War is always a crime. In every war – soldiers shoot at whatever moves – civilians or not.

An eye for an eye – according to the old testament – if somebody profits from the death of other people – the government should return the favor.

This means war-profiteers should be sentenced to death in a way the suffering family is profiting. That could mean life-time slavery.

This small book is extraordinary – Mr Butler wrote it between Wold War I and World War II.

He also clearly describes how chemical (Du Pont), leather metal producing companies can multiply their profits by war.

It is very sickening to see that people profit from other people’s suffering.

I blame the financial system and lack of empathy, consciousness, awareness and too much greed addiction and ignorance for it – lack of development as a human.

It can not be condemned enough.

“Take our friends the du Ponts, the powder people — didn’t one of them testify before a Senate committee recently that their powder won the war? Or saved the world for democracy? Or something? How did they do in the war? They were a patriotic corporation. Well, the average earnings of the du Ponts for the period 1910 to 1914 were $6,000,000 a year. It wasn’t much, but the du Ponts managed to get along on it. Now let’s look at their average yearly profit during the war years, 1914 to 1918. Fifty-eight million dollars a year profit we find! Nearly ten times that of normal times, and the profits of normal times were pretty good. An increase in profits of more than 950 per cent.”

The Du Pont family is an American family descended from Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817). Since the 19th century, the Du Pont family has been one of the richest ($14.3 Billion) families in America.[1]

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” And let us not forget the bankers who financed the great war. If anyone had the cream of the profits it was the bankers. Being partnerships rather than incorporated organizations, they do not have to report to stockholders. And their profits were as secret as they were immense. How the bankers made their millions and their billions I do not know, because those little secrets never become public — even before a Senate investigatory body.”

I can tell two way banks profit from war – but there are probably more.

They can invest in war – by buying stocks of those companies that profit from war or by buying whole companies.

For fax growth companies need bank-credits – so banks can profit by lending money to war-profiteering-companeis.

War Profiteers not only in the US

The Full Text:

pdf -> Phony Wars for Profit and Profit only – War Is A Racket – by Major General Smedley Butler 1935.pdf

html -> https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html

Links:

“The United States of America is in a state of perpetual war, which requires perpetual war spending. The reason for this is simple: money and power.”

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/15/war-is-still-a-racket/

http://www.economist.com/node/12884939

Du Pont Family

$14.3 Billion

The du Pont fortune dates back more than 200 years and is shared among an estimated 3,500 family members. A prisoner during the French Revolution, E.I. du Pont fled Europe in 1799 for America, where he founded the company that continues to make his descendants rich today. DuPont started as a gunpowder manufacturer, later expanding into dynamite, paints, plastics, dyes and materials. Its scientists invented nylon, Kevlar and Teflon. Family members no longer run the company, which has evolved into a chemicals giant, but they still hold a substantial chunk of its shares. In December 2015, DuPont and Dow Chemical announced that they would merge and split into three independent companies; the merger awaits the government’s antitrust review. Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV (pictured above) was governor of Delaware from 1977-1985 and ran for president in 1988. Du Pont heir Robert Richards made national news in March 2014 when it came out that he had previously pled guilty to raping his three-year-old daughter. He was not the first member of the family to get in trouble with the law. In 1996 John E. du Pont murdered Olympic gold medal wrestler David Schultz. The story was retold in the 2014 film Foxcatcher, which was produced by another heir, Megan Ellison, daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison.