What general said that? Major Gen. Smedley Butler, a decorated WWI general, did so in 1935. His entire essay is here.
I just learned of Gen. Butler's beliefs from an essay by Cindy Sheehan here. She also discusses something close to home, about how boys learn some positive skills in the Boy Scouts, but they are also groomed for the military.
Like Cindy's son, Casey, I was an Eagle Scout and often refer to Boy Scouts as the junior military. We were organized in patrols with troop leaders and taught to stand at attention, salute those in higher positions, and not to question authority. Sure, we did some good community service projects, such as clean up creeks and abandoned cemeteries.
The brainwashing was such that by age 18 I thought I had to volunteer for the marines to carry out my duties as a good citizen. I went through the recruiting process, aced the tests, and took the physical. But something made me stop at that point and enroll in a college. And that's when my real education began, after I wrote a story on someone who questioned the government's version of who killed JFK.
My son is 6, and I'm not sure I want him to join the Cub Scouts. I want him to serve not just this nation, but the world, and I'm not sure the Cub/Boy Scouts organization furthers that. I'd like him to get involved in international organizations, ones that try to get beyond the walls of nationalism, that question authority figures and
work against power-mad empire supporters. I'm not sure the UN even does that these days.
along with your peers.
Where do you learn that? Maybe through reading essays like Gen. Butler's and Cindy Sheehan's.