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Is Warmaking Irrational?

How the Pentagon Turns Working-Class Men into the Deadliest Killers on the Planet

By David Swanson,


The following is an excerpt from David Swanson’s self-published new book War is a Lie (David Swanson, 2010).

AUDIO: Peter B. Collins Show: Two Powerful Anti-War Voices; Swanson and Thistlethwaite

News and Politics from the Left Coast

by Peter B. Collins on December 10, 2010

Activist/author David Swanson returns to talk about his latest book, War Is a Lie and Rev. Susan B. Thistlethwaite on her new book, Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World. Swanson is the veteran activist who worked for ACORN and was press secretary on the 2004 presidential campaign of Dennis Kucinich. He writes and speaks passionately about America’s wars, past and present, and how war fever is generated by politicians and the media with deception and manipulation. Informed by WikiLeaks, we identify some of the current lies that surround our military operations in Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, and we talk about the role of the corporate media in promoting propaganda over truth. Swanson will be in California starting 12/18. While the book is available at Amazon, Swanson is boycotting Amazon for cutting off WikiLeaks servers. You can get his book for half price, and get details on his speaking tour here. Rev. Thistlethwaite is a UCC minister and former president of the Chicago Theological Seminary, where she is now a professor. In our second segment starting at 54:00, she talks about the dangers of religious fundamentalism in our wired world, the need for progressive Christian voices to counter the impact of Christian fundamentalists, and the false notion of American exceptionalism most recently promoted by Sarah Palin. We also talk about the fight for economic justice that is playing out in the battle over the Bush tax cuts. Thistlethwaite is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and you can read her recent commentaries here.

"War Is A Lie" Youth Study Group Launched

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The December 8th Project

John Lennon believed that artists can change the world, and that each of us has a responsibility to create a better future.  We are gathering creative people on the 30th anniversary of his murder, to do good. Human beings can be killed, but the power of human creativity endures.

Each participant’s name is linked to a place where you can purchase his/her work. They have pledged to donate any 12/8/10 royalties via this link to the charity listed after the link.

Let’s rewrite the story of December 8th. “A dream we dream alone is just a dream. A dream we dream together is reality.”

Marley Brant, author, donating to The Salvation Army

Mike Gerber, author, donating to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Bob Harris, TV and travel writer, donating to

Jackie Martling, comedian/radio personality, donating to Rock and Wrap It Up

Devin McKinney, author, donating to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Joseph Moore, writer/photographer, donating to Doctors Without Borders

Rip Rense, writer, donating to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Mike Sacks, author, donating to the Ronald McDonald House

Jon Schwarz, writer, donating to Consortium News

David Swanson, author, donating to Courage to Resist

Crystal Zevon, Writer, donating to Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence