager to restore the illusory “confidence of the markets”, something that will surely be lost when the eurozone slides back into recession and the hobbled banking sector begins hemorrhaging red ink. Trimming deficits while the economy is still on the mend will weaken demand and force businesses to lay off more workers. That will decrease economic activity and slow growth. It’s a prescription for disaster.

Here’s an excerpt from Paul Krugman’s blog: “Slashing spending while the economy is still deeply depressed is both an extremely costly and quite ineffective way to reduce future debt. Costly, because it depresses the economy further; ineffective, because by depressing the economy, fiscal contraction now reduces tax receipts….

The right thing, overwhelmingly, is to do things that will reduce spending and/or raise revenue after the economy has recovered — specifically, wait until after the economy is strong enough that monetary policy can offset the contractionary effects of fiscal austerity. But no: the deficit hawks want their cuts while unemployment rates are still at near-record highs and monetary policy is still hard up against the zero bound.” Information Clearinghouse
What we have allowed to take hold in the States will soon be spreading throughout the democratic world as it is already the standard measure in many of the dictatorships, puppet regimes, and tyrannies that we ourselves have promoted for decades.
“Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this”…
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Our history if full of those who would not compromise our freedoms for the favors of the wealthy. Our present is quite different.
Franklin, Lincoln, Jackson, Jefferson, King, Butler, Roosevelt… some the greatest names of our shared history may one day be purged from our children’s history books in service to the business elites and their neoliberal restructuring of America. It is already happening in Texas and it will happen in the rest of the country.
There was once an idea that was America. It stood up to the fascist rule of its occupying nation and it cast off the shackles of an oppressive monarchy. The idea of America was neither perfect nor stagnant as it was formed through the blood and sacrifice of tens of thousands of activists and resistors who helped form our more perfect union over the course of time and pain. But a more perfect union was formed and left to us as both our legacy and our charge to defend it.
There are those who would say we are too far gone and the neoliberal forces mounted against us are too entrenched in the halls of power. But voices like those have been with us since before the time of our declaration of independence and history does not favor the meek.
In India, Ghandi stood with nothing more than an ideal… in South Africa Nelson Mandela endured prison for 27 years with little more than a dream.
In Bolivia, the people gathered to oppose U.S. giant Bechtel’s water privatization scheme which promised the conglomerate ownership of all the water of their nation even to the point of it falling from the sky in the form of rain. The people had enough and they gathered by the tens of thousands to march on their capital to demand the rights of the people over the neoliberalization of their country.
What stood in their way was a corrupt crony political system, military style police force, and the power of the Bolivian army backed by U.S. interests.
But the people had determined there was something bigger at stake and they had drawn the line in the sand. They had decided as a people that “Even in the face of Armageddon (we) shall not compromise in this” and they marched to take back what was theirs by right.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the slaughter…
It is said that an illegal occupation will rarely work because the occupiers will eventually grow weary of the propaganda of their leaders and begin to see through the lies which motivated them in the first place. “Right” has a way of winning out if the spirit is willing to endure long enough.
This was the miscalculation of the Business Plot traitors… this is the miscalculation of the Global War on Terror planners… and this was the flaw in the neoliberal plan for Bolivia.
As the thousands marched to their capital to demand they repeal the Bechtel water privatization, no one showed up to oppose them.
The army, the police, even the crony government representatives failed to materialize to present any opposition to the determined Bolivian people. They didn’t have the stomach to fight their own citizens on behalf of wealthy capitalists half a world away and the people of Bolivia took back their nation by the power of their convictions. But only when they were willing to pull it all down upon their own heads in the process.
Smedley Butler gave us the most prosperous Middle Class generation this nation has ever seen by refusing and exposing the fascist Business Plot treason of 1933. Regulated capitalism combined with a Keynesian economic model helped bring us out of the depression and hold the corporate greed at bay so our citizens could also thrive as America built her future.
We can have it again. We can take control of our future and the futures of our children but there are no more Smedley Butlers left to rely on. Instead, we must look to the examples from our south and we must look to the conviction within our own hearts. We will either live up to the charge left to us by our forefathers or we will become known as the generation of Americans who finally allowed democracy to fall. There is no safe way to end this there is no easy path. You cannot vote your way to freedom nor can you count on a candidate of “CHANGE”.
Freedom is ours if we take it so to is the eternal shame if we don’t.

Filed under: Neocons = Neolibs, Scott Creighton
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"Where is the intersection between the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness?"
Thanks Ed,that was a really great article.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller

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