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Nov
16

Audio: David Swanson on KVRM

Tag: About David Swanson

KVRM

Wednesday November, 11th, 2009 Click to Play this edition of Rabble Rousing In Conversation: David Swanson, author of "Daybreak: Undoing The Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union"

This show was phone interview with David Swanson, who has been speaking around the country, alerting citizens to the dangers of the imperial presidency and how we can reclaim our government. He is author of the book "Daybreak: Undoing The Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." In it, amongst other topics, he elucidates the rights we have lost or given up, and should reclaim, as well as rights we need and should amend our constitution to provide. His book is very thought provoking as well as this interview. David will appear in Grass Valley 20 nov at Unitarian Universalist church, on S.Church st. he will also speak in Sacramento the following night. For addresses and details see his web site afterdowningstreet.com.

 

Nov
16

C-Span to Show David Swanson Book Event on Cable and Online Sunday Nov. 22nd 7:45 a.m. ET

Tag: Book and Movie Reviews

C-Span's Book TV, which can be watched on cable television on C-Span 2 or online at http://www.booktv.org plans to air a book event they recorded when I was in Miami, Florida.

Here's more info.

They'd told me they would run about 90 minutes, and so that was -- I think -- about what I did, including opening remarks and questions and answers. But their website says they're showing 1 hr and 7 min, which makes me suspect that they cut something out, most likely some of the Q&A. That's unfortunate.

I expect it to be a good show, in any case, and remember it as a good event. Please tell everyone to watch, record it, spread the word. Thanks!

Here's more about the book: "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union."

Nov
15

Asking Republicans for a Favor

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

My dear Republicans friends, it's probably not my place to ask. I'm not one of you, but I'm not your enemy either. I'm not an apologist for the other party or a third party. I'm an advocate for replacing the two parties with three branches. We still teach our children about the three branches of our government, but I'm afraid most adults have forgotten what that was supposed to mean.

Like you, I'd like us to be able to unelect people as well as elect them in fair and verifiable elections. Like many of you, I oppose massive bailouts for Wall Street, bipartisan gerrymandering, corporate control of government, warrantless spying, ballot access restrictions, budget deficits, lying politicians, and the so-called mainstream media.

Nov
14

On Burning Congressman Perriello in Effigy

Tag: Political Ideas

By David Swanson

I have not approved of much my congressional representative has done. He votes for war funding. He votes for bailouts for both "bankers" and the sickness industry (aka health insurance "reform"). Like any member of the Democratic Party he does what the party that funds him tells him to do.

But he is 100% correct to denounce as part of a very disturbing trend the announced plans of his craziest critics to burn him in effigy. Symbolizing violence and threatening violence contribute nothing to any discussion. Instead, these tactics degrade, intimidate, anger, and coarsen our politics. They also drown out legitimate criticism, so that the only positions possible are demonization or defense of a person rather than analysis of his actions.

Here's a campaign I support that seeks to expose and discourage this trend before it goes any further: http://stopdomesticterror.com

Nov
14

NYC Event Not to Miss

Tag: About David Swanson

David Swanson Book Event: "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union"

New York City - December 1, 7:00 p.m.

With Mark Crispin Miller. AND With John Nichols, author of the Foreword to "Daybreak".

At McNally Jackson books. 52 Prince St. (b/t Lafayette & Mulberry) New York, NY 10012 212-274-1160

Nov
14

Comic Lover for Justice

Tag: Art

Ted Rall makes wonderful cartoons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And columns. (Go read some.)

And videos:

And, now, books:

This is a very strange book, at least for someone who doesn't tend to read serious stories written as comic strips, or anything else written as comic strips.  It's growing on me, and I think I'll enjoy reading it again, but I think I would have enjoyed the first reading more had the author not recounted almost the whole plot in the foreword.  So, I won't say much about the plot here, and I recommend treating the foreword as an afterword.

Then I recommend imagining you had never read a novel before or heard a song before or watched a movie before.  In other words, try to be more open than I was at first to all things being done in an odd medium, so that the seriousness works as well as the funny parts.

You can read this in the time it takes to watch a television program, in which -- of course -- nothing works at all.

 

 

Nov
13

Authoritative Rejection of Afghanistan War

Tag: Peace and War

By David Swanson

The last time I was on Laura Flanders's GRIT tv I argued that the American public opposed the occupation of Afghanistan, but another guest -- some Washington, D.C., "progressive" -- argued that this had no relevance, since the American public didn't know anything about Afghanistan.

When the RAND Corporation held a forum on Afghanistan recently on Capitol Hill, Zbigniew Brzezinski claimed that it was uncontroversial that US troops had to stay in Afghanistan. I pointed him to polls of Americans, and he replied that Americans get fatigued and don't know any better.

When I spoke to a philosophy department at a university this month, a number of the professors objected to my advocacy of majority-rule on the grounds that experts often know best.

Nov
13

Video: Bruce Gagnon Interviews David Swanson

Tag: Political Ideas

This is the latest from Bruce Gagnon's cable TV show, which is shown all across the state of Maine, and which you can ask to have shown in your part of the country.

Watch Video.

(It's way better quality than the internet requires, so please be very patient for it to start. Then ask your local cable station to play it.)

Here's the source with more information. And we expect smaller versions to be posted there soon for those of you not working at super computers.

Nov
12

UVA Disgraces Itself, Takes on Task of Recording Oral History of Hurricane Dubya

Tag: Prosecution

The University of Virginia, to the shame of us alumni, contracts with the Pentagon, builds a research park nextdoor to a military spying center, employs the guy in charge of derailing the 9-11 commission, and now proposes to record the oral history of George W. Bush's misleadership.

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