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War is a Racket by Smedley D. Butler
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Dec 13, 08

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Written in the 1930's by a highly decorated Marine Corps General this short book is an essay exposing the utter scam that every war that America has been involved in for at least the past 100 years has been. Although it exposes the horrors and damage that war causes both in Butlers essay and with the inclusion of some gruesome photos War is a Racket is not some limp wristed pacifist liberal tripe. What it is is an essay by a man who connected the dots and realized after many years that he in his military sevice was nothing but "a high class muscle man for big business, for wall street and the bankers". He exposes how these wars are ferminted, who is behind them and who profits from them. He also talks about his own isolationalist political ideas that I can agree with most of his points on. There is also a introduction written by Adam Parfrey that gives a good basic history of Butler and his life. Butler was a great American that should be admired and honored but sadly few people have a clue as to who he is and what he did.
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