Tag: David Swanson

War: Legal to Criminal and Back Again

Speech – David Swanson Remarks in Chicago on the 87th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, August 27, 2015.War: Legal to Criminal and Back Again By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/4891 Remarks in Chicago on the 87th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, August 27, 2015. Thank you very much for inviting me here and thank you to Kathy Kelly for everything she does and thank you to Frank Goetz and everyone involved in creating this essay contest and keeping it going. This contest is far and away the best thing that has come out of my book When the World Outlawed War. I proposed making August 27th a holiday everywhere, and that hasn’t yet happened, but it’s begun. The city of St. Paul, Minnesota, has done it. Frank Kellogg, for whom the Kellogg-Briand Pact is named, was from there. A group in Albuquerque is holding an event today, as are groups in other cities today and in recent years. A Congress member has recognized the occasion in the Congressional Record. But the responses offered to some of the essays from various readers and included in the booklet are typical, and their failings should not reflect poorly on the essays. Virtually everyone has no idea that there is a law on the books banning all war. And when a person finds out, he or she typically takes no more than a few minutes...

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Panem et Presidential Elections

Article – David Swanson I know you like the elephants and the acrobats, but we really do not have time for this.Panem et Presidential Elections By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/4840 I know you like the elephants and the acrobats, but we really do not have time for this. The U.S. presidential election is very far away. There’s a measurable rise in the ocean, the construction of numerous new military bases, a decision on peace or war with Iran, a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, intense antagonization of Russia, and more than likely another month-long bombing of Gaza between now and then. We should be engaged in intense, all-out, creative, nonviolent resistance. We should be reforming or revolutionizing the election process, among much else. Even when elections have not been financed and reported on primarily by a wealthy elite with debates run by two parties, they haven’t tended to be the means by which important social change has come. We need radical change, and the election process isn’t even advertising it. One of the chief sources of U.S. election funding, Sheldon Adelson, dismisses the idea of democracy because it’s not in the Bible. And of course Adelson is up-to-date compared with some of the people he funds. At least 32 Republicans are running, apparently with a collective IQ that hardly reaches three figures. For them I’d be willing to revive the...

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Fast Track the Good Stuff

Opinion – David Swanson Fast Track the Good Stuff By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/4747 The U.S. Senate has been very concerned not to let peace with Iran slip into place too easily, even while a new war in Iraq and Syria proceeds without the formal pretense …Fast Track the Good Stuff By David Swanson http://davidswanson.org/node/4747 The U.S. Senate has been very concerned not to let peace with Iran slip into place too easily, even while a new war in Iraq and Syria proceeds without the formal pretense of Congress “authorizing” or rejecting it. Both houses of Congress are interested in ramming through the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) on a fast track. The fast track procedure of rushing things through Congress or creating them without Congress seems to be reserved for the least popular ideas our government produces. What if, instead, a fast track were set up for those items favored by a vast majority of the public, or required for the future habitability of the planet, but which meet resistance from campaign funders, lobbyists, and the corporate media? Of course I’d rather have clean elections and a publicly accountable Congress if we can’t have public initiatives and direct democracy. But in the absence of such utopias, why not use extreme anti-democratic measures to ram through the things people want rather than the things we’d protest if we found out about them?...

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The Decline and Fall of the United States | David Swanson

Opinion – David Swanson After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases … The Decline and Fall of the United States By David Swanson – April 21st, 2015 http://davidswanson.org/node/4733 Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. –Robert Frost After a speech I gave this past weekend, a young woman asked me whether a failure by the United States to properly surround and intimidate China might result in instability. I explained why I thought the opposite was true. Imagine if China had military bases along the Canadian and Mexican borders with the United States and ships in Bermuda and the Bahamas, Nova Scotia and Vancouver. Would you feel stabilized? Or might you feel something else? The U.S. empire can continue to see itself as a force for good, doing things that would be unacceptable for anyone else but never to be questioned when performed by the global cop —...

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Talk Nation Radio: Margaret Flowers on Stopping the TPP

Article – David Swanson Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who currently serves as co-director of PopularResistance.org and is co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio. She has been fighting to stop fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than three years. We … Talk Nation Radio: Margaret Flowers on Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership http://davidswanson.org/node/4706 Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who currently serves as co-director of PopularResistance.org and is co-host of Clearing the FOG Radio. She has been fighting to stop fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership for more than three years. We discuss upcoming efforts to block passage of the TPP. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197552181″] Total run time: 29:00 Host: David Swanson. Producer: David Swanson. Music by Duke Ellington. Download from Archive or LetsTryDemocracy. Pacifica stations can also download from AudioPort. Syndicated by Pacifica Network. Please encourage your local radio stations to carry this program every week! Past Talk Nation Radio shows are all available free and complete at http://TalkNationRadio.org and at https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/tracks ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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