You Have to Laugh

It’s often hard to report on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. It’s even harder to report on the usual reporting on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. So much of it is beyond the reach of parody. Yet it also opens up opportunities to shock people with basic facts.

The stock market going up is not a good thing. Wars don’t expand human rights. Loony newfangled schemes to give everyone healthcare and education have been tried for many decades in many read more

Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem

By David Swanson, Executive Director of World BEYOND War

Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause โ€” defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth โ€” combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.

This is a demonstration read more

Why This Election Is Different

Elections, I think most of us can agree, usually bring out the idiocy, superficiality, and illogic in everyone who can muster any. Imagine supporting, as many did, Sanders and then Trump because they were both “outsiders.” On Tuesday, I heard somebody on CNN announce that Sanders and Klobuchar were both “change candidates” (because you’d have to change every bit of the platform of one of them to match that of the other?). Tokenism no longer embarrasses voters or even read more

I’ll Be Speaking in Florence, Italy on April 25, 2020

I’ll be speaking in Florence as part of a big peace conference.

9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

INVITO AL CONVEGNO DEL 25 APRILE

Caro Amico, cara Amica,

Dal 1945 ad oggi la guerra non รจ mai terminata. Al Secondo conflitto mondiale segue la Guerra fredda, quindi una serie ininterrotta di guerre e il ritorno a una situazione analoga a quella della Guerra fredda che accresce il rischio di un catastrofico conflitto nucleare.

La guerra, funzionale agli interessi delle élite economiche e finanziarie, continua read more

Pinkerism and Militarism Walk into a Room

Charles Kenny’s book, Close the Pentagon, has an endorsement from Steven Pinker despite wanting to close something that Pinker rarely acknowledges exists.

This is a book to answer the question: What if someone who believed that war was only committed by poor, dark, distant people, and had therefore almost vanished from the earth, were to encounter the U.S. military and the U.S. military budget?

The answer is basically a proposal to move the money from militarism to human and environmental read more

I’ll Be Speaking in Dallas on April 7

Flyer: PDF.

WHAT: David Swanson to speak on ending war

WHEN: 7 p.m. April 7, 2020

WHERE: Peace Chapel at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75235

SPONSORED BY: Dallas Peace and Justice Center, Pax Christi Dallas, Code Pink, and Veterans for Peace.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a  Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and was read more