Ep. 791 War Is a Racket: The Life and Thought of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
25th November 2016 Tom Woods
CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.
War Is a Racket, by Major General Smedley Butler
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Can’t we look under the covers and see that the USA’s “defense” is not the problem. It’s the “offense”.
“Department of Defense” is definitely a deliberately mislabeling of an identity.
I read this back in the mid 70’s after 4 years in the USAF. It completed my change into a little L libertarian as well as a real anti-war zealot. (Not the psuedo ersatz anti-war movement that comes out whenever there is an R in the White House and disappears when it’s occupant is a D!) It’s short and sarcastic so I really liked it. It’s a quick read and if it doesn’t influence your thinking, please let me know.
I especially like his idea that the military vote on “going to war” decisions. There’s a reason that few of the politicians and bureaucrats have their children in the military. Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for any, if not all, the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?
It should be required reading for the USA citizenship exam and I be you’ll never see it in the Gooferment Skrules.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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