1) Smedley Butler, AKA "Old Gimlet Eye" (You just can't make this stuff up):
- "[T]he title of two works, a speech  and a booklet ... in which Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how interests have commercially benefited from ."
- one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, 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."
- "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, f
Want to disappear down a rabbits' hole of cultural and ethical surrealism? Then this be for you:
- INTRO @ CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/30/vbs.narco.cinema/index.html?iref=allsearch
- PART 1: http://www.vbs.tv/newsroom/mexican-narco-cinema-part-1-of-3--2
- PART 2: http://www.vbs.tv/newsroom/mexican-narco-cinema-part-2-of-3--2
- PART 3: http://www.vbs.tv/newsroom/mexican-narco-cinema-part-3-of-3--2
I might not remember a lot from Social Psychology a decade and a half ago, but at least three things have stuck with me: marshmallows (Mischel), shocks (Milgram), and... prison insanity (Zimbardo).
Zimbardo's experiment shows that the power differential between those playing the roles of officers and inmates led quickly to social problems. In fact, the experiment was called off after just 6 days because the "experiment quickly grew out of hand. Prisoners suffered — and accepted — sadistic and humiliating treatment from the guards. The high level of stress progressively led them from rebellion to inhibition. By the experiment's end, many showed severe emotional disturbances" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbardo_experiment).