Author Archives: DavidSwanson

Three Centuries of U.S. Writing Against War

Every student of peace, sanity, or survival, every person interested in the possibility of the United States making its current wars its last seven wars, every believer in the value of wisdom and the written word should pick up a … Continue reading

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The Trump Doctrine

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Here’s a condensed version of Donald Trump’s recent speech that I’m considering offering on gold-ish plating for $19.98: Nationalism, World War II mythology, and militarism must go unquestioned. But when they’ve been used in … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: Peter Enns on How Public Punitiveness Led to Mass Incarceration

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-peter-enns-on-how-public-punitiveness-led-to-mass-incarceration Peter Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is also team leader of the Institute for Social Science theme project on … Continue reading

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What Is a Global Citizen, and Can it Save Us?

Headlines this past week claimed that for the first time ever more than half of poll respondents around the world said they saw themselves more as a global citizen than as a citizen of a country. What did they mean … Continue reading

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Psst. Slip This Onto Obama’s Teleprompter in Hiroshima

Thank you. Thank you for welcoming me to this hallowed ground, given meaning like the fields of Gettysburg by those who died here, far more than any speech can pretend to add. Those deaths, here and in Nagasaki, those hundreds … Continue reading

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A Pro- and Anti-War Dialogue

Anti-War Advocate: Is there a case that can be made for war? Pro-War Advocate: Well, yes. In a word: Hitler! Anti-War Advocate: Is “Hitler!” a case for future wars? Let me suggest some reasons why I think it isn’t. First, … Continue reading

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War Lies Talk in Oneonta NY with Q&A

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Talk Nation Radio: John Dear on Catholic Church Rejecting “Just War” Theory

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-dear-on-catholic-church-rejecting-just-war-theory After 1700 years, the Catholic Church is turning against the idea that there can be a “just war.” We speak with John Dear. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, pastor, retreat … Continue reading

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Their Mouths Are Moving, or How Can You Tell a Politician Is Lying About War?

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Someone asked me to find war lies during the past few years. Perhaps they had in mind the humanitarian pretenses around attacking Libya in 2011 and Iraq in 2014, or the false claims about … Continue reading

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Sue Saudi for 9/11 and U.S. for all its wars

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry say that allowing family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its complicity in that crime would set a terrible precedent that would … Continue reading

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Talk Nation Radio: John Hanrahan on Avaaz’s Warmongering

  https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-john-hanrahan-on-avaazs-warmongering John Hanrahan, currently on the editorial board of ExposeFacts, is a former executive director of The Fund for Investigative Journalism and reporter for  The Washington Post, The Washington Star, UPI and other news organizations. He also has extensive experience … Continue reading

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Guinness Book of Warmongering

My son left a 2015 Guinness Book of World Records lying around. It’s largely a mix of athletic feats, extravagant spending, freakish body conditions and diseases, and people who do dumb stuff in order to get into the book. It … Continue reading

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War Is A Lie — Seattle, April 15, 2016

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What’s the Truth Hidden by the “Super Predators” Lie?

The desire to punish for the joy of punishing, for revenge, or for racist or sadistic domination has always had certain difficulties hiding behind the pretense of punishing for protection from danger. Creating fear of (young, black, male) “super predators” … Continue reading

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The Habit of Thought That Made U.S. #1 in Prisons and Wars

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune Remarks prepared for April 12 event in Baltimore. I’m going to start with a few brief opening remarks about what I think is the habit of thought that has made the United States #1 … Continue reading

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Ten Revealing War Lies

By David Swanson, TeleSUR Remarks prepared for event in Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2016. Let’s look at ten revealing moments in the history of lying about wars to see what they tell us, and then I’ll be glad to … Continue reading

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Why Do Ethics Classes Fantasize About Murder So Much?

At a post-screening discussion where I questioned the director of Eye in the Sky about the disconnect between his drone-kill movie and reality, he launched into a bunch of thought-experiment stuff of the sort I’ve tried to avoid since finishing … Continue reading

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Oh Frack, President Obama

By David Swanson, American Herald Tribune A new film called Dear President Obama that is narrated by Mark Ruffalo begins very gently, sympathizing with President Obama’s supposed need to please his funders and corporate lobbyists. But the story it then … Continue reading

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Israeli War Lies Fall As Corporate Media Falls

A new film narrated by Roger Waters, The Occupation of the American Mind, traces the rise of Israeli war propaganda in the United States. This propaganda, which has skillfully swayed U.S. public opinion in support of Israeli wars and occupations, … Continue reading

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U.S. State Department: Don’t Hurt ISIS

So Many Enemies, So Little Logic By David Swanson, teleSUR The U.S. State Department does not want the government of Syria to defeat or weaken ISIS, at least not if doing so means any sort of gain for the Syrian … Continue reading

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