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.

07.03.2019

A Green New Basic Income Guarantee

A Green New Basic Income Guarantee

By David Swanson U.S. military spending eight years ago was at $1.2 trillion per year, when one added in the nukes in the Energy Department, the Homeland Security Department, the CIA, interest on debt, veterans’ care, etc. Now it’s at $1.3 trillion. In the years since military spending has been dramatically increased, the… »

04.03.2019

Let’s Try to Elect Bernie Sanders

Let’s Try to Elect Bernie Sanders

By David Swanson About four months ago, I organized over 100 scholars, intellectuals, and activists to publish an open letter to Senator Bernie Sanders, which was then signed by over 10,000 more people, several of whom volunteered to deliver it to Senator Sanders. So, we know he received it. Before publishing… »

26.02.2019

U.S. Sale of War Planes to New Zealand Faces Popular Resistance in U.S. and New Zealand

U.S. Sale of War Planes to New Zealand Faces Popular Resistance in U.S. and New Zealand

By David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War The U.S. State Department uses public funds and public employees to market private products designed for mass killing to foreign governments. Few corporations have benefitted more from this socialism for the oligarchs than Boeing. In one recent example, the U.S. government has… »

23.02.2019

The New York Times Is Scared of Peace

The New York Times Is Scared of Peace

By David Swanson The New York Times and the people it gives voice to are very worried that Donald Trump may be too much in favor of peace in Korea, more in favor of peace than of disarming North Korea prior to peace — a sure recipe, of course, for never… »

16.02.2019

Dear Humanity, I Think We Should Just Be Friends

Dear Humanity, I Think We Should Just Be Friends

Friends, fellow inhabitants of planet Earth, I’m not breaking up with you. I just think maybe we ought to see other species for a while. You like dogs, right? I’ve spent so many years trying to talk with you, and you haven’t heard anything. So, we have the same conversation… »

17.01.2019

Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO

Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO

The New York Times loves NATO, but should you? Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world’s biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places… »

09.01.2019

Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better

Anything War Can Do, Peace Can Do Better

By David Swanson William James’ idea of the need to create a moral equivalent of war first struck me, decades ago, when I read about it, as about as sensible an idea as inventing a new way to punch yourself in the face. This was not purely because times have… »

28.12.2018

Isolationism or Imperialism: You Really Can’t Imagine a Third Possibility?

Isolationism or Imperialism: You Really Can’t Imagine a Third Possibility?

Of the United Nations’ 18 major human rights treaties, the United States is party to 5, fewer than any other nation on earth, except Bhutan (4), and tied with Malaya Malaysia, Myanmar, and South Sudan, a country torn by warfare since its creation in 2011. The United States is the only nation on… »

04.12.2018

Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal

Yemen, Poisoned Water, and a Green New Deal

By David Swanson While U.N. figures suggest that it would take 1% of U.S. military spending to provide the world with clean drinking water, the United States could end the worst cholera epidemic in recorded history (in Yemen) for far less than that and far less than what it is spending… »

14.11.2018

No to NATO, No to Bases, No to Wars in Distant Places

No to NATO, No to Bases, No to Wars in Distant Places

By David Swanson As I head over to Ireland for a conference on closing U.S. and NATO military bases around the world — and at which some of us will make plans for protesting NATO in Washington on April 4, 2019 — the presidents of France and Germany… »

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