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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org
SHARE Monday, May 25, 2020 Wait, What If War Isn't Humanitarian?
Dan Kovalik's new book, No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using "Humanitarian" Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interests which I am adding to my list of books you should read on why war should be abolished (see below) makes a powerful case that humanitarian war no more exists than philanthropic child abuse or benevolent torture.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2020 Reparations of an Economic Hit Man
Perkins has not just been confessing to and exposing the actions of himself and others in imposing destructive policies on nations around the globe for the profits of U.S. corporations. He's also been working for many years to make reparations, to reverse the damage.
SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Video of Building the Peace Movement Teach-In
Host: David Swanson, Executive Director of World BEYOND War Speakers: Leonardo Flores, Latin America Campaign Coordinator CODEPINK Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets Rich Whitney, Green Party Peace Action Committee Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 12, 2020 I Wish There Really Were a Plot to Create a Global Government
I saw a criticism of NPR for reporting on claims that coronavirus is being used to set up a world government. The criticism was that NPR never mentioned that the claims are nonsense lacking any documentation. I have an additional criticism: neither NPR nor its critics mentions that it might be a very good thing if such claims were true.
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go to Jail, or Join the Military
We don't know what the long-term damage is of coronavirus in those who recover. We don't know who will die among those who catch it. We do know that we each have a responsibility to avoid catching it and avoid spreading it. Here are some ways to do that.
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2020 Antiwar Congressional Candidates 2020
In September 2018, I wrote an article about four women who were running for Congress in four separate districts, each speaking against wars and militarism in highly unusual ways. They later all won their elections, joined together, and called themselves a squad. Since taking office, they've all been far superior to the average Congress member, and often been real standouts.
SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2020 Is Capitalism Too Close to See?
The United States tells itself it was created by Europeans who fled religious persecution for a land of liberty. But the biggest flood of immigrants from Europe to the United States, Canada, and Australia was made up of people fleeing the capitalism of the industrial revolution.
SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2020 Video: War Is A Lie with David Swanson
Not a single thing that we commonly believe about wars that helps keep them around is true. Wars cannot be good or glorious. Nor can they be justified as a means of achieving peace or anything else of value. The reasons given for wars, before, during, and after them (often three very different sets of reasons for the same war) are all false.
SHARE Sunday, May 3, 2020 Mapping Militarism 2020
A new collection of maps found here displays what militarism looks like in the world. Here's a brief guide to using and understanding them.
SHARE Sunday, April 26, 2020 War Abolition and Italian Liberation Day
This conference against war on Liberation Day in Italy, April 25, 2020, has been in the works for many months and was to be real-world. I was to see all of you in Florence. My heart aches for that not happening and for the reasons why, although being forced online and into refraining from burning jet fuel was always the better choice for the earth.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 24, 2020 How Ya Gonna Pay For It? Stop Giving Money to Israel.
Did you know that the U.S. government has done something odd with your tax dollars? The ones you get so furious and indignant about when they're used to feed anybody who's hungry? It has given over 280 billion of those dollars to the government of Israel (not counting classified hush-hush super-secret amounts).
SHARE Thursday, April 23, 2020 Unsolicited Advice on Terrorism to UVa Basketball Player Austin Katstra
First of all, thanks for your terrific work on the greatest team ever which I think we are all safe in assuming would have repeated last year's championship this year if the season hadn't been shut down. Maybe I'm biased. The point is I'm a fan and an alumnus who found very disturbing an article titled "Virginia's Austin Katstra lays the foundation for a career in counterterrorism."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Now Do You See How Evil They Are?
This is how U.S. politicians have talked from the very beginning of the United States and prior to it about human beings outside the United States, about Native Americans, about enslaved people, about minority groups and immigrants. Yet, many have been able to avoid recognizing the evil. Now do you get it?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2020 HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress
I know it's stiff competition, but hear me out. What would be the dumbest thing Congress could do in this moment? I mean, other than allowing Trump to remain in office? Surely it would be HR 6415.
SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2020 What's the Matter With Science?
What's the matter with science? By that, do I mean, why don't we turn away from corrupt politics and religion and follow the way of science? Or do I mean, why have we allowed science to so corrupt our politics and our culture? I mean, of course, both.
SHARE Monday, April 13, 2020 The Economic Benefits of a Global Ceasefire
The top benefit we should seek from ceasing firing in wars we cannot afford to continue during a real crisis, and from this pandemic itself, is a new understanding of universality.