You Cannot Begin a Crime in Good Faith

Remarks at Democracy Convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 5, 2017

This morning we handed out flyers on Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul. We encountered very few who knew why it is called that. Frank Kellogg was a hero in the sense that a whistleblower is a hero. He was a Secretary of State who had nothing but contempt for peace activism, until peace activism became too powerful, too mainstream, too irresistible. Then Kellogg changed his view, helped create the Kellogg-Briand Pact, and as Scott Shapiro read more

Join Me and Kathy Kelly in Chicago on the 87th Anniversary of Kellogg-Briand Pact

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Here’s a webpage. Here’s a flyer.   Here’s the book I wrote that alerted people to the Kellogg-Briand Pact and the Chicago activist who made it happen and put forward, with others, a vision that could help us actually eliminate war: http://davidswanson.org/outlawry  In that book I advocated celebrating August 27. St Paul, Minn., has taken that up. There’s an event this year in Albuquerque. But I’ll be at the third-annual award ceremony for a related essay contest created by Frank Goetz and others in Chicago.   And if you can’t be there, you can organize your own event to mark the day evoked in “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” when nations said they’d never fight again (ask me to help!).  The Kellogg-Briand Pact bans all war, is acknowledged as in force by the U.S. State Dept on its website — and by the Pentagon just last month in its new publication.

We have a long way to go to end war, and one way is to learn from the model of Kathy Kelly’s work. Join me and her in Chicago where Outlawry of War was born.

And make sure you’re part of World Beyond War.

This is the Israeli Military Calling: Civilizing War Has Failed

Probably the biggest news story of 1928 was the war-making nations of the world coming together on August 27th and legally outlawing war.  It’s a story that’s not told in our history books, but it’s not secret CIA history.  There was no CIA.  There was virtually no weapons industry as we know it.  There weren’t two political parties in the United States uniting in support of war after war.  In fact, the four biggest political parties in the United read more

Frank Kellogg's Peace Treaty

We’ve collectively forgotten what was probably the single biggest news story of 1928.  It is little known and even less appreciated that the United States is party to a treaty that bans all war. This treaty, known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact, or the Peace Pact, or the Renunciation of War, is listed on the U.S. State Department’s website as in force. The Pact reads:

“The High Contracting Parties solemly [sic] declare in the names of their respective peoples that they condemn read more

A Built-In Cure for War

Erin Niemela’s recent proposal that we amend the Constitution to ban war is provocative and persuasive.  Count me in.  But I have a related idea that I think should be tried first.

While banning war is just what the world ordered, it has about it something of the whole Bush-Cheney ordeal during which we spent years trying to persuade Congress to ban torture.  By no means do I want to be counted among those opposed to banning torture.  But read more

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