Please enjoy my recent conversation with Caleb Bader. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, September 11th, military hero mythology, war stimulates the economy fallacy, broken window fallacy, government indoctrination centers, 1984, 3 minutes hate, Murray Rothbard, war is a racket, talking to military men/women, Internet rendering government obsolete, free Internet cannot be trusted fallacy, the belief in the authority, being a Christian Voluntaryist, Anarcho-Communist, worker owned business, legitimacy of the State, legal plunder, minimum wage economics, making voluntary transactions illegal, taxation is theft, I’m just doing my job and much more!
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.
Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
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