Who Is Smedley Butler? – Questions For Corbett #052

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Questions For Corbett | 9 comments

Have you heard of Major General Smedley Butler? If not, you might want to ask yourself why that is. As one of the most highly decorated Marines in the history of the US Marine Corps and as a passionate and eloquent speaker about the racket that is war, Smedley Butler deserves to be a household name. Find out more in today’s edition of Questions For Corbett.

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Episode 349 – The WWI Conspiracy – Part Three: A New World Order

Episode 123 – Meet Smedley Butler

War is a Racket (audiobook)

On War, by U.S General Smedley Butler (1933)


  1. 2 and 1/2 Time Medal winner (lol…) as recounted in
    “The Plot to Seize the White House” by Jules archer, available for a stupid high price on Amazon or https://archive.org/details/pdfy-17F0BVXrHcyQbghI at the Internet archive (I have not cked the text against my copy)
    This book is mostly a bio of butler but does cover the plot.. he was a very interesting person who served as a police chief for a while too, but was too honest to be retained.

  2. Hey James. I sell Smedley often to Social Studies, and History teachers. None seem to know him. Weird, huh?
    On a related topic, I have been comparing the time frame of the Business Plot, thwarted by Butler, to other events happening in the world at that time. Could the Business Plot Conspiracy be considered part of the rise of WWII Germany? Can you see a connection to a wider plan(plot) that really involved world domination? After all, the US conspirators were part of the same group that helped Hitler’s rise. If they had succeeded, we could have seen North America dominated by a Nazi affiliate. Smedley was far more of a hero in his post military career than any of his decorations would indicate.

    • Maybe the same US group that funded the bolshiviks overthrowing the democratic 1st revolution in Russia (this guy USED to be getting interviewed all over Ytube, now not so much, but you can buy his books https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTfYV1SnqgI History professor Dr Richard B Spence)
      He says that the Russian rev was a big resource grab, which would explain how the Koch bro’s dad was making money in commie Russia when he realized how bloodthirsty the reds were.

  3. Hi James

    Q4C (is that the right way to signify a question?)

    Any way my question is, given the existence of Natural Law and constitutions based upon it, do you think a voluntary, anarchist society could exist under a constitutional agreement?

    The head of the “state” (which wouldn’t exist) replaced with the “rule of Natural Law?

    Meaning all free men and women agree to live under the Rule of Natural Law (do no harm) and are free to convene courts of Natural Law when community members transgress (cause harm.)

    Do you think this is feasible or does it contravene anarchist principles by imposing a system of rule?

  4. Listening to “War is a Racket” raised a new question.
    The books explains how so many companies and banks get HUGE profits.
    Those of the banks are kept secret.

    My question is:
    where does the war profit really come from?

    The soldiers and people are used as slaves using propaganda,
    but this does not seem to reflect the immense profit.
    I think I am missing a factor of 10.

    It might be nice to have some clear overview of the budgets.

    It seems to me that the biggest profit comes illegal trade
    – stealing resources and properties.
    – smuggling
    – arming both sides
    – banks lending money to both sides
    – enforcing huge debts and loans
    – artificial scarcity
    – selling “scarce” resources for huge prices
    – tax evasion
    – taking out the competition (with bombs sometimes)
    – creation of huge monopolies

    **it is still going on**

    How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump’s True Motives in Iraq


    My mpression:
    The US wanted Iraq to pay to rebuild the infrastructure.
    China came with a better deal, so the US killed the opposition.

    • Most of the profits come from the future generations, that is what is so clever about the War Racket.

      Future generations are paying tax to pay back loans for money that did not exist in the first place.

      Nice thing about being in an Anarchist world – don’t have to pay back other people’s criminal grandparents.

  5. Ya gotta appreciate these Corbett Report “Questions for Corbett”.
    I love this new, shorter format.
    It hones in on specifics and is easy to reference.

    • I also want to mention that Corbett is very good about giving the backstory and fundamentals.
      This lets almost any audience gain an understanding.

      On MLK Day, I was talking to a bunch of folks who are in their twenties about MLK and Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in ’68.
      Their eyes glazed over. It was too foreign to them.
      These are just names in a textbook.
      Even the 9/11 event is “not of their world”.
      It made me realize that many people need more of a backstory.

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