Smedley Butler

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Person.png Smedley Butler   WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, whistleblower, activist)
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West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJune 21, 1940 (Age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Exposed • Business Plot
• War profiteering
Interests • War profiteering
• American fascism
A US general who exposed the coup that financiers had planned for USA.

Major General Smedley Butler is a US general turned whistleblower who became a peace activist, arguing most famously that "War is a Racket".

Business Plot

Full article: Business Plot

In 1933 Butler was chosen to lead a coup in USA by a small clique of financiers, referred to as the Business Plot. He went along with it, gathering information until in November 1934, he blew the whistle on the plan.

Anti-war activism

In 1935 he published the famous "War is a Racket", exposing the workings and hidden purposes the United States' foreign interventions, detailing the subversion of the US government by corporations and other deep state powers.

FOIA requests

Caitlin Russell of MuchRock made a FOIA request for any FBI files mentioning Smedley Butler.[1] Her response from this request was sufficient to tell that the "no responsive documents" answer which the FBI made twice to her request about Gerald C. MacGuire was incorrect.[2]


A Document by Smedley Butler

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:Warisaracket.pdfbook1935WarThe classic insider's denunciation of war. Easily readable in one sitting, it is sadly just as relevant to the situation facing humanity in the early 21st century as it was when first published a few years before the carnage of World War II.