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“A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime. . . .
“Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there.”
— William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937.
In his book War is a Racket, 1935, Butler opens with these lines:
“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…. [and] the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it…. I must face it and speak out.”
In “Time of Peace,” Common Sense, Nov. 1935, Butler said:
“There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its ‘finger men’ (to point out enemies), its ‘muscle men’ (to destroy enemies), its ‘brain men’ (to plan war preparations), and a “Big Boss” (super-nationalistic capitalism).
It may seem odd for a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups.
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. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras “right” for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927, I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested….
I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket…. I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents….
Our exploits against the American Indian, the Filipinos, the Mexicans, and against Spain are on a par with the campaigns of Genghis Khan, the Japanese in Manchuria and the African attack of Mussolini. No country has ever declared war on us before we first obliged them with that gesture. Our whole history shows we have never fought a defensive war.”
Butler made these conclusions in his book War is a Racket:
“* We must take the profit out of war.
* We must permit the youth…, who would bear arms, to decide whether or not there should be war.
* We must limit our military to defense purposes….
Secretly each nation is studying and perfecting newer and ghastlier means of annihilating its foes wholesale…. Ships will continue to be built, for shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured… powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits…. Victory or defeat will be determined by the skill and ingenuity of our scientists.
If we put them to work making poison gas and more and more fiendish mechanical and explosive instruments of destruction, they will have no time for the constructive job of building greater prosperity for all peoples. By putting them to this useful job, we can all make more money out of peace than we can out of war – even the munitions makers.
So…I say, TO HELL WITH WAR!”
No one know exactly where the Spanish flu coming from. However some researchers alleged that it was originated in the Far East, likely had come from China.
Spanish influenza had its name, not because it had originated in Spain but because Spain was neutral during World War I and its press did not hesitate to report on the deadly disease while in other countries, medias were urged to downplay the flu’s severity for fear that morale would be affected.
Spanish influenza was harder to diagnose and more brutal. The Black Death patients had obvious symptoms that were easier to distinguish and normally patients would be died within a week. In contrary, many physicians mistook it at first for other normal diseases such as malaria, cholera, typhoid, or even plague. But soon they realized it was influenza. Its’ symptoms was terrible. Within hours of feeling the first symptoms of extreme fatigue, fever, and headache, victims would start turning blue that it was difficult to determine a patient’s original skin color. The patients would cough hard with blood coming out from their mouths, noses, ears. Virus attacks heavily to the victim’s respiratory organs. They would be died within few of hours.
The disease came in three waves: the first in the early months of 1918, the second in the fall of 1918, the deadliest one, and the third in early 1919.
The influenza pandemic spread through out the world. It spread following the path of its human carriers, along trade routes and shipping lines. Outbreaks swept through North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Brazil and the South Pacific. Within almost 2 years, it killed almost 700,000 people in the US and almost 100 millions people world wide.
Doctors were accused that they were coward, impotence, and above all, greed. The facts were that the disease was too new to be treated properly. However, many doctors gave theirs lives in service to the sick. There were some cures such as “amber apple,” “potable gold,” but they were too expensive for commoners. In the general, there were not an effective cure to the sick.
There were three kinds of the disease. The most common form is bubonic. It spread through the bite of fleas. Bacteria rapidly multiply microorganisms into bloodstream of its host. It also quickly block the upper stomach of it host that was the cause that patient could not eat anything. It took two days to a week before symptoms appear. The painful swellings appear everywhere on patient’s body, especially at armpits, neck, or groin. The swellings also accompanied by high fever, headaches, bleeding just below the skin, vomiting, and loss of motor control. Death typically ensues within three to six days after the onset symptoms. When its usual animal carriers have died and grow cold, fleas will jump onto the nearest warm body available, including human.
“Post-Cold War, New-World-Order time, it looks good for the military-Industrial- Intelligence Complex and their global partners in crime, the World Bank and the IMF. They’ve got their NAFTA, and soon their World Trade Organization. They’re dictating economic, political and social development all over the Third World and Eastern Europe. Moscow’s reaction to events anywhere is no longer a restraining consideration. The UN’s Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations, 15 years in the making, is dead. Everything in sight is being deregulated and privatized. Capital prowls the globe with a ravenous freedom it hasn’t enjoyed since before World War I, operating free of friction, free of gravity. The world has been made safe for the transnational corporation. (33)
Will this mean any better life for the multitudes than the Cold War brought? Any more regard for the common folk than there’s been since they fell off the cosmic agenda centuries ago? “By all means,” says Capital, offering another warmed-up version of the “trickle down” theory, the principle that the poor, who must subsist on table scraps dropped by the rich, can best be served by giving the rich bigger meals.
The boys of Capital, they also chortle in their martinis about the death of socialism. The word has been banned from polite conversation. And they hope that no one will notice that every socialist experiment of any significance in the twentieth century — without exception — has either been crushed, overthrown, or invaded, or corrupted, perverted, subverted, or destabilized, or otherwise had life made impossible for it, by the United States. Not one socialist government or movement — from the Russian Revolution to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, from Communist China to the FMLN in Salvador — not one was permitted to rise or fall solely on its own merits; not one was left secure enough to drop its guard against the all-powerful enemy abroad and freely and fully relax control at home.
It’s as if the Wright brothers’ first experiments with flying machines all failed because the automobile interests sabotaged each test flight. And then the good and god-fearing folk of the world looked upon this, took notice of the consequences, nodded their collective heads wisely, and intoned solemnly: Man shall never fly.” -William Blum
1934: Effects of the Great Depression in Minneapolis Minnesota. Unemployed marching on City Hall to demand reinstatement of Civil Works Administration jobs.
1934: Police use tear gas against unemployed march on City Hall, Minneapolis Minnesota.
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