David Swanson: War Is A Lie

Stop War March against US military actions in Yemen and Pakistan in Minneapolis on February 11, 2010

Image by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 1, 2019

Lois Lindstrom on Jun 29, 2019

War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good.


David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Support David’s work.

from the archives:

Boycott America! by Bruce Gagnon

Americans Pay Price for Criminal Wars From Mass Shootings at Home by Finian Cunningham

Memorial Day Myths by David Swanson

U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1 by David Swanson

David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

Exceptionally Innocent by David Swanson

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo (repost)

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo

4 thoughts on “David Swanson: War Is A Lie

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  3. These are great videos. I’ve bookmarked this page, so I can cite it whenever the topic comes up.

    David Swanson is our greatest writer against war. He is brilliantly knowledgeable and insightful.

    Nevertheless, I have to question one point of his.

    He says that we can end different evils separately; we don’t have to end one to end another. In particular, he says we can end war even without ending capitalism. I have my doubts about that. I think that’s like saying we can end the symptom of an underlying disease without ending the underlying disease.’

    Think about what it MEANS to designate some material objects as “private property.” It means my well being is separate from yours, and I need not concern myself about you. It means your loss is not my loss, and might even be my gain. I think that such an attitude is necessary for war, and such an attitude makes war inevitable. It also makes poverty and other cruelties inevitable. And it makes inevitable a disregard for the commons. We now have at stake more than just war killing a lot of people: Ecocide will soon kill ALL of us, unless we make enormous changes in our way of life.

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