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War Is A Racket Introduction

January 24, 2020


hello everybody thanks for joining me
welcome back to a people’s historian my name is Jason Kishineff and I’ve
been trying to get a hold of this book for a couple of months actually it’s
been hard to find a copy it’s called war as a bracket my Brigadier General
Smedley Butler who was well obviously general and I believe they considered
him a war hero but when he retired he kind of exposed
how war is just all about corporate profits and just the super ugliness of
profiting from killing people in other countries and so I think that this is a
really super important story to share with you this is the kind of thing that
has me doing these this channel you know we have to keep each other informed of
the truth and of the history so that people understand when we talk about
well like Venezuela for instance when we talk about how it’s all about profits
there is precedent there is history to back up what we’re saying there was a
lot of it and so we begin with the quotation by Brigadier General Smedley D
Butler 1937 said why don’t those Dan Doyle companies fly their own flags on
their personal property maybe a flag with a gas pump on 19:37 see the same shit still going on
war is a bracket introduction by Adam par free par fray or free sorry if i
mispronounce the name introduction how a military hero blew the whistle on
corporate malfeasance there’s a blurb at the beginning in
early to mid 20th century latin america the citizens of country after country
heard the rhetoric of President Woodrow Wilson but came up hard against the
practices of American mining agricultural and construction games and
children excuse me construction Giants and
children though they may have been in the eyes of both the paternalistic
Wilson and the far more sinister corporate magnates those people
understood the game that was being played out within their borders that’s a
quotation from Caleb Carr the New York Observer in April 14th oh three article
spanking the intervention is Impreza dent Bush’s neoconservative cabinet but
for a second I wasn’t sure if it was 1903 or 2003 but it was 2003 okay so
that’s the introduction begins the US government thanks the efforts of World
War one soldiers with a war bonus of approximately $1,000 to be paid latest
1945 from World War one but as great depression in the Dust Bowl misery
touched to the continental States unemployed veterans desired to have
their bonus paid sooner in May 1932 out-of-work vets
arrived in Washington DC to impress their bonus pleas to Congress a probe
bonus bill sponsored by Wright Patman was threatened veto by President Hoover
and overturned House passage by a Republican Senate
as tens of thousands of Hooverville occupying vets demonstrated their
discontent in a death march General George Patton and Douglas MacArthur
moved in on the veterans with the fresher contingent of the US Army two
died including an infant and hundreds of veterans were injured in MacArthur’s
successful attempt to gain control of DC the bonus marchers primary upper race
supporter Smedley D Butler the Brigadier General who was twice awarded the Medal
Medal of Honor and once the so called brave a medal
when the Medal of Honor was not given officers known for his fair play the
soldiers regardless of rank Butler’s support of the bonus marchers helped
boost a desperate foot soldiers movement the brigadier General’s disparaging of
the mass media and the big business was particularly popular in the depression
but those same big business interests buoyed by the ability of Italian fascist
corporatism to turn back labor demands and the restructuring of its economy
took special note of Butler’s support from a half million veterans which would
have made an intimidating force against FDR and his hated New Deal and his
elimination of the gold standard but as far as Smedley Butler was concerned I
believe in making Wall Street pay for it the bonuses taking Wall Street by the
throat and shaking it up funny has she just kind of move scene
and leaves against the book isn’t it this is Hermione by the way as you may
know she’s been in a few videos as a Marine officer Butler oversaw American
forays into China Nicaragua Cuba and Haiti and this is where he picked up his
frequently expressed opinion he was no more than a bully boy for American
corporations Butler’s skepticism about the US government may have been partly
the result of his Quaker background during the Prohibition Butler was made
police chief of the mob played city of Philadelphia in 1924 1925 we’re in a non
war interlude he effectively moved against open saloons bars and
speakeasies mass magazines like the early diet and fitness periodical
strength march 1924 issue featured Butler’s military type run against the
Philly gangsters general Butler’s iron grip courage is
strength kiddo unswerving purpose that is why Philadelphia’s crooks and
bootleggers flee from the mailed fist of old hell’s devil Butler you’ve read much
perhaps of the great heroes of fiction perhaps they were not all great heroes
some of them may have been just ordinary leading characters Knights errant
adventurers soldiers of fortune probably you’ve admired them thrilled to their
deeds longed to emulate them and possibly got just a wee bit tired of
them all with their calm piercing and various other kinds of eyes their
tremendous energy and all that sort of thing how would you like to meet one of
them a lot of philadelphians have just had that opportunity and a great many of
them didn’t care for it one bit of course you know we are referring to
Brigadier General Smedley D Butler of the United States Marine Corps who has
just recently been appointed director of the department of public safety in the
Quaker City written by T von Z curse strength magazine March 1924 acute
yay cute B Taney she’s tiny in a 1931 speech Butler recounted a story about
Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini how he had run over a child with his car
and said as he moved on it was only one life what is one life in the affairs of
the state this remark caused the great commotion among US authorities after
Mussolini strongly denied the episode and Butler was quickly placed under
arrest and ordered court-martialed by President Hoover for that pre-world War
two worship of Italian fascism in America can be seen in the July 1934
issue of Fortune magazine which celebrated the Italian corporatist State
due to hostile public reaction the general court-martial against Butler was
dropped entirely to Brigadier General soon after and announced his retirement
into Liberty magazine article to help with the Admirals why I retired at 50 that’s interesting that in the 30s there
was American fascination with Italian fascism that’s not really something that
I’ve given a whole lot of thought to I know that some people didn’t think
Hitler was so bad but as far as actually admiring fascism when we know long when he no longer
wished to be known as a racketeer for capitalism Butler became a widely quoted
spokesman for constitutional American principles over imperialist American
practice Lowell Thomas the famous journalist widely known for making a
British liaison to the Arab revolt of World War one Lawrence of Arabia took on
The Adventures of smelly D Butler in the 1933 book Oh giblet I complete with n
paper illustrations of Smedley putting down revolting barefoot sword-wielding
haitians with pistol and rifle the subtitle of this edition is not
entirely accurate as Smedley Butler was not an anti-war activist so much as an
isolationist and he died on June 21st 1940 months prior to the attack on Pearl
Harbor within the pages of war is a racket Butler said that the u.s. should
build an ironclad defense a rat couldn’t crawl through on the other hand Butler
also invoked against capitalist greed I helped make Mexico 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 Republic’s for the benefits of wall
street the record of racketeering is long I helped purify Nicaragua for the
international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909 to 1912
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in
1916 in China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested strangely enough Reader’s Digest saw fit
to condense war as a bracket as a book supplement as you can see it’s not a
very long book see how many pages sixty-six pages and then a couple of
pages of pictures Lowell Thomas says in his introduction
to the Reader’s Digest version of war is a racket even his opponents concede that
in his stand on public questions general Butler has been motivated by the same
fiery integrity and loyal Patriot ISM which has distinguished his service and
countless marine campaigns but the view that opponents forever saw integrity in
public overlooks the New York Times and Time
Magazine’s public Lansing when Butler revealed a wall street plot to seize the
government investigated confirmed and partially suppressed by the McCormack
Dickstein congressional committee the American Legion leaders and well-known
men of Wall Street won a major attorney for JP Morgan & Company and plans the
first American fascist dictatorship and they’re not talking about President
Trump Time magazine at the time controlled by
JP Morgan a company that you didn’t know that I didn’t said under a first page
headline on December 3rd 1934 plot without plotters such as the nightmares
page of future United States history pictured last week in Manhattan my
general Butler himself to the special House Committee investigating on
American activities no military officer of the United States
since the late tempestuous George Custer has succeeded in publicly floundering in
so much hot water as Smedley Darlington Butler general Butler’s sensational
tongue had not been heard in the nation’s presses for more than a week
when he cornered a reporter for the philadelphia record and the New York
Post poured into his ears the lurid tale that he had been offered leadership of a
fast fascist pooch scheduled for next year thanking their stars for having
such surefire publicity dropped in their laps representatives McCormick and
Dickstein began calling witnesses to expose the plot but there did not seem
to be any plotters mr. Morgan just off a boat from Europe had nothing to say but
partner Lamont did perfect moonshine to utterly ridiculous to comment upon I was from Time magazine 1934 December
3rd as George selfies put it in his 1947 book 1,000 Americans any reader
comparing the testimony and the committee report on this event must
conclude that the time report consists of distortion and propaganda in his long
out-of-print 1973 tome to plot to seize the White
House Jules archers shows how the New York Times
denigrated Butler’s whistleblowing and vastly underplayed the reality of the
congressional inquiry in November 21st 1934 headlines said hostile quote marks
retained what let me backtrack that sentence first of
all because I admit I changed the word its to the word in so let’s just its
November 21st 1934 headlines said hostile quote marks retained general
Butler bears fascist plot to see the government by force says bond salesman
as representative of wall street group asked him to lead army of 500,000 in
march on capital those named make angry denials Dickstein gets charged the
complex saga behind the coup attempt and the devious manner in which butler was
solicited to join the attempt to intimidate President Roosevelt into
functional inactivity was strikingly described by Archer in the plot to seize
the White House Hawthorne books 1973 and a bit less provocative lead by a History
Channel documentary titled the plot to overthrow FDR available on videotape
from international historic films WWI HFM calm / step / IH f
/ our five four seven dot html’ that is a bit complicated the title of that was
the plot to overthrow FDR do search of that the most revealing details of the
McCormick’s Dickstein committee report were suppressed in its a original
release so the report confirmed Smedley butler’s revelation of how radius
corporate plots it failed to detail the names of prominent corporate entities
who’s mentioned would have embarrassed the politicians they supported it and
the patriotic groups they helped form patriotic groups they helped form only
after George sell DS released his obscure book 1000 Americans did their
suppressed names come to light in two revealing appendices reproduced below
from 1,000 Americans 1947 by George Sal Dee’s appendix 20 the first fascist plot
to seize the US government sell these editorial note General Smedley Butler
testified before a congressional committee that several Wall Street
bankers one of them connected with JP Morgan accompanied several founders of
the American Liberty League and several heads of the American Legion plotted to
seize the government of the United States shortly after President Roosevelt
established the New Deal the press with a few exceptions suppress the news worse
yet the McCormack Dickstein committees suppress the facts involving the big
business interests although it confirms the plot which newspapers and magazines
had either refused to mention or had tried to kill by ridicule in the
following quotations the suppressed parts are in italics and you can’t see
the italic general Butler’s testimony regarding the
interview with Gerald G McGuire of the brokerage firm of Grayson MP Murphy then
McGuire said that he was the chairman of the distinguished guest committee of the
American Legion on Louis Johnson staff then Louis Johnson had acted McGuire
suggestion put the name down to be incited as a distinguished guest guests
of the Chicago Convention the Johnson had then taken this list presented by
McGuire of distinguished guests to the White House for approval that Louis Howe
one of the secretaries to the President had crossed my name off and said that I
was not to be invited that the president would not have it I thought I smelled a
rat right away that they were trying to get me mad to get my goat I said nothing he Murphy is on our side though he wants
to see the soldiers cared for he’s he responsible to for making the Legion a
strikebreaking outfit no no he does not control anything in the Legion now I
said you know very well that it is nothing but a strikebreaking outfit used
by a capital for that purpose and that is the reason that we have all those big
club houses and that is the reason I pulled out from they’ve been using these
dumb soldiers to break strikes he said Murphy hasn’t anything to do with that
he is a very fine fellow I said I do not doubt that but there is some reason for
his putting a hundred and twenty five thousand dollars into this remember the
$125,000 was a lot more than that it is now well that was the end of that
conversation I said if there anything stirring about it yet yes he
says you watch in two or three weeks you will see it come out in the papers there
will be a big fellows in it excuse me there will be big fellows in it and in
about two weeks the American Liberty League appeared which just about which
just about what he described it to be we might have an assistant president
somebody to take the blame and if things do not work out he can drop him he said
that is what he was building up Hugh Johnson for Hugh Johnson talked to damn
much and got him into a hole and he is going to fire him in the next three or
four weeks I said how do you know all this oh I said we are in with him all
the time we know what is going to happen general Butler’s testimony of his
interview with Robert Stirling Clarke he Clarke laughed and said that speech cost
a lot of money Clark told me that it had cost him a lot of money now either from
what he said then or from what McGuire had said I got the impression that the
speech had been written by John W Davis one of the other of them told me that
but he thought it was a big joke that these fellows were claiming the
authority of that speech he said when I was in Paris my headquarters were Morgan
and Hodges we had a meeting over there I might as well tell you that our group is
for you for the head of this organization Morgan and Hodges are
against you the Morgan interests say that you cannot be trusted that you’re
too radical you cannot be trusted therefore Douglas MacArthur is the head
of it Douglas MacArthur’s term expires in November and if he is not reappointed
it is to be presumed that he will be disappointed and sore
and they are not excuse me and they are forgetting him to head it I said I do
not think that you will get the soldiers to follow him Jerry he is in bad odour
because he put on a uniform with medals to march down the street in Washington I
know the soldiers well then he will get Hanford McKnight ER they want to either
MacArthur or McKnight er did you not want you but our group tell our group
tells us you are the only fellow in America who can get the soldiers
together they say yes but he will get them together and go the wrong way that
is what they say if you take charge of it no biting I said McKnight er won’t do
either he will not get the soldiers to follow him because he has been opposed
to the bonus yes but we will have him change and it is interesting to note
that three weeks later after this conversation McKnight had changed and
turned around for the bonus it is interesting to note that he said there
is going to be a big quarrel over a reappointment of MacArthur and he said
you watched the president of reappoint him he’s going to go right and if he
does not reappoint him he is going to go left I have been watching him with a
great deal of interest this quarrel over his reappointment to see how it comes
out he said you know as well as I do that MacArthur is Stokes Berry’s
son-in-law in Philadelphia Morgan’s representative in Philadelphia
you just see how it goes and if I’m not telling you the truth
I noticed that McKnight er turned around for the bonus and that there is a row
over the reappointment of MacArthur so he left me saying I am going down to
Miami testimony of Paul calmly French Paul
calmly French testimony of Paul calmly French of Philadelphia record in the
Smedley Butler leaden hearing at first he McGuire suggested that the general
Butler organized this out for himself and asked a dollar a year dues from
everybody we discussed that and then he came around to the point of getting
outside financial funds and he said it would not be any trouble to raise a
million dollars he said he could go to John W Davis attorney for JP Morgan and
company or Perkins of the National City banking any number of persons to get it
of course they may or may not mean anything that may not mean anything that
is his reference to jog w Davis and Perkins of the National City Bank during
my conversation with him I did not of course commit to the general to anything
I was just feeling him along later we discussed a question of arms and
equipment and he suggested that they can be obtained from the Remington Arms
Company on credit through the DuPont’s I do not think at that time he mentioned
the connection of DuPont’s with the American Liberty League but he skirted
all around it that is I do not think he mentioned the Liberty League Liberty
League but he skirted all around the idea that that was the back door one of
the DuPont’s is on the board of directors of the American Liberty League
and they owned a controlling interest in the Remington Arms Company
he said the general would not have any trouble enlisting 500,000 men from a thousand Americans 1947 by George
SEL DS appendix 21 the fascist plot officially confirmed 74th Congress first
session House of Representatives report number 153 investigation of Nazi and
other propaganda February 15 1935 committed to the Committee of the Whole
House on the State of the Union in ordered to be printed mr. mckormick from
the committee appointed to investigate nazi and other propaganda submitted the
following report pursuant to House Resolution number 198 73rd Congress
fascism there have been isolated cases of activity by organizations which seem
to be guided by fascist principle which the committee investigated and found
that they had made no progress in the last weeks of the committee’s official
life life it received evidence showing that certain persons had made an attempt
to establish a fascist organization in this country no evidence was presented
at this committee had 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 Medan John Major General
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 Maguire
in which the latter is alleged to have suggested the formation of a
just for me under the leadership of general Butler page 8 through 114 dc-6
to McGuire denied these allegations under oath but your committee was able
to verify all the pertinent statements made by general Butler with the
exception of the direct statement suggesting the creation of the
organization this however was corroborated in the correspondence of
McGuire with his principal Robert Sterling Clarke of New York City while
McGuire was abroad studying the various forms of veterans organizations of
fascist character page 111 dc-6 – the following is an excerpt from one of them
acquires letters had a very interesting talk last evening with the man who has
quite well up all affairs here and he seems to be of the opinion that the quad
of food would be very patriotic during this crisis and will take the cuts would
be the moving spirit in the veterans to accept the cuts therefore they will and
all probability be in opposition to the Socialists and functionaries the general
spirit among the functionaries seems to be correct that the correct way to
regain recovery is to spend more money and increase wages rather than to put
more people out of work and cut salaries the quad nephew is getting a great
number of new recruits and I recently attended a meeting of this organisation
and was quite impressed with the type of men belonging these fellows are
interested only in the salvation of France and I feel sure that the country
could not be in better hands because they’re not politicians they are a
cross-section of the best people of the country from all walks of life people
who gave their all between 1914 and 1918 that France might be saved and I feel
sure that if a crucial test ever comes to the Republic that these men will be
the bulwark upon which France will be served there may be more uprisings there
may be more difficulties but as is evidenced right now when the emergency
arises and Clark difficulties are forgotten as far as France is concerned
and all become United in the one desire and purpose to keep this country as it
is the most democratic and the country of the greatest freedom on the European
continent page 3 dc-6 – I’m not even sure what that reference means but I’m
sharing it with you this committee asserts that any efforts
based on lines as suggested in the foregoing and leading off to the extreme
right are just as bad as efforts which would lead to the extreme left armed
forces for the purpose of establishing a dictatorship by means of fascism or a
dictatorship through the instrumentality of the proletariat or a dictatorship
predicated in part on racial and religious patrons have no place in this
country Smedley Butler helped destroy a
corporate fascist pooch put never seen this word before PU T SCH in the
mid-1930s but how long did that last in the 1960s all four primary liberal
leaders were assassinated in the mid 90s a so-called democrat president turned
back to Bill of Rights and Constitution with the multitude of crime bills and in
the year 2000 Jim Crow laws were revived and a presidential election was swayed
by disallowing over 50,000 eligible American African Americans to vote in
the state of Florida corporations will not be denied their sway and profit
regardless of one’s political affiliation war is a racket remains an
astonishing reminder that America once stood for constitutional principles and
not power enhancing greed mongering that says burning Hooverville doesn’t
look like it’s focusing very well it doesn’t look focused at all does it
it says a photo opportunity I can’t read it from here a photo opportunity showing
general Butler’s desire to sweep government’s tables clean in other words
these getting rid of the horseshit alright thanks for joining me tune in to
the next episode and we’ll get started with general Butler’s actual writing we
just read the prologue the introduction excuse me
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