According to the analysis of police-murder-instigator Dave Grossman, the reason that only a minority of soldiers attempted to kill in World War II and earlier wars was a general aversion to committing murder. And the reason that the vast majority of U.S. soldiers (marines, sailors, etc.) have attempted to kill in recent decades is “classical conditioning.” A fireman rushes into a fire without thinking, if he or she has been conditioned through drill
When I say there is nobody to vote for, I don’t just mean the familiar complaint that the candidates may be different shades of evil but are all too evil to support, that the earth’s climate does not recover one iota because some even worse policy has been averted, that sadistic bombings and humanitarian bombings actually look identical. I do mean all of that. But I also mean that candidates are campaigning as and being presented as nothing, as empty figures with no positions on anything.
Mark Dworkin is, together with Melissa Young, an award-winning documentary film director, and the director of an important new film called Plane Truths. You can find Mark and Melissa at movingimages.org and this movie at planetruths.org. Plane Truths looks at the increased activity at
Video of a Workshop I Just Did in Santa Cruz on Abolishing War:
Workshop first half:
Workshop second half:
Speech the night before:
Speech and Q&A second half:
Speech and Q&A in another video:
Speech later that day in Berkeley text:
One should not sell bombs to a government that abuses human rights, which means murders a man without using one of the bombs.
If Saudi Arabia had murdered a man using a bomb, it would be fine to sell Saudi Arabia more bombs.
But Saudi Arabia murdered with a non-bomb weapon, and so shouldn’t have bombs anymore.
One should, in fact, bomb people whose government abuses human rights, which means murders children without using bombs.
Syria allegedly killed children using chemical weapons, and so Syrian
Remarks at Fellowship Hall at Berkeley, Calif., October 13, 2018.
Slogans and headlines and haikus and other short combinations of words are tricky things. I wrote a book looking at many of the themes in how people commonly talk about war, and I found them all without exception — and the marketing campaigns before, during, and after every past war without exception — to be dishonest. So I called the book War Is A Lie. And then people who misunderstood my meaning started
Remarks at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, Calif., on October 12, 2018.
Video slowly uploading will be at https://youtu.be/jKhnteeo4k8
Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, 100 years ago this coming November 11th, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying, from bullets and from poison gas.
Wilfred Owen put it this way:
Peter Kuznick is Professor of History at American University, and author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America, co-author with Akira Kimura of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives, co-author