The only positions I ever get excited about in U.S. politics are the ones that Republicans pretend Democrats hold.
The beef one is no exception.
Lately, Republicans have been pretending not just that Democrats want the usual array of things I wish someone would actually act to institute (a guaranteed income, a decent minimum wage, single-payer healthcare, a Green New Deal, a major shift to progressive taxation, defunding militarism, making college free, etc.) — THE HORROR OF IT! — but also that
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, May 3, 2021
This year’s annual update to World BEYOND War’s Mapping Militarism project uses a completely new mapping system developed by our Technology Director Marc Eliot Stein. We think it does a better job than ever of displaying the data of warmaking and peacemaking on maps of the world. And it makes use of new data reporting on the latest trends.
When you visit the Mapping Militarism site, you
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, May 2, 2021
There are a number of hurdles to clear before you can get people to support banning armed drones or surveillance drones. One is the existence of good drones. It seems silly, but it is the number one cause of failures to pass local resolutions against drones. Unlike some of the hurdles, this one is fact-based. It’s simple-minded, but fact-based. There really are drones for fire and rescue and science research and toys and lovers of technology
By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, April 25, 2021
The Earth is dying. President Biden intends to ask various money lenders to put poor countries deeper into debt to help. OK. Better than nothing, right?
He also intends to spend $1.2 billion on climate aid to poor countries. Hey, that’s awesome, right? Imagine what kind of solar panels and new windows your house could have for $1.2 billion. Only problem, of course, is that the world is larger than one house, and just for perspective (not to
April 9, 2021
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