A Unified Theory of War and Taxes

If you hate taxes but dutifully cheer for wars, it’s lucky you also oppose school funding sufficient to produce historical literacy. Taxes are a byproduct of wars. Were it not for wars and war propaganda, this country would have never begun paying taxes. If we were to end wars, and only if we were to end wars, we could consider ending taxes too.

But wait! Wasn’t the war for independence a war against taxes? Aren’t taxes created by weakness, while militarism generates wealth? read more

Lockheed Loved Obama's Speech. Did You?

On Wednesday, President Obama gave a speech about the greatest danger facing us.  Wars?  Environmental collapse?  Joblessness?  Homelessness?  No, the federal deficit.  With two years left on the job, Obama proposed a 12-year plan to fix the deficit that won’t fix the deficit.  And how did he propose to fail at this misbegotten task?  The President proposed to end no wars, make no serious cuts to the military, tax no estates or investments, raise no read more

A Twelve Year Plan From a Guy With Two Left

Obama’s speech on the deficit on Wednesday was a flop. He proposed to end no wars, make no serious cuts to the military, REDUCE corporate taxes, tax no estates or investments, raise no taxes on any billionaires, and give an unelected commission the power to slash Medicare.

Obama began by blaming tax cuts, wars, and healthcare:

“[A]fter Democrats and Republicans committed to fiscal discipline during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed. We increased spending dramatically read more

Public Says Cut Military, Obama Says Increase It

By David Swanson

Did you know that the U.S. public wants military spending cut? Did you know that President Barack Obama wants to increase it for his third year in a row? Actually I already know that most of you didn’t know either of these things.

A poll released on Tuesday and in line with other polling over the years asked: “To ensure read more

Vancouver: Liquid City

When they schedule the olympics in a city, the city usually schedules a massive international advertising campaign for its greatness as “the best place on earth,” which is actually the brilliant and oh-so-convincing motto selected by Vancouver, Canada, next host of the winter olympics. That we will learn a great deal about Vancouver from watching the olympics is placed in more doubt than usual by the fact that Canada arrested American journalist Amy Goodman at the border based purely read more

Dangerous People Needed

By David Swanson

“Glaubt es mir – das Geheimnis, um die größte Fruchtbarkeit und den größten Genuß vom Dasein einzuernten, heisst: gefährlich leben.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

On Thursday night I had the privilege of viewing a premier of a film together with its star. The theater was in the U.S. Capitol, and the film was “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers” ( http://www.mostdangerousman.org read more