Democrats Deliver!

I know it sounds like a pizza ad, but it’s far less healthy: “Democrats Deliver!”

It’s apparently a website, the name of a tour of Democrats, something pasted on the front of blogs and the back of buses, and something said often by Democrats in Congress, Democrats in California, and Democrats bewildered by Republicans actually exercising power. But I bring it up because I’ve seen this peculiar graphic:

Apparently the graphic comes from this read more

The Monroe Doctrine Is Thriving and Must Be Undone

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 22, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

A poorly maintained tradition begun with the Monroe Doctrine was that of supporting Latin American democracies. This was the popular tradition that sprinkled the U.S. landscape with monuments to Simón Bolívar, a man once treated in the United States as a revolutionary hero on the model of George Washington despite widespread prejudices toward read more

Stopping Fascism Beforehand

There are a lot of reasons for a progressive caring person not to be focused on the growing threat of fascism in the United States. After getting past all the pressing needs of one’s personal life (in a society of long hours, financial insecurity, poor healthcare, energetic kids drugged, a record number of adults imprisoned, the most finely tuned propaganda system ever devised, not to mention intimidation and fear), the main stumbling block is that everything is turned into a partisan question. read more

The Monroe Doctrine Is 200 and Should Not Reach 201

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 17, 2023

David Swanson is the author of the new book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace It With.

The Monroe Doctrine was and is a justification for actions, some good, some indifferent, but the overwhelming bulk reprehensible. The Monroe Doctrine remains in place, both explicitly and dressed up in novel language. Additional doctrines have been built on its foundations. Here are the words of the Monroe Doctrine, as carefully selected from President read more

Video: The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With

By Free Press Network, January 15, 2023

In this recording of a webinar from January 14, 2023, David Swanson discussed his forthcoming book The Monroe Doctrine at 200 and What to Replace it With. See the 26:24 point in the video.

The Monroe Doctrine was and is a justification for actions, some good, some indifferent, but the overwhelming bulk reprehensible. The Monroe Doctrine remains in place, both explicitly and dressed up in novel language. Additional doctrines have been built on its foundations. read more

In Praise of Email

Email doesn’t buzz my phone or watch.

Email can’t see me.

Email can’t hear me.

Email can’t cough on me.

I can delete an email without being rude.

I can laugh at an email without being rude.

I can adore an email and read it 18 times and research its topics and its author and its recipients and take hours replying, link to voluminous treatises for further reading, add graphics, and CC six people on six continents who would really like to see it, and BCC two more people who would really like to read more

This Business of Burning Human Beings

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 12, 2023

Remarks on RootsAction.org’s Defuse Nuclear War livestream on January 12, 2023. Video here.

Thank you for all for being here and for including me.

We know the risks. They’re no secret. The Doomsday clock has almost nowhere to go but oblivion.

We know what’s needed. We’ve made a national holiday of a man who said he would oppose all nukes and all wars without any regard to whether it was popular, who said the choice was between nonviolence read more

Five Things to Do for Peace in the Days Ahead

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 5, 2022

1. Join an online celebration of the peace advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 12, with

  • Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign
  • Pastor Michael McBride of Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
  • Judith LeBlanc of Native Organizers Alliance
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • Khury Petersen-Smith of Institute for Policy Studies
  • David Swanson of World BEYOND War
  • Norman Solomon
  • Hanieh Jodat – Moderator

Register here.

2. Join in a week of actions wherever you are for peace in Ukraine, January 13-22. Learn more and find or create an event here.

3. Celebrate the anniversary of nuclear weapons being banned on January 22! Learn more and find or create an event here.

4. Make plans to be in Washington D.C. on February 19 for the Rage Against the read more