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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at and and works for the online activist organization

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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hell Is Other People's Thinking About War The book is called War Is Hell: Studies in the Right of Legitimate Violence. The author assured me that it did not argue in favor of violence. He was right. I've added it to my list of great war abolition books (see below) and consider it the best book I've read recently.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Leading U.S. War Propagandist John Kirby Thinks Depleted Uranium Is Just Fine Welcome to the bottom of the abyss of moral thinking.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 25, 2023
The Question of a Ukraine Agreement Is Not a Question The question of a Ukraine agreement is not a question, for two reasons. One, the warmaking parties want the war to continue. Two, if they were willing to make an agreement, everybody on all sides knows exactly (or darn near exactly) what it would have to be, and always has.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 24, 2023
How to Fabricate an Atrocity Once you've followed all the proper steps and fabricated a beautiful atrocity or collection of atrocities, you'll find that only those media outlets and populations that want to believe your ludicrous tales will do so.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 22, 2023
How to Reduce Military Spending It ought to be easy. Open bank vault, remove weapons dealers, close bank vault. In reality, we need a ton of tools, work, and luck.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 17, 2023
Iraq and 15 Lessons We Never Learned The peace movement did a great many things right in the first decade of this millennium, some of which we've forgotten. It also fell short in many ways. I want to highlight the lessons I think we've most failed to learn and suggest how we might benefit from them today.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Things to Learn from Daniel Ellsberg I met Daniel Ellsberg as a peace activist, one of the best there has ever been.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 6, 2023
How Many Strangers Are At the Gate? When learning to shoot at paper targets, he had concerns about killing actual people. He recounts being given the advice that if he could look at those he would kill as anything other than human he would have no problems.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 2, 2023
U.S. Imperialism as Philanthropy Imperialism has been understood, even by its authors, as anti-imperialism through a pair of sleights-of-hand.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 26, 2023
What Did the Peace Movement Do During the Destruction of Iraq? The educational results of the peace movement against the war on Iraq were extensive but largely temporary, I think. The understanding that wars are based on lies faded. The shame for individuals who'd backed the war in Congress faded. The demand to reduce the military funding that generates new wars, or to close the foreign bases that instigate conflict, shriveled.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 26, 2023
What to Replace the Monroe Doctrine With A major step could be taken by the U.S. government through the simple abolition of one little rhetorical practice: hypocrisy. You want to be part of a "rules-based order"? Then join one! There is one out there waiting for you, and Latin America is leading it.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 23, 2023
The People Over Pentagon Act Is An Act To understand why this thing is a scam, it helps to look at an account of how wonderfully awesome the Progressive Caucus is. It reads in part:
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Nations' Governments Need Unarmed Defense Plans A properly prepared unarmed defense department (something that might require a major investment of 2 or 3 percent of a military budget) could make a nation ungovernable if attacked by another country or a coup d'e'tat and therefore immune from conquest.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 20, 2023
Latin America Is Working to End the Monroe Doctrine A pink tide is rolling back the Monroe Doctrine at long last.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 20, 2023
Rage Against More Than a War, Rage Against the War Machine I leave you with these goals: Russia out of Ukraine. NATO out of existence. The war machine abolished. Peace on our planet.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 12, 2023
Through Cold and Snow, and Unarmed, People Try to Keep Their Mountain Out of War "The military exercise in Montenegro has ended and NATO soldiers have left the military barracks of Kolašin. However, we fear that this is just a preparation for a much more serious military training in May, when we expect a much more dangerous aggression and a real threat to Sinjajevina. . . . we are ready to stand in front of their plans and that they will only be able to shoot on Sinjajevina through dead bodies."
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 5, 2023
The Monroe Doctrine Is Soaked in Blood When it comes to the escapades of arrogant gringos, no sampling of tales would be complete without the somewhat unique but revealing story of William Walker.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 4, 2023
Joe and Vlad in the Land of Stories In Ukraine, there are no magic wands. But none are needed.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 29, 2023
The Monroe Doctrine Shaped North America We're often taught that the Monroe Doctrine wasn't acted on until decades after its articulation, or that it wasn't acted on as a license for imperialism until it was altered or reinterpreted by later generations. This is not false, but it is overstated.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2023
How Dare I Oppose War Together With Libertarians? I'm getting a lot more criticism for planning to speak at an antiwar rally at which libertarians will speak than I do for sitting around doing nothing. In fact, I get exactly no criticism ever from anyone for sitting around doing nothing, even though that's far more dangerous.

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