Beef Scam Tease: The Best Positions in U.S. Politics Are Always the Fake Ones

The only positions I ever get excited about in U.S. politics are the ones that Republicans pretend Democrats hold.

The beef one is no exception.

Lately, Republicans have been pretending not just that Democrats want the usual array of things I wish someone would actually act to institute (a guaranteed income, a decent minimum wage, single-payer healthcare, a Green New Deal, a major shift to progressive taxation, defunding militarism, making college free, etc.) — THE HORROR OF IT! — but read more

Mapping Militarism 2021

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, May 3, 2021

This year’s annual update to World BEYOND War’s Mapping Militarism project uses a completely new mapping system developed by our Technology Director Marc Eliot Stein. We think it does a better job than ever of displaying the data of warmaking and peacemaking on maps of the world. And it makes use of new data reporting on the latest trends.

When you visit the Mapping Militarism site, you read more

Ground the Drones

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, May 2, 2021

There are a number of hurdles to clear before you can get people to support banning armed drones or surveillance drones. One is the existence of good drones. It seems silly, but it is the number one cause of failures to pass local resolutions against drones. Unlike some of the hurdles, this one is fact-based. It’s simple-minded, but fact-based. There really are drones for fire and rescue and science research and toys and lovers of technology read more

​Ten Years of RootsAction

Ten years ago, when was created to advance progressive politics online without fear or favor, various disastrous global trends (climate collapse, militarization, wealth concentration) were less advanced, but progressive activists in the United States lacked the proven tool for success that RootsAction has become, both for changing public policy and for shifting public discourse.

Ten years ago, progressive steps in Congress and state governments were far less common. The death penalty wasn’t on the way out. Automatic voter registration wasn’t on the way in. Talk of a Green New Deal was rare. Even progressive groups didn’t talk much about moving money from police and the military to human and environmental needs 10 years ago, apart from RootsAction.

As of April 4, 2021, RootsAction has been at work for 10 years. The successes we’ve led the way on read more

EcoAction, Bovine Feces, and 8 Things to Do

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, April 25, 2021

The Earth is dying. President Biden intends to ask various money lenders to put poor countries deeper into debt to help. OK. Better than nothing, right?

He also intends to spend $1.2 billion on climate aid to poor countries. Hey, that’s awesome, right? Imagine what kind of solar panels and new windows your house could have for $1.2 billion. Only problem, of course, is that the world is larger than one house, and just for perspective (not to read more

Aaaaaaand Charlottesville’s Statues Are Still Standing

It’s been so long since the Nazi rally here in Charlottesville that you can now search on Google images for “Charlottesville” and find some images that are not of that rally.

In fact, a lot has happened while the Lee and Jackson statues have stayed standing right where they always were.

They’ve been endlessly vandalized and cleaned.

The parks they are in have been re-named.

The city has declared that it will move another obnoxious statue (one of Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea) read more