What to Replace the Monroe Doctrine With

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, February 26, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

A major step could be taken by the U.S. government through the simple abolition of one little rhetorical practice: hypocrisy. You want to be part of a “rules-based order”? Then join one! There is one out there waiting for you, and Latin America is leading it.

Of the United Nations’ 18 major human rights treaties, the United States is party read more

The People Over Pentagon Act Is An Act

There’s a bill in Congress, as there always is, called The People Over Pentagon Act, which would reduce military spending by $100 billion. Who the heck isn’t for that?! Everybody who’s got any sense has endorsed the thing, as they always do. Who wouldn’t? I don’t blame anybody in the least. Except the bill’s sponsors in Congress. I blame them. And not just because they want to cut $100 billion from whatever the military budget may be, while that budget has risen read more

Pentagon Discusses Sending Troops into Ukraine War


Yes, Sir?

What is your hesitation regarding this deployment?

I have 3,623 hesitations, Sir!

You have what?

I surveyed the troops, Sir.


And that’s how many of them are racist, or prejudiced toward the LGBT community, and I do not believe I would feel comfortable deploying with them. I believe it would, in fact, harm the cause of war to share a deployment with them, Sir!

You wouldn’t feel fucking comfortable, Johnson? If we bring you a goddamned teddy bear would that help? Peters, read more

Nations’ Governments Need Unarmed Defense Plans

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, February 22, 2023

It’s quite a high hurdle to appeal to a country that’s been militarily invaded — after decades of military defense (and offense) preparations and the accompanying cultural indoctrination in the supposed necessity of military defense — to appeal to said country to construct on-the-fly an unarmed civilian defense plan and act on it despite near-universal lack of training or even comprehension.

We’re finding it to be a high hurdle just read more

Latin America Is Working to End the Monroe Doctrine

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, February 20, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

History seems to show some partial benefit to Latin America in moments when the United States was otherwise distracted, as by its Civil War and other wars. This is a moment right now in which the U.S. government is at least somewhat distracted by Ukraine and willing to purchase Venezuelan oil if it believes that contributes to hurting Russia. And read more