Abolishing Police and Abolishing Militaries

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, June 10, 2021

The similarities between the movement to abolish war and the movement to abolish police and prisons jump out at me anew when reading Mariame Kaba’s We Do This ‘Til We Free Us, which is about police and prison abolition. The book has a foreword by Naomi Murakawa that includes this:

“Police push millions of people into the criminal punishment system, where ant-Black death-dealing rises through each circle of hell. Black people comprise 13 read more

The Nuclear Danger Gone?

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, June 8, 2021

You can talk with perfectly intelligent, educated, well-rounded people in the United States who don’t happen to work on trying to save the world from war (this is one of the dangers of relaxing your social distancing, that you run into these people), and when you raise the topic of war they’ll sometimes mention how there used to be a Cold War and a danger of nuclear apocalypse “back in the 80s.”

Just a month ago in U.S.-media-created-reality read more

A World Beyond War or No World at All

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, June 7, 2021
Remarks on June 7, 2021, to North Texas Peace Advocates.

In a world beyond war, . . . death, injury, and trauma from violence would be radically reduced, homelessness and immigration driven by fear would be largely eliminated, environmental destruction would slow considerably, government secrecy would lose all justification, bigotry would take a huge setback, the world would gain over $2 trillion and the United States alone $1.25 trillion every year, read more

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Formula for National (In)Security

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A World at the Edge What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit? By

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed read more

Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, How to Make Money Off a Pandemic

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Let me do something I’ve seldom done in one of these introductions and quote at length from a book. In this case, the initial paragraph of the preface to Nina Burleigh’s striking new work, Virus: Vaccinations, the CDC, and the Hijacking of America’s Response to the Pandemic:

“One of my first instincts in the surreal early days of lockdown in March 2020 was to hunt down read more

How John Hersey Blew the Whistle on the Reality of Nuclear War

Review of  Fallout:  The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

In this crisply-written, well-researched book, Lesley Blume, a journalist and biographer, tells the fascinating story of the background to John Hersey’s pathbreaking article, “Hiroshima,” and of its extraordinary impact upon the world.

In 1945, although only 30 years of age, Hersey was a very prominent war correspondent for Time magazine—a key part of publisher Henry Luce’s magazine empire—and read more