War Is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier
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Jesse Ventura reviews Major General Butler’s original writings and brings them up to date, relating them to our current political climate. Butler was a visionary in his day, and Ventura works to show how right he was and how wrong our current democracy is. Read for the first time Butler’s words with Ventura’s witty, yet insightful spin on this relevant work that will appeal not only to military historians, but also to those interested in the state of our country and the entire world.
and get himself killed or crippled in a foreign land? Thank God, this is a democracy, and by your voice and by your vote you can save your boy. YOU are the bosses of this country—you mothers, you fathers. And that brings up another point: If you let this country go into a European war you will lose this democracy, don’t forget that. And now for that other picture I said I’d give you, that other picture that could be the picture of your boy, if you let him go abroad to fight. It may help you to
well as those who might be classed as charter members of the so-called masses. The majority of my audiences have been composed of former sliders. This means I have been speaking to a cross-section of America’s citizenship, because when Uncle Sam decided to equip his male population with uniforms and markets, back in 1917, he took his recruits from the counting houses, as well as the factories. In keeping with an insatiable desire to know what the average man’s thought are on the popular questions
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 $15,500,000, 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. Then 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 $73,500,000 yearly. Not bad? An increase of more than 1,700 per cent. 32 American Sugar Refining Company averaged $200,000 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
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. 43 CHAPTER FOUR 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.