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The Record Of Racketeering Is Long

Posted by | October 3rd, 2012

“I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service in the country’s most agile military force, the Marines. I served in all ranks from second lieutenant to major general. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. Thus I helped make Mexico, and 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 revenue in. I helped in the raping of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers and Co. in 1909–12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right” for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.”

– Major General Smedley Butler

As We Go Marching, By John T. Flynn

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One thought on “The Record Of Racketeering Is Long

  1. Mark Ross Post author

    Nothing like using our military and tax dollars, for Crony Capitalist, Imperialistic ventures! All under the guise of our “economic interests”!


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