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Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC Retired (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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A report on how the greed of a privileged few, subsidized by public funding, creates substantial profits for themselves from mass human suffering.

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