In the following video author David Swanson discusses his book War is a Lie. As a long time anti-war campaigner, Swanson’s purpose is to demolish the widespread belief that some wars (eg the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War II) are “good wars. He carefully dispels the lies ruling elites have told us about each of these wars, simultaneously clarifying that each had the true purpose of expanding American empire.
With numerous historical examples, he demonstrates that war was totally unnecessary to win American independence (eg the US launched the War of 1812 as an excuse to invade Canada.). And not only was the Civil War unnecessary to end slavery, but slavery didn’t end in the US until World War II. (See 1941: The Year Slavery Finally Ended)
Swanson is extremely critical of environmentalists who are too timid to condemn war as the major destroyer of the environment and civil libertarians who condemn torture and assassination without condemning war as the root cause of these atrocities. He’s also highly critical of activists who bemoan that the corporate elite is too powerfully entrenched to be crushed by a mass movement.
Unlike most presentations, the Q&A’s – which start at 31:00 – are the best part of this video.
Thanks that was great….and for the advice to kick into the vid at question time. Curly wise ones that give me back some faith in humanity. But alas I crashed and low data reflecting the information poor state of play when aussie telcos make $ for old rope!
I liked the video so much that I ordered the book – it’s fantastic.
Saved the link to watch later. Thanks!
Hopefully you won’t be disappointed, Rosaliene.
I love how David Swanson challenges our casual cultural acceptance of war. Excellent!
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I also like the fact that he isn’t just an armchair activist – he’s actively organizing to change cultural attitudes.