M104 - Military Contractors

B24 assembly plant in Fort Worth There were many heroes during World War II but some are overlooked. The men and women who labored in factories at home to produce fighters, bombers, ships, tanks, and materiel for the war effort were heroes. This is especially true of the women who served, collectively called Rosie the Riveter. But was everyone a hero?

Clearly not. Even before WWII, United States Marine Corps major general Smedley Darlington Butler wrote a book called "War Is a Racket" that documented the profiteering by wealthy industrialists. After the war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about the Military Industrial Complex. Both were correct.

This material covers the period from the 1930s to present day and focuses on the increasing wealth and privilege granted to the corporations who make war possible.

Note: There is overlap between M104 and P104 but M104 is focused on military manufacturing while P104 is more broad and covers politics.

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