Smedley Butler, the Most Decorated Marine in U.S. History, Publishes ‘War is a Racket’

Smedley Butler became widely known for his outspoken lectures against war profiteering, U.S. military adventurism, and what he viewed as nascent fascism in the United States. In December 1933, Butler toured the country with James E. Van Zandt to recruit members for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He described their effort as “trying to […]

The 1933 ‘Business Plot’: Smedley Butler Blows the Whistle on Industrialists & Bankers Coup to Overthrow the Gov’t, or Ruse for FDR Support?

An outstanding Major General of the Marine Corps, Smedley Butler, became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists (including Goodyear, US Steel, JP Morgan, Heinz, and Maxwell House) were planning a military coup to overthrow the US government & FDR, with […]