David Swanson: An Actual Break with American Exceptionalism is not on the Agenda of Trump or his Advisors

Chicago Anti-War Protest

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
August 1, 2018

RT on Aug 1, 2018

On this edition of CrossTalk we consider only one question: Is Donald Trump’s “America First” policy in contradiction to the Washington Consensus idea of American Exceptionalism? The answer to this question will likely define Trump’s presidency and change the world in the process.

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New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson + Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference + Debate: Glenn Greenwald VS Joe Cirincione

The Intelligence Community is Neither by David Swanson + Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference + Debate: Glenn Greenwald VS Joe Cirincione

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 18, 2018

At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom!

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Russiagate is not Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was not Pearl Harbor, and Pearl Harbor was not Pearl Harbor by David Swanson

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 17, 2018

The unproven allegation that the Russian government helped us find out how the DNC was screwing Bernie Sanders with his pants on is not actually a moral, legal, or practical reason to launch a spree of mass-killing of innocents, which is what every war since WWII has been.

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Ban Tear Gas Entirely! by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 3, 2018
July 14, 2018

Tear gas is among the least of the problems facing those who care about the murder and destruction of war. But it is a major element in the militarization of local policing. In fact, it is widely deemed illegal in war, but legal in non-war (although what written law actually creates that loophole is unclear).

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Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State by David Swanson

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surrveillance 2

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 6, 2018

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.

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Chris Hedges and Seymour Hersh: A Quest For Truth + The World According to Seymour Hersh by David Swanson

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Dandelion Salad

Updated: July 2, 2018

with Chris Hedges

RT America on June 30, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Seymour M. Hersh discusses the quest for truth with host, Chris Hedges.

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Underestimating The U.S. Military Budget, Altruism and Sadism by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 25, 2018

There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

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Why Are the Poor Patriotic? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 15, 2018
June 20, 2018

We should be very grateful to Francesco Duina for his new book, Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. He begins with the following dilemma. The poor in the United States are in many ways worse off than in other wealthy countries, but they are more patriotic than are the poor in those other countries and even more patriotic than are wealthier people in their own country. Their country is (among wealthy countries) tops in inequality, and bottoms in social support, and yet they overwhelmingly believe that the United States is “fundamentally better than other countries.” Why?

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Let’s Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea by David Swanson + Can North Korea Believe Trump’s Promises?

Let’s Continue Progress Toward Peace in Korea by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 13, 2018

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with “fire and fury.”

Today such threats are completely absent from his remarks and tweets.

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Memorial Day Myths by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 30, 2018

“Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of their service and sacrifice that we live in the most free and prosperous nation on Earth.” —Congressman Tom Garrett

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Possible New War Opponents by David Swanson

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

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 20, 2018

For those of us who fully expected most U.S. peace activists to vanish once Barack Obama became president but expected them to come back once Donald Trump ascended the throne, the failure of our second expectation has been hard, crushingly hard. But there are a few silver linings.

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David Swanson: How American Exceptionalism Is Exploited to Justify War + How Suzy Hansen Lost Her U.S. Exceptionalism

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 10, 2018

TheRealNews on May 9, 2018

Writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism, with TRNN’s Ben Norton, exploring how American nationalism and the myth of US superiority is used to justify hyper-militarism and capitalist oppression.

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David Swanson: Debunking the Myth of American Exceptionalism + The Day DC Was Bombed

American Exceptionalism Exceptions

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 20, 2018

TheRealNews on Apr 19, 2018

Anti-war writer and activist David Swanson discusses his new book Curing Exceptionalism, and picks apart the chauvinistic idea that the United States of America is the greatest country on the planet.

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