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.

25.09.2017

Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth

Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth

By Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference, September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC. http://worldbeyondwar.org/stones-drones-short-history-war-earth/ War is humanity’s deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th… »

19.09.2017

The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President

The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President

By David Swanson In planning an upcoming conference aimed at challenging the institution of war, to be held at American University September 22-24, I can’t help but be drawn to the speech a U.S. president gave at American University a little more than 50 years ago. Whether or not… »

13.09.2017

You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace

You Can’t Have a Progressive Movement Without Peace

By David Swanson Remarks at People’s Convergence Conference, Sept. 8, 2017 Here’s my five-minute case for why you can’t have an effective progressive movement in the United States that doesn’t include working for peace. War and militarism and bases and ships and missiles and sanctions and nuclear threats and… »

31.08.2017

Charlottesville’s Past That Isn’t Even

Charlottesville’s Past That Isn’t Even

Here in Charlottesville, Virginia, I like to point out that the rallies of racists are mostly imported from out of state. It’s tempting to relax comfortably on that assertion, and to reflect on how our great lord and master Thomas Jefferson owned people with more reluctance and inner turmoil than… »

24.08.2017

The Peace Monument the United States Needs

The Peace Monument the United States Needs

Washington, D.C., needs a three-dimensional, sculptural Guernica dedicated to and with explanatory information about the victims of U.S. bombings in over 30 countries that the United States has bombed. And it needs such a monument to the victims of wars now, to help move the country away from war. We… »

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… »

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