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A Tale of Two Tribes

By David Swanson

On Friday evening, Charlottesville, Virginia's liberals were lined up the length of the pedestrian street known as the Downtown Mall waiting to get into an event with President Obama and Congressman Tom Perriello. Meanwhile the rightwingers (or some of them, because the Tea Party had an event elsewhere) were at an Americans for Prosperity event in a nearby park. And we misfits were handing the same flyers to both groups and observing the different reactions.

A Debate on Violence: Ted Rall and David Swanson

A Nonviolent Exchange of Views in Four Parts
1. Don't You Know That You Can Count Me Out - In
By David Swanson

Ted Rall's new book "The Anti-American Manifesto" advocates for violent revolution, even if we have to join with rightwingers and racists to do it, and even if we have no control over the outcome which could easily be something worse than what we've got. We have a moral duty, Rall argues, to kill some people.

Now, I much prefer a debate over what radical steps to take to a debate over whether it's really appropriate for President Obama to whine about people's lack of enthusiasm for voting. Should we try to pep people up for him or gently nudge him to appoint a new chief of staff who's not a vicious warmongering corporatist? Decisions. Decisions.

This New 1994 Could Have Been 1974

By David Swanson

If the Democrats had used 2009 and 2010 to end the wars and prosecute Bush and Cheney, not to mention Wall Street, for their crimes; put prisoners on trial or free them; expose and hold accountable those behind the torture, warrantless spying, assassinations, and war lies; if they had thrown out the filibuster rule; restored the right to organize a union; created Medicare for All; and guaranteed a job to anyone in need through a new green energy program and huge investments in education, two things would have happened.

First, astroturfed corporate events would have denounced all of this as Socialism. How horrible THAT would have been! I can't imagine it!

Perriello and the President

By David Swanson

When Tom Perriello replaced Virgil Goode as our representative in the Fifth District of Virginia, I was glad to see an outspoken bigot thrown out of office. Heck, I'm glad to see almost anyone thrown out of office. When one quarter of the races being in play makes for an extraordinary election year, something's wrong with the system.

FOIA Appeal to DOJ on Torture Cites Effort to Conceal Crimes

The Robert Jackson Steering Committee
October 29, 2010
For Immediate Release

Charlotte Dennett,
David Swanson,

FOIA Appeal to DOJ on Torture Cites Effort to Conceal Crimes

Emergency Demonstration: Protest Obama and Perriello War Spending and War Crimes

The candidates don't want to talk about it, let's make it an issue when President Obama visits Charlottesville to campaign for Tom Perriello this Friday!

Friday Oct. 29
In front of the Charlottesville Pavillion on the Downtown Mall (700 E. Main St. Charlottesville, Va)

Bring a sign, we'll have a few extra but we'll need more!

Come early and craft a special t-shirt to wear inside the campaign rally, especially if you plan on being heard at that rally!
(wear layers...)

-Congessman Perriello has consistently voted in favor of more funding for wars and more troops in Afghanistan. The wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan have not been mentioned in any of his debates with Robert Hurt. Why is he so scared to talk about it?

The Living Dead Liberal Class

Chris Hedges began a recent column, in these days just prior to congressional elections by announcing:

"The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism. It is the product of bankrupt liberal institutions, including the press, the church, universities, labor unions, the arts and the Democratic Party. The legitimate rage being expressed by disenfranchised workers toward the college-educated liberal elite, who abetted or did nothing to halt the corporate assault on the poor and the working class of the last 30 years, is not misplaced. The liberal class is guilty."

An Ocean Full of Oil

By David Swanson

Earlier this year, we put millions of barrels of oil, billions of cubic feet of gas, and 1.5 million gallons of chemical dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. Of those dispersants, designed for use on the surface, 800,000 gallons were sprayed directly into the oil gusher on the dark ocean floor, potentially multiplying the damage while keeping it out of sight. Already people are dying.

Jefferson's Eternal Sweatshop

I attended a rally at the University of Virginia Monday evening that was organized by students who would like UVA to pay its workers a living wage. The event was inspiring, but it could easily have been aggravating -- for the simple reason that 12 years ago I and a lot of other students held similar rallies to make the same demand.

Back then our demand was for a minimum of $8 per hour, and we displayed that $8 in orange and blue on buttons and stickers, on shirts and in store windows, and in the new policies of local businesses, school boards, and governments. We held rallies and concerts, gathered petitions, and made a heck of a lot of noise.