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The Empires That Brought Us Here

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 9:52 am | David Swanson

Empire is still (or newly, as it wasn’t always) a touchy subject in the U.S. Empire. Most people in the United States would deny that the United States has ever had an empire, just because they’ve never heard of it, and so it must not exist. And those ... More >>

325 Organizations Propose Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of

Friday, 24 September 2021, 9:02 am | David Swanson

Yesterday something that has become tiresomely routine happened; I spoke to a college class about the most obvious climate solution, and neither the students nor the professor had ever heard of it. The 325 organizations (and climbing) listed at the bottom of ... More >>

Guantanamo Past the Point of All Shame

Friday, 10 September 2021, 9:01 am | David Swanson

U.S. high schools should teach courses on Guantanamo: what not to do in the world, how not to make it even worse, and how not to compound that catastrophe beyond all shame and recovery. As we tear down Confederate statues and continue brutalizing ... More >>

Atheism Could Save Journalism, Democracy, and Your Family

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 9:33 am | David Swanson

I know, I know, journalism is so bad you don’t really want it saved or really see what saving it would mean — much less want it saved by some evil abomination like atheism. And we’ve never actually had democracy. And I’ve got no business ... More >>

The Washington Post’s Case Against Democracy

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 2:38 pm | David Swanson

The Washington Post has been a leading promoter of the Rules Based Order, which some have confused with a pro-democracy initiative. The Post has, however, assembled a powerful case against democracy, that we all need to take seriously if we want ... More >>

What the War of Terror Has Cost Us So Far

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 9:28 am | David Swanson

Malika Ahmadi, two, died in a U.S. drone strike on Kabul today, her family says . Has the war of 20 years cost us the ability to care? The war on Afghanistan and the war on Iraq that it was a means of helping start, and all the other spin-off ... More >>

Adding Women to Military Draft in the Name of Feminism

Monday, 30 August 2021, 8:43 am | David Swanson

In some future lovely little war, perhaps with China or some other demonized target, some percentage of the U.S. public may suddenly exclaim: “Hey, since when does a draft include young women as well as men?!” More >>

Tech Giant Censors or the Stuff You Want Censored?

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 9:53 am | David Swanson

The communications system we live in is highly complex, mostly driven by greed and profit, in part semi-public, full of filth I know we’d be better off without, and increasingly openly censored and monitored by defenders of accepted good thinking. More >>

War: Ever More Present and Absent

Wednesday, 25 August 2021, 8:54 am | David Swanson

In many ways, war is ever more and less visible. Of course in U.S. academia, the Pinkerist pretense that we are living through a period of great peace is accomplished by all sorts of statistical manipulation, but first and foremost by declaring civil ... More >>

End the U.S. Military Air Base Construction in Henoko

Monday, 23 August 2021, 8:44 am | David Swanson

A petition to President Joe Biden was read aloud in English and Japanese at the White House and at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, August 21, 2021, by David Swanson and Hideko Otake. More >>

Lies, Damn Lies, And What We’ve Been Told About Afghanistan

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 9:14 am | David Swanson

It’s far from the longest U.S. war. There was no peace before or after it. There is no after it until they end it — and bombing has always been most of what it is. It has had nothing to do with opposing terrorism. It has been a one-sided slaughter, ... More >>

Afghanistan: So What Do the Filthy Commie Peaceniks Say Now?

Monday, 16 August 2021, 10:38 am | David Swanson

So, people get hurt when you stop waging wars, and peace is dangerous, and . . . and . . . well, women’s rights! What do the stupid peace lovers say now? Well, here’s what this one says: On September 11, 2001, I said, “Well, that proves ... More >>

Activists Paint Tank Tracks To Doors Of Weapons Dealers

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 8:45 am | David Swanson

https://worldbeyondwar.org/activists-paint-tank-tracks-to-doors-of-weapons-dealers/ CANADA – Activists across Canada marked the third anniversary of the Yemen school bus massacre on Monday with protests at weapons manufacturers and government offices, ... More >>

Knowing Humanity’s End Is Near And Staying Sane

Monday, 9 August 2021, 9:30 am | David Swanson

<img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2108/50af546e9f6ac25b968f.jpeg" width="720" height="480"> I read Daniel Sherrell’s Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World sitting on the edge of what was left of the ... More >>

Hiroshima Is A Lie

Friday, 6 August 2021, 9:35 am | David Swanson

In 2015, Alice Sabatini was an 18-year-old contestant in the Miss Italia contest in Italy. She was asked what epoch of the past she would have liked to live in. She replied: WWII. Her explanation was that her text books go on and on about it, so ... More >>

William Astore Is Talking About Lessening The Damage, Not Actual Defense

Friday, 30 July 2021, 9:21 am | David Swanson

William Astore’s latest article on TomDispatch proposes to “Reinvent the U.S. Military for Real National Defense.” The specific proposals are all to the good: stop adding to the nuclear weapons pile, shrink the Army and Navy and Airforce, stop ... More >>

War Powers Reform Bill Far Better Than Feared

Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 9:37 am | David Swanson

Senators Murphy, Lee, and Sanders have introduced legislation to address Congressional and Presidential war powers. (See bill text , press release , one pager , video of press conference , op-ed , and Politico article ). In recent months, we’ve seen ... More >>

The Way Between

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 9:36 am | David Swanson

For decades I — and, no doubt, everybody else who points out the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action — have had the endlessly recurring experience of being asked “But shouldn’t people defend themselves with wars rather than do nothing?” ... More >>

Remember to Forget The Alamo

Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 1:15 pm | David Swanson

https://davidswanson.org/remember-to-forget-the-alamo/   Mexico once had a problem with a local provincial government promoting illegal immigration from the United States into Mexico in order to engage in the illegal slavery of illegally ... More >>

Goodbye To An AUMF

Friday, 18 June 2021, 9:04 am | David Swanson

https://worldbeyondwar.org/goodbye-to-an-aumf/   With the U.S. House voting and the U.S. Senate promising to vote on repealing an AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) from 2002 (essentially a sort of weasely pseudo-permission ... More >>