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David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 9th, 2012

Corporate Personhood Worse, Ending It Easier, Than You Think

Don't take it from me.  Take it from the book being published today that will mainstream the movement to end corporate personhood: "Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do, And What You Can Do About It," by Jeff Clements with foreword by Bill Moyers. Clements ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

January 6th, 2012

Why Not Attack Iran?

The push to attack Iran has been on for so long that entire categories of arguments for it (such as that the Iranians are fueling the Iraqi resistance) have come and gone. At DontAttackIran.org we've been collecting the arguments for and against attacking Iran for years. We've campaigned against an ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 31st, 2011

Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve

These were among the complaints registered the last time this nation had a king: "He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 27th, 2011

24 Items Not to Hoard

1. Toilet Paper. Instead of hoarding toilet paper for the coming disaster and anarchy that should never be out of your mind if you want to remain easily manipulable by cynical demagogues, invest in providing clean and accessible bathrooms for the homeless. This will radically improve the lives of millions ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 22nd, 2011

Prospects for Peace on Earth

This time of year is ideal for reflecting on the miracle of Christmas 1914, that famous temporary truce and friendship between opposing sides in the midst of a war. Here was a new type of slaughter confronted with a new type of humanism, the leading edges of two opposing trends. ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 16th, 2011

Set Your Doomsday Clock to 11:51

The National Defense Authorization Act is not a leap from democracy to tyranny, but it is another major step on a steady and accelerating decade-long march toward a police state. The doomsday clock of our republic just got noticeably closer to midnight, and the fact that almost nobody knows it, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 8th, 2011

Try Not to Think of a Newt

The current President and Congress are destroying our Constitutional rights, our planet's climate, and the vestiges of a social safety net, and you are obsessing over a freak show of self-hating homosexuals and anti-intellectual intellectuals jumping through hoops in a corporate media circus with Ringmaster Donald Trump. Is this a ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

December 4th, 2011

What to Replace the Imprison-Americans Bill With

The funny thing about the bill that the Senate just passed that lets presidents and the military lock you up without a charge or a trial — well, not funny ha ha but funny unusual — is that the basic bill to which that little monstrosity was attached is even ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 30th, 2011

Occupation Evicted? Occupy the Place Responsible: DC

Has the First Amendment expired in your public square?  Has your local park prioritized empty vistas over the right to petition your government for a redress of grievances, thereby adding one more grievance to the list? Here's a proposal.  Pack up all of your grievances in a bag and bring ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 18th, 2011

I'm Thankful for Occupy

I'm thankful that a growing number of us reject the idea of a mysterious being to which we should be thankful, and for the concomitant growing assumption of responsibility for our own fate. I'm thankful that there are so many people doing so many things for which I am thankful. ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 15th, 2011

One Veteran's Rough Path from Killing and Torturing to Peace

Not yet 30, Evan Knappenberger has already lived several lives.  His story destroys the U.S. government's case against whistleblower Bradley Manning, exposes the toxic mix of fraud and incompetence that creates U.S. war policies, and highlights the damage so often done to soldiers who come home without visible injuries. Knappenberger, ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 8th, 2011

Fahrenheit 11-11-11

Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan.  This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 6th, 2011

Imagine If War Were Illegal — It Is!

A Forgotten Law We Need In January 1929 the U.S. Senate ratified by a vote of 85 to 1 a treaty that is still on the books, still upheld by most of the world, still listed on the U.S. State Department's website -- a treaty that under Article VI of ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 25th, 2011

US Army Assaults Its Biggest Fan

One of the most valuable benefits of putting political action into the form of nonviolent encampments is that we learn each other's stories as we occupy our public parks and squares. Here's a story from the October2011 occupation in Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C. There are many more, and we'd like ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 13th, 2011

Occupied -- What Now?

Thanks in large part to the New York and national corporate media a massive campaign to shift power away from giant corporations and into the hands of the people is now afoot all across this continent. It was inspired by peoples' nonviolent uprisings in other countries and sparked by courageous ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 8th, 2011

Pepper-Sprayed for Peace

I've been coughing and vomiting, and my head aches from pepper spray. Video from what happened is below. We intended to hold signs and sing inside the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, protesting its promotion of unmanned drones, missiles, and bombs, including its sponsorship by and promotion of weapons corporations.  We ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

October 4th, 2011

Rebuild the Dream in the Streets

Remarks at Take Back the Dream conference, October 3, 2011.For videos of this speech and of remarks by Derrick Crowe and Jo Comerford click here: http://warisacrime.org/content/rebuild-dream-streets Back around May or June a bunch of us announced plans for this coming Thursday, October 6th, to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 28th, 2011

The Danger of Simplicity

I sat down during a lengthy protest occupation to play a game of chess, but my friend was better than I am. So, halfway through the match, I said to him, "What's your one move?" He didn't know what I meant. "What's your one winning move," I said, "and which ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 26th, 2011

When the World Outlawed War

Remarks at Lynchburg College on September 26, 2011 I'd like to thank Dave Freier for inviting me, and all of you for being here.  I think I was invited to speak about my most recent book, War Is A Lie, but I asked Professor Freier if it would be all ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 20th, 2011

There Must Be 50 Ways to Leave the Military Industrial Complex

And we heard all of them from two dozen brilliant speakers during a three-day conference this past weekend.  If you missed it, the video is all online.  So is the text of many of the papers presented. Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite: "Let's say we want ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

September 2nd, 2011

I Just Found 29 Million Jobs

No, not 29 million job offers. I'm no better at applying for jobs than you are, and my town offers nothing but dead-end McJobs or positions in the military industrial complex, just like yours. I mean I just spotted an easy way to create 29 million jobs, one for every ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

August 31st, 2011

US or the War Machine

An upcoming Charlottesville conference highlights the importance of whistleblowers when addressing the corruption present in military contracting By David Swanson, Guest Viewpoint on August 31, 2011, Cavalier Daily Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse YOU MAY have heard something about a budget crisis in Washington this summer. Were you aware that in the ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

August 27th, 2011

Drowning Government in a Hurricane (Why Wait for a Bathtub?)

"Shrinking government" in American political discourse has, for decades now, meant the following. We enlarge the government's budget through taxation and penalties on working people and through borrowing and printing money. We not only tax the wealthy and corporations less, but we massively subsidize them with public funds. We move ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

August 12th, 2011

The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family

Two blocks from my house in a nondescript little building on the edge of our residential neighborhood is an office with a small sign reading "DVBIC of Charlottesville" which turns out to mean "Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center." Now, I'm in favor of caring for people with brain injuries.  ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

August 9th, 2011

Military Industrial Complex at 50 - A National Conference in Charlottesville, Va.

A Conference on Moving Money from the Military to Human Needs -- http://micat50cville.org Reserve your spot to attend this conference now!  The fees increase after September 1st: Register. Over 20 speakers will lead the discussion, planning, and organizing.  Speakers will include retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, author Bruce Levine, retired ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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