Smedley Butler: I Was A Racketeer, A Gangster For Capitalism

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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“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.” — Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket, Round Table Press (1935)

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A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 10, 2017

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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Resistance Against Military Recruiters at Schools by Pat Elder

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War, Oct. 28, 2017
November 1, 2017

More than a hundred mothers have contacted me over the years, alarmed at the relationships their teenaged children were developing with military recruiters at school. They wanted to know what they could do about it. They were angry, and they were worried.

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Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed, by Pat Elder

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War, July 16, 2017
July 18, 2017

Ominous developments in three states this summer – Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city – Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to lower academic standards to make it easier to recruit youth.

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Military Recruiting and How To Confront It by Pat Elder

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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Dandelion Salad

Republished with permission from David Swanson at World Beyond War

by Pat Elder
World Beyond War
June 30, 2017

This year the Army’s goal is to recruit 80,000 active duty and reserve soldiers. The Navy is trying to sign up 42,000; the Air Force is looking for 27,000, and the Marines hope to bring on 38,000. That comes to 187,000. The Army National Guard will also attempt to lure 40,000.

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War Is A Racket By Major General Smedley Butler

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Originally published January 16, 2011

numoleen on March 11, 2009

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler is a famous speech denouncing the military industrial complex. This anti-war speech by two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient exposes war profits that benefit few at the expense of many. Throughout his distinguished career in the Marines, Smedley Darlington Butler demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree. To Hell with war.

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SPIN: The Art of Selling War (2004)

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Originally posted June 15, 2011

on Jan 29, 2007

Directed by Josh Rushing, a veteran Marine Corps media spokesman, “SPIN: The Art of Selling War” is an investigative documentary that looks at the standard justification for going to war by the American administrations of past and present.

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The U.S. National Bird Is Now a Killer Drone by David Swanson

Death from Above / Drones

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
October 27, 2016

Officially, of course, the national bird of the United States is that half-a-peace-sign that Philadelphia sports fans like to hold up at opposing teams. But unofficially, the film National Bird has it right: the national bird is a killer drone.

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How to Counter Military Recruitment by Pat Elder (#NoWar2016)

Occupy Military Recruiters!

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by Pat Elder
worldbeyondwar.org
September 26, 2016

Remarks at #NoWar2016

Countering military recruitment in the nation’s high schools confronts an ugly mix of a distinctively American brand of institutionalized violence, racism, militarism, nationalism, classism, and sexism. It confronts the greatest problems in American society.

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Women’s Draft? Sign Me Up To Abolish War by Rivera Sun

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by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Republished with permission from Peace Voice
June 21, 2016

For too long, the women of this nation have been complacent while our brothers, sons, husbands, and fathers are sent to kill, maim, brutalize, destroy and even die in defense of our alleged liberty.

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Abby Martin: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.

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Chris Hedges: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Apr 4, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews two veterans of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael Hanes and Rory Fanning. They lament the brutality of the American military presence, which they say creates the conditions for terrorism and fuels attacks in places like Brussels. They also speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD, and the alienation faced by many soldiers when they come home.

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War – Parts 5-7: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War + Notes on Nuclear War + Goodbye War (1983)

Nuclear Extinction

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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War – Part 5: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War

RonRbc on Jun 25, 2013

Part 5 of the award-winning 1983 series, written, produced, and presented by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode concerns the interaction of conventional and nuclear war, and how one becomes another.

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War – Part 4: The Deadly Game of Nations (1983)

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 4 of the brilliant seven-part miniseries on war by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. Originally broadcast in 1983. This episode investigates how the structure and operation of the international system interacts with war.

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War – Part 3: The Profession of Arms (1983)

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 3 of the award winning series on the relationship of war, culture, and society, written and hosted by Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode focuses on the role of officers in the military, and the relationships between soldiers, officers, and society.

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