Read by: Jack Eddleman -- Time: 1 hour 1 minute
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--- What am I buying?
A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.
[Adult (non-fiction) - oration] Originally published 1935.
Edited by: Lenny Lyons
This was a speech given by General Butler during a nationwide tour in the early 1930's, but it applies even more today! Listen as he frankly discusses, from his experience as a career military officer, how business interests commercially benefit from warfare. He then suggests several practical solutions for reducing the pillage.
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (born July 30, 1881 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and died June 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and Republican candidate for Senate. Highly respected for his moral, as well as physical courage; he is quoted as saying:
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service, and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for Capitalism. 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 revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
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Audience = Adult 16+
Non-Fiction Subject = Oration
BIC = KJG1KBB (Business ethics and social responsibility)
DDC = 322 (Social sciences / Political science / Relation of state to organized groups)
BISAC = BUS008000 (BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics)
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