“A gangster for capitalism” — Smedley Butler and American interventionism

George Dillard
8 min readDec 28, 2019

Imagine, for a moment, a recently retired, highly decorated Marine general getting up in front of crowds and saying something like this:

War is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it…