WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Sept. 21, 2020
September 24, 2020

Excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would be old photographs of posters with Uncle Sam pointing his finger, saying “I want you to save the Jews!”

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Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished, by David Swanson

Free Julian Assange

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
September 18, 2020

1. The effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for journalism is a threat to future journalism that challenges power and violence, but a defense of the media practice of propagandizing for war. While the New York Times benefited from Assange’s work, its only reporting on his current hearing is an article about technical glitches in the court proceedings — utterly avoiding the content of those proceedings, even falsely suggesting that the content was inaudible and otherwise unobtainable. The corporate U.S. media silence is deafening. Not only does President Donald Trump’s effort to imprison Assange (or, as he has publicly advocated in the past, kill him) conflict with media fictions about Russia, and contradict fundamental pretenses about U.S. respect for freedom of the press, but it also serves an important function that is clearly in the interest of media outlets that promote wars. It punishes someone who dared to expose the malevolence, cynicism, and criminality of U.S. wars.

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David Swanson and Greta Zarro: How to Demilitarize Police

Montco Urban Assault Vehicle--Can someone tell me why Montgomery County (PA) needs a tank?

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 31, 2020
August 6, 2020

WorldBeyondWar.org on Jul 30, 2020

World BEYOND War’s David Swanson and Greta Zarro on how to start and win a campaign to ban militarized policing in your locality, anywhere on earth. We recently did this in Charlottesville, VA, U.S., and are now working with a number of cities to do the same.

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David Swanson, Alice Slater and Bruce Gagnon: Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 24, 2020

with Bruce Gagnon
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Organizing Notes
July 30, 2020

WorldBeyondWar.org on Jul 24, 2020

David Swanson, Alice Slater, and Bruce Gagnon discuss obstacles to nuclear abolition and the U.S.-Russia relationship.

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324 Congress Members Who Should Permanently Quarantine, by David Swanson

324 Congress Members Who Should Permanently Quarantine, by David Swanson

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Updated: Added a “Take Action” July 23, 2020

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 21, 2020
July 22, 2020

The U.S. House of Misrepresentatives on Tuesday voted 324 to 93 (with 13 not voting) to defeat a proposal to move a mere 10% of military spending to human, environmental, and health needs. The 324 people who voted the wrong way on this really should never show their faces in public again. Our society ought to shame them so deeply that they pick up and move to a country with healthcare and retirement and clean energy and a decent education system where they can discover what they’ve been depriving the United States of, as well as discover what they’ve been inflicting on the world. Certainly, nobody should ever vote to elect any of them again.

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The Democrats’ Disastrous, Militarist Climate Plan, by David Swanson

US Military Largest consumer of Oil -- 2014 People's Climate March NYC 89

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 5, 2020

The habitability of the earth and the viability of lesser evilism are on the ropes, and incrementalism is thriving even in the current moment of increased activism for radical change. Just take a look at the new “Climate Crisis Action Plan” from the Democratic Party’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

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The Russian Menace and the Dangers of Believing the New York Times, by David Swanson

Kremlin

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 28, 2020
June 29, 2020

The New York Times claims that Russia offered to pay Afghans to kill U.S. (and allied) troops. It does not claim that any payments were made. It does not claim that any troops were killed. It does not claim that any impact was had on anything. It does not name its sources. It does not offer any evidence other than the supposed assertions of nameless government officials. It does not offer any justification for not naming them. It does not provide the context of all the years the U.S. government spent arming and funding Afghans to kill Russians, nor all the more recent years during which the U.S. military has been both the enemy of the Taliban and its top funding source (or at least second to opium). It promotes the ridiculous and debunked Russiagate notion that Trump is too kind to Russia.

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The Good, the Potential, and What Might Happen, by David Swanson + Chris Smiley: Truth About The Uprising From A Leftist

George Floyd Protest in Washington, DC - May 30

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, June 5, 2020
June 7, 2020

Already we’ve seen, as a result of people taking to the streets in the United States:
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The Top Driving Force Behind Wars Is The War Industry, by David Swanson

Understanding the War Industry by Christian Sorensen

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 29, 2020

I’m adding Christian Sorensen’s new book, Understanding the War Industry, to the list of books I think will convince you to help abolish war and militaries. See the list below.

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

The Intensity of PTSD

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally posted May 26, 2019
May 24, 2020

The U.S. Army tweeted a harmless rah-rah tweet and got hit with a burst of reality never encountered on corporate-controlled media. Score one for the internet.

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Do Not Meet With Mike Pence, Go to Jail, or Join the Military, by David Swanson

resist don't enlist

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 12, 2020

We don’t know what the long-term damage is of coronavirus in those who recover. We don’t know who will die among those who catch it. We do know that we each have a responsibility to avoid catching it and avoid spreading it. Here are some ways to do that.

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David Swanson: Free Ourselves From the Virus of War

No War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 26, 2020, recorded on Mar. 27, 2020
May 5, 2020

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the video and text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will post it at worldbeyondwar.org. The video aired on April 25 on PandoraTV and on ByoBlu. Details on the full conference are here.

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HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

"HR 6415: The Dumbest Idea in Congress + Now Do You See How Evil They Are? by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Apr. 20, 2020
April 22, 2020

I know it’s stiff competition, but hear me out.

The threat of nuclear apocalypse is higher than ever. The threat of irreversible climate collapse is higher than ever and massively contributed to by militarism. The trillions of dollars being dumped into militarism are desperately needed for actual defense against these dangers including spin-off catastrophes like coronavirus. But military jobs and weapons production jobs (producing weapons for dictatorships and so-called democracies around the world; the U.S. handles 80% of the globe’s foreign weapons sales) are being deemed “essential” and actually being boosted with more funding.

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Top 10 Reasons the U.S. Government Is Blowing This, by David Swanson

Coronavirus graffiti, Leake Street

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Mar. 15, 2020
March 17, 2020

10. Recognizing that a problem that has grown severe in other countries could grow severe in the United States would require thinking of the United States as existing in the same world, susceptible to the same forces, as everyone else. A willingness to recognize that would have led to earlier action and wiser action more coordinated with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the United States is supposed to be exceptional.

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Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

Lee Camp’s New Book, Bullet Points and Punch Lines, reviewed by David Swanson + Lee Camp: CNBC Anchor Nearly Chokes On Air When Told The Truth

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
February 20, 2020

It’s often hard to report on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. It’s even harder to report on the usual reporting on U.S. politics and government with a straight face. So much of it is beyond the reach of parody. Yet it also opens up opportunities to shock people with basic facts.

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