David Swanson

David Swanson

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He was nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

22.08.2017

Charlottesville to Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments

Charlottesville to Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments

Under the new policy just announced in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city will be taking down all but the non-racist war monuments and memorials in all of its public spaces. Three monuments to the Confederate war, fought to maintain slavery — those of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and a generic… »

14.08.2017

Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville

By David Swanson 1. Let’s start with the obvious. Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are actually two completely different places in the world. The flood of concern and good wishes for those of us here in Charlottesville is wonderful and much appreciated. That people can watch TV news about… »

06.08.2017

Getting to Peace Through Local Governments

Getting to Peace Through Local Governments

By David Swanson Remarks at the Democracy Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., August 5, 2017. A school board member in Virginia once agreed to support creating a celebration of the International Day of Peace but said he would do so only as long as no one would misunderstand and get the… »

30.07.2017

Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together

Why and How to Bring Environmental and Peace Movements Together

By David Swanson If war were moral, legal, defensive, beneficial to the spread of freedom, and inexpensive, we would be obliged to make abolishing it our top priority solely because of the destruction that war and preparations for war do as the leading polluters of our natural environment. I happened… »

28.07.2017

Congressional Opponents of Sanctions As Nuts As Supporters

Congressional Opponents of Sanctions As Nuts As Supporters

By David Swanson Both houses of Congress have now passed big new sanctions bills by veto-proof majorities, in fact with near unanimity. The vote this week in the House of Misrepresentatives was 419–3 on a bill to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea as punishment for primarily imaginary crimes, despite… »

27.07.2017

What’s Missing from Dunkirk Film

What’s Missing from Dunkirk Film

By David Swanson Yes, I’m going to tell you what’s missing from this film without watching the film. Trump has, as promised, made me so sick of winning that I really could enjoy watching a defeat film, but I think I’ll pass. If I’m wrong about what’s missing from it… »

19.07.2017

Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Ethics of Not Ruining Everything

Today I listened to the audio book of Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationship With Animals by Lori Gruen while reading the hardcopy of From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett. As a result I have been better able to empathize with… »

16.07.2017

Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed

Pentagon Recruiting Playbook Revealed

By Pat Elder Ominous developments in three states this summer – Oregon, Texas, New Jersey, and one city – Chicago, provide a glimpse into the Pentagon’s new playbook to recruit soldiers from high schools across the country. In brief, the military has been engaged in a robust lobbying campaign to… »

05.07.2017

Observations in Iran

Observations in Iran

By Robert Fantina Iran is not a typical tourist destination for most North Americans. It is a mainly Muslim country, and to hear United States President Donald Trump and the various talking heads surrounding him describe Islam, all Muslims are terrorists. This writer is not much influenced by the rantings… »

26.06.2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget

U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget

By David Swanson The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal, urging Congress to move funding out of the military and into human and environmental needs rather than the reverse. The three resolutions are numbers 59 and 60 found on… »

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