How Outlawing War Changed the World in 1928

When I wrote a book about the Kellogg-Briand Pact my goals were to draw lessons from the movement that created it, and to call attention to its existence as a still-current law being routinely violated — in hopes of encouraging compliance. After all, it is a law that bans nations from engaging in war — the primary thing my nation’s government does, with a half-dozen U.S. wars going at any time now.

Now Oona Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro have published The Internationalists: read more

U.S. Path to War on North Korea Is Well Worn

The U.S. proposal for a U.N. resolution allowing “all necessary measures” to forcibly halt and inspect North Korean ships and to cut off oil to North Korea may send our species out the door with a culminating act that echoes and builds on numerous historical precedents.

We know, if we don’t deny the science, that climate change threatens us all, that a single nuclear bomb could push climate change well past the point of no return (if we aren’t there already), that several read more

The Conference to Save the Environment

To my knowledge, and I very, very much hope I am wrong, this upcoming conference will be the very first environmental conference in the United States to take on the single gravest threat to the world’s natural environment and to the natural environment right here within the United States. May many more conferences and actions follow!

With some drugs, we have learned that we must take on the demand as well as the supply, and that we must treat that demand as an illness when harmful. Not so read more

Are Governments Useless?

Useless! Useless!
Heavy rain driving
Into the sea.
–Jack Kerouac

Talking with people who are fed up, and especially with people who are trying to do something about it, one increasingly runs into the statement that the (U.S.) government is useless, the government won’t help us, we must help ourselves. And not only that, but the government is rotten to the core, irredeemable, systematically and hopelessly and essentially evil.

And of course this is basically true. The question is what read more

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 hostility make up the filter through which much of the other 96% of humanity experiences this 4%. The U.S. Congress chooses how to spend a great deal of money each year, read more

I hope to see yall at these upcoming awesome events

September 9: Washington, D.C.

That’s this Saturday in DC on a 1 p.m. panel on ending permanent war, with Medea Benjamin and Lee Camp.

September 13: George Mason University

That’s next Wednesday in Fairfax, Va., on ending racism and war!

September 17: (boating not speaking) Flotilla to the Pentagon

Grab your kayak! Or don’t — we’ve got plenty. Just sign up to use one!

September 21: University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn.

My favorite kind of event: a debate on war read more

I will debate the justness of wars at the University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Newman Center peacefully invites you to:

A PEACEFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT WAR
In Recognition of U.N. International Day of Peace – see InternationalDayofPeace.org
Thursday, September 21, 2017
6 pm until 830 pm

Featuring:
David Swanson, internationally recognized antiwar activist – see WorldBeyondWar.org
Ronald Granieri, internationally recognized US foreign policy expert – see FPRI.org

Moderator: Dcn. William Senft, Penn Newman Center

All in the Penn community are invited to read more

I’ll Be Speaking at George Mason University on Ending Racism and War

“What It Would Take to End Racism and War”

The School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution invites you to come for a discussion on Wednesday, September 13, at 1:30PM at the Georges Room in the Johnson Center. This event is open to the public.

David Swanson, author, activist, Charlottesville resident, director of World Beyond War, and former board member of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice will speak on the state of the struggles against racism and militarism and how the two read more