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Hate Taxes But Love WWII? You Obviously Don’t Know Where Taxes Came From

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 2:56 pm | David Swanson

The United States excels at hating taxes, and for good reason. The U.S. government gives you damn near nothing in return for them. You pay them at a higher rate than do billionaires or corporations. Cheating is permitted only if at a sufficiently ... More >>

What Washington Does To Chinese

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 9:47 am | David Swanson

This coming Friday, newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with Japan’s Prime Minister SUGA Yoshihide for a summit that the mainstream media has presented as democratic and peace-loving countries casually getting together in order to discuss ... More >>

Biden’s Announcement That Trump Got Military Spending Just Right Is Dead Wrong

Friday, 9 April 2021, 3:07 pm | David Swanson

President Joe Biden is proposing a level of Pentagon spending so close to that of Trump’s last year in office that Bloomberg calls it a 0.4% reduction adjusting for inflation while Politico calls it a 1.5% increase and “effectively an inflation-adjusted ... More >>

A Cold War Re-Education In 8 Minutes

Monday, 22 March 2021, 3:19 pm | David Swanson

The Cold War didn’t have a hard and fast beginning that transformed the world or that turned heroic anti-Nazi Soviets into Satanic Commies on a particular afternoon. More >>

Brazil In The World

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 12:51 pm | David Swanson

Next only to the worst destroyers of the earth’s climate slowing their destructive activities, one of the best steps that could be taken for this planet might be for the destroyers of the Amazon rain forests to knock it off. They’re led by one of ... More >>

The Impossible Impeachment Of Joe Biden

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 9:10 am | David Swanson

Since the presidency of Richard Nixon that I was born during, and since long before that, there’s not been a president who — in my view — should not have been impeached, removed, and banned from holding office. There’s also not been an impeachment ... More >>

Universality Or Fighting Over Scraps

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 10:05 am | David Swanson

Why should rich people get pandemic survival checks? Why shouldn’t descendants of enslaved people get reparations payments? Why should someone who doesn’t go to college pay taxes to make college free? Why should smokers get health coverage? ... More >>

Yemen Yes! Now Afghanistan!

Friday, 5 February 2021, 10:28 am | David Swanson

If the U.S. government follows through on what President Joe Biden said today about Yemen, that war’s days are numbered. If the rest of us learn the appropriate lessons, the war on Afghanistan should start picking out a tomb stone. Biden said the U.S. ... More >>

U.S. Should Pay Iran Reparations

Friday, 5 February 2021, 8:37 am | David Swanson

Why would I say such an outrageous, treasonous, delusional, OBVIOUSLY-funded-by-Putin thing? Am I hoping to enrage war-crazed sadists who’ve seen too much television “news”? Not at all. I want them to still be around when I say that it would actually ... More >>

How We Blocked Weapons Trucks In Canada — How You Can Do The Same

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 10:49 am | David Swanson

On the January 25th global day of action to end the war on Yemen one of the most dramatic actions that moved the demand for peace into the most media stories was taken by members of World BEYOND War and our allies, including Labour Against the ... More >>

How To Beat A Capitol Police Officer With An American Flag Pole

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 10:12 am | David Swanson

Eleven years ago, the Onion reported that the U.S. flag had been recalled after causing 143 million deaths. Last week, a Trumpy beat a Capitol Police officer with a pole holding a U.S. flag. At first glance this seems like an amateur move. If you ... More >>

Top 10 Ways Neera Tanden Has Been Misunderstood

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 10:04 am | David Swanson

When Neera Tanden emailed her colleagues in support of forcing Libya to pay for the privilege of having been bombed, many misunderstood, including one of her colleagues who emailed back objecting to creating what he supposed was an obvious financial ... More >>

Biden’s Actions So Far Would Have Ye Olde Resistance In The Streets If He Were Republican

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 9:31 am | David Swanson

Take a gander, if you can stomach it, at buildbackbetter.gov . Now, be honest, if this were the work of a Republican would you be ready to protest? Not only did you not vote for anything new, as the vast majority of the nominees and the policy proposals ... More >>

Everything Will Fundamentally Change

Monday, 9 November 2020, 8:57 am | David Swanson

Delaware Senator Joesph Biden presents Secretary of “Defense” William Cohen with a model C5 aircraft at a luncheon in Sec. Cohen’s honor during his visit to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, December 15, 1999. In June 2019, Joe Biden promised ... More >>

In 1940, The United States Decided To Rule The World

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 9:29 am | David Swanson

Stephen Wertheim’s Tomorrow, The World examines a shift in elite U.S. foreign-policy thinking that took place in mid-1940. Why in that moment, a year and a half before the Japanese attacks on the Philippines, Hawaii, and other outposts, did it become ... More >>

Lies And The Fascists Who Believe Them

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 10:29 am | David Swanson

A Brief History of Fascist Lies is the title of a new book by Federico Finchelstein, the author of a number of books on fascism and populism. Finchelstein both draws distinctions that slot politicians into categories (such as fascist or populist) ... More >>

Troops Out Of Germany And Down A Rabbit Hole

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 10:45 am | David Swanson

I read this nightmare fantasy in the Financial Times : “Of course, a second term for Mr Trump would have a wholly different impact on US-German relations than would a Joe Biden presidency. It is conceivable that a victorious Mr Trump would push hard ... More >>

There Are Anti-War Candidates

Saturday, 24 October 2020, 3:58 pm | David Swanson

By David Swanson https://davidswanson.org/there-are-anti-war-candidates/ I don’t have any use for PEP politicians (progressive except on the Pentagon), but there are going to be serious members of the U.S. Congress next year who aren’t afraid ... More >>

Unique New U.S. Genre Emerges: The War-Is-Good-for-You Book

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 8:19 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson https://davidswanson.org/unique-new-u-s-genre-emerges-the-war-is-good-for-you-book/   The New York Times loves the latest war-is-good-for-you book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan. The book fits into the growing and exclusively ... More >>

What Waging War Is Really Like

Friday, 2 October 2020, 8:56 am | David Swanson

The vast majority of people who experience war directly, first-hand, rather than through Hollywood movies or politicians’ speeches, are the people who live where wars are waged. In wars involving distant wealthy nations on one-side, some 95% of ... More >>