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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 >>

The Long History Of The Nazi Salute And The USA

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 4:45 pm | David Swanson

Photo by Jack Gilroy, Great Bend, Penn., September 28, 2020 If you do a web search for images of “Nazi salute” you find old photos from Germany and recent photos from the United States. But if you search for images of “Bellamy salute” you ... More >>

What Trump And Biden Should Have Done In War On Vietnam

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 8:27 am | David Swanson

Donald Trump and Joe Biden were athletes who got deferments and dubious medical-based exemptions to participating in the mass slaughter of Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian men, women, and children. The common criticism of one or the other of them, based ... More >>

WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 7:57 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson, excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind . https://davidswanson.org/wwii-was-not-fought-to-save-anyone-from-death-camps/   If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing ... More >>

Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 7:20 am | David Swanson

By World BEYOND War, September 18, 2020 https://worldbeyondwar.org/assange/ 1. The effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for journalism is a threat to future journalism that challenges power and violence, but a defense of the media practice ... More >>

Monopoly: Root Of All Evil

Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 9:51 am | David Swanson

The Monopoly game originally had an anti-monopoly, pro-cooperation (not corporation , COOPeration!) version. Somebody should revive it, along with the understanding of the game as a warning of horrific evils, not just arcane Wall Street issues, and ... More >>

Dear “Washington Football Team"

Friday, 24 July 2020, 3:38 pm | David Swanson

This isn’t free unsolicited advice on your new name, because (1) you’ve pretended to ask everyone for input, and (2) if you name your team the Washington Warriors next year, as I’m guessing you would have done by now if not for some legal dispute, ... More >>

Charlottesville Va. Bans Militarized Policing — Your City Can Too

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:15 pm | David Swanson

By unanimous vote, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., on Monday evening voted to ban militarized policing. Specifically, the City Council resolved that “the Charlottesville Police Department shall not acquire weaponry from the United States ... More >>

Bats With Napalm Vests And Other Great American Innovations

Friday, 17 July 2020, 9:15 am | David Swanson

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, July 16, 2020 https://worldbeyondwar.org/bats-with-napalm-vests-and-other-great-american-innovations/   Nicholson Baker’s new book, Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act , is staggeringly good. If I point out any minor ... More >>

Mommy, Where Do Peace Activists Come From?

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 7:16 am | David Swanson

The Kateri Peace Conference, which has been held in upstate New York for 22 years, will be held online this year , allowing anyone in the world who can get online to attend and hear from and speak with such wonderful U.S. peace activists — (Hey, ... More >>

The Beginning Of The End

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:36 am | David Swanson

The Beginning or the End may have been the beginning of the end. If you imagine humanity existing a century from now in a society that includes history classes, you can expect, barring major changes, that U.S. text books will describe this as ... More >>

Hey Congress, Move The Money

Monday, 29 June 2020, 6:51 am | David Swanson

The past month’s activism has changed a great deal. One thing it’s helped with is brushing aside the tired old argument over whether government should be big or small. In its place we have the much more useful argument over whether government ... More >>

Put These Antiwar People In Congress

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 9:01 am | David Swanson

If you can do activism, do it around policies in a principled manner, and steer clear of elections. If you can do funding, fund principled activist organizations, not political candidates. If you must divert your energies and money into elections, ... More >>

Bernie, Amendments, And Moving The Money

Monday, 15 June 2020, 1:22 pm | David Swanson

Senator Bernie Sanders has finally done something that some of us thought would give his presidential campaign a big boost four years ago, and again this past year. He’s proposed to introduce legislation to move a significant amount of money from ... More >>

U.S. Military Should Stick to Slaughtering Foreigners

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 3:47 pm | David Swanson

Here’s what should happen now, judging by what I see on social and other media. More >>

Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go To Jail, Or Join The Military

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 3:38 pm | David Swanson

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 ... More >>

Is Capitalism Too Close To See?

Friday, 8 May 2020, 7:30 am | David Swanson

I’m not quite as big a fan of the new film “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” as Jon Schwarz is but think he makes some great points about it, as he usually does. The film doesn’t tell a story with characters and drama. It’s a documentary that ... More >>

War Abolition And Italian Liberation Day

Monday, 27 April 2020, 7:12 am | David Swanson

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will ... More >>

What’s The Matter With Science?

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 9:50 am | David Swanson

https://davidswanson.org/whats-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 ... More >>