Author Archives: DavidSwanson

Don’t Give a Damn About the TPP? You’re Going to Wish It Gave a Damn About You.

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Try this at home. Dress up corporate. Stand on a corner with a clipboard. Hover a drone with a video camera nearby. Ask passersby: 1. Who’s in the Super Bowl? 2. Who should be … Continue reading

3 Comments

The Super Bowl Promotes War

By David Swanson, teleSUR Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars that most … Continue reading

4 Comments

Bankers, Preachers, and Fear of President Sanders

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new war in Libya, more war in Syria, permanent war in Afghanistan, climate change crashing over the cliff — these and other immediate disasters are pursued with one hand, while the magician’s other hand distracts us … Continue reading

8 Comments

Talk Nation Radio: Patrick Hiller on Discoveries Made by Peace Science

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-patrick-hiller-on-discoveries-made-by-peace-science Patrick Hiller is the Executive Director of the War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation and teaches in the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. As a Peace Scientist, his writings and research are almost exclusively … Continue reading

Leave a comment

What Does a Progressive Budget Look Like?

A Proposal from World Beyond War David Swanson, Director http://WorldBeyondWar.org The Congressional Progressive Caucus has requested budget proposals from organizations and members of the public. Here is a friendly suggestion from World Beyond War. Last year’s Congressional Progressive Caucus budget … Continue reading

1 Comment

It’s Hard Not to Be Sexist in Iowa

No, the cornfields are not full of dumb blondes (except when Fox News shows up), but it truly is hard not to be sexist in Iowa. For example, I think it’s reprehensible to take tens of millions of dollars from … Continue reading

2 Comments

Jill Stein’s Platform More Viable Than Bernie’s

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people … Continue reading

27 Comments

Turning Trauma into the Abolition of War

“I was sleeping peacefully late one night when I felt someone grab my leg and drag me from my bed onto the floor. My leg was pulled so hard I heard my pajama pants rip down the middle. Looking up … Continue reading

2 Comments

Did Oregon Militants At Least Save the Constitution?

The Oregon tragi-comedy has left one dead, one injured, six arrested, some guys in Michigan trying to fix a water system with their guns, and millions of Americans deprived of intelligent television content for weeks. I know that people outside … Continue reading

4 Comments

Talk Nation Radio: Bill Fletcher Jr. on Justice for the People of Western Sahara

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-bill-fletcher-jr-on-justice-for-the-people-of-western-sahara Bill Fletcher Jr. has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; … Continue reading

1 Comment

How the Supreme Court Could Legalize Direct Bribery: An Innocent Behind Bars, A Guilty Man Free

By David Swanson, Telesur A recent bribery conviction may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court further corrupting the U.S. political system. How does one even get convicted of bribery in a system that has legalized it to the extent that … Continue reading

8 Comments

Bernie v. Media

Originally published by American Herald Tribune Major corporate media outlets in the United States are reporting on a new viability for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, based on his rise in the polls nationally and in Iowa and New Hampshire — … Continue reading

22 Comments

If a Social Movement Falls Outside of the Media, Are Any Lives Improved?

When We Fight We Win! is the overly violent and overly optimistic title of a very good new book about recent nonviolent social struggles in the United States for LGBTQ rights, immigrants rights, economic justice, public education, a sustainable environment, … Continue reading

2 Comments

Patrick Henry’s Liberty and Obama’s Climate Action

Mainstream acceptable heroes now and lasting long into the future have in common perfect understanding of what should be done, fraudulent pretenses of doing it, and calculating weakness as the true driver of their actions. Exhibit one from nearby here … Continue reading

6 Comments

Hillary, Hypocrisy, and Healthcare

In a video from February 2008, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton passionately denounces candidate Barack Obama for criticizing her healthcare plan and daring to “discredit universal healthcare.” “Since when do Democrats attack each other on universal healthcare?!” Clinton exclaims. Check out … Continue reading

2 Comments

A Homeland Is a Country That Allows Domestic Use of Military

Have you seen Dahr Jamail’s report on U.S. military plans for war games in Washington state? I’m sure some observers imagine that the military is simply looking for a place to engage in safe and responsible and needed practice in … Continue reading

5 Comments

Talk Nation Radio: Cynthia McKinney’s Real State of the Union

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-cynthia-mckinneys-real-state-of-the-union Cynthia McKinney has served in the Georgia State Legislature and the United States Congress where she voted against NAFTA, opposed the war on Iraq, and introduced the first resolution for the impeachment of George W. Bush. She didn’t … Continue reading

5 Comments

Guess Where Huge Funds for Fighting Climate Change Are Being Wasted

In the United States it’s not actually difficult to find significant funding with which to research new and innovative — not to say bizarre and absurd — pursuits, as long as they form part of an overall project of mass … Continue reading

20 Comments

Berning Down Wall Street

I don’t know where this will end but every time I write about a book on Bernie Sanders, somebody sends me a larger one. At least my arms are getting stronger from lifting the things. One point is clear to … Continue reading

10 Comments

Cities of the World, Unite Against Nations’ Wars

What if the very worst result of George W. Bush’s war lies is that people stop taking seriously the danger of actual nuclear weapons actually falling into the hands of actual lunatics? Arguably the very worst result of Woodrow Wilson’s … Continue reading

3 Comments