Apocalypse Given a Bad Rap By Liberal Media, by David Swanson

Apocalypse ... ?

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 23, 2022
May 25, 2022

Public support for the obliteration of all life on Earth is growing despite every effort of the corrupt liberal media.

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The Answer to the Latest Greedy War Spending Should Not Be Greed, by David Swanson

Greed

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 20, 2022
May 21, 2022

I know I should consider myself lucky to have located anybody at all in the United States who opposes the latest $40 billion “for Ukraine.” But from both the right and the left, those who oppose it almost universally express resentment of spending money “on Ukraine” instead of keeping that money in the US of A or spending it on “Americans.”

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The Falseness of Declaring the United States to be the Richest Nation, by David Swanson

Ways of Thinking - Feudalism is very much alive

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 13, 2022
May 16, 2022

“In the richest country in the world, it’s an injustice that millions of people lack basic health care,” said Sen. Ed Markey.

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The Dis-United States, by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2022

[Note to DS readers: Please check out the links on 7 of the 8 maps for “take action” or for more info. ~DS]

A map of the U.S. states that might serve as safe havens for abortion rights . . .

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The Poor People’s Campaign Pushes War Propaganda, by David Swanson

The 3% Plan to End Starvation

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, May 1, 2022
May 2, 2022

The madness of militarism is a collective madness. Nobody catches it from a single exposure. The repetition that makes anything else unthinkable makes the insane acceptable — and not just acceptable but righteous.

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Save Sinjajevina From Becoming a Military Training Ground, by David Swanson + Milan Sekulović on Saving a Mountain in Montenegro

Save Sinjajevina From Becoming a Military Training Ground, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 31, 2022
April 3, 2022

Across the Adriatic from Bari in Southern Italy sits the tiny, largely rural and mountainous, and exquisitely beautiful nation of Montenegro. At its center is a huge mountainous plateau called Sinjajevina — one of the most wonderfully non-“developed” places in Europe.

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OMG, War Is Kind of Horrible, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 14, 2022
March 17, 2022

For decades, the U.S. public seemed largely indifferent to most of the horrible suffering of war. The corporate media outlets mostly avoided it, made war look like a video game, occasionally mentioned suffering U.S. troops, and once in a blue moon touched on the deaths of a handful of local civilians as if their killing were some sort of aberration. The U.S. public funded and either cheered for or tolerated years and years of bloody wars, and came out managing to believe falsely that a large percentage of war deaths are of troops, that a large percentage of war deaths in U.S. wars are U.S. troops, that wars happen in a mysterious place called a “battlefield,” and that with rare exceptions the people killed by U.S. troops are people who need killing exactly like those given death sentences in U.S. courts (except for the ones later exonerated).

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30 Nonviolent Things Russia Could Have Done and 30 Nonviolent Things Ukraine Could Do, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 15, 2022
March 16, 2022

The war-or-nothing disease has a firm grip. People literally can’t imagine anything else — people on both sides of the same war.

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Debate: Can War Ever Be Justified? Mark Welton vs. David Swanson

End war

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 24, 2022

This debate was held online on February 23, 2022, and was co-sponsored by World BEYOND War Central Florida and Veterans For Peace Chapter 136 The Villages, FL. The debaters were:

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Smedley Butler Wasn’t Kidding, by David Swanson

War is a racket - Smedley Butler

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 4, 2022

Smedley Butler is generally left out of U.S. history. If you bring up a guy who prevented a Wall Street coup against FDR, you do real damage to the tale of peaceful respect for government from the beginning of time up through January 6, 2021. If you mention the scandal that erupted when he recounted how Mussolini had run over a little girl with his car, it’s hard to leave out the U.S. government’s friendly relations with Mussolini.

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To Send Weapons and Troops to Ukraine You’d Have to Be a Stupid Son of a Biden, by David Swanson

No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
January 25, 2022

Have yall learned absolutely nothing?

The U.S. government’s internal memos said that the only way to get Iraq to use its weapons if it even had any would be to attack it. The U.S. government’s public statements were that Iraq certainly had weapons and therefore must be attacked. The U.S. government itself had every single one of the weapons in question, and knew Iraq used to have some of them because the U.S. had provided them.

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David Swanson and Charles Lenchner: Refusing Military “Service”

Don't Enlist - Resist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Jan. 4, 2022
January 5, 2022

This week on Talk World Radio we’re talking about refusing military “service.” Our guest Charles Lenchner is a veteran peace activist, organizer, and political campaigner. Born in the United States, he grew up in Israel where he became an anti-occupation activist at a young age. In 1987, he was drafted into the Israeli Army and subsequently refused orders and spent time in military prison. More recently he was a co-founder of People for Bernie Sanders and today is part of the RootsAction team that publishes ProgressiveHub. I also work for RootsAction.

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The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft, by David Swanson

Repeal the U.S. Military Selective Service Act

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by David Swanson
Writers, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 19, 2021

Most U.S. states still have excuses when asked to make voter registration automatic, but in various states — including here in Virginia — draft registration is automatic even for 15-year-olds who want a learner’s permit to drive a car. (This is still only for males, as Congress did not, in the end, extend draft registration to females, at least until next year — once in a while Democrats’ obeisance to Republicans works out well.) The application for the learner’s permit in Virginia, for which you must be 15-and-a-half-years-old, says:
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Reflecting on the Dawn of Everything, by David Swanson

Dawn

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 30, 2021
December 1, 2021

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow is, I think, a terrific contribution to human knowledge and guide to pursuing more of the same — as well as a notable accomplishment for the Davids of the world, who have perhaps been falling a bit short lately. A few of the points it documents and persuades of are:

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