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The Campaign To End All War

In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate “the institution of war as an acceptable enterprise for the human species.” Visiting the website WorldBeyongWar.org, one is prompted to sign a simple two sentence  pledge that reads:

“I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.”

Here is a sample of quotes from notable early signatories to the pledge:

“I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war.  I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.” — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

“As a 29 year veteran of the US Army/Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel and having served as a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and resigning in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, I firmly believe war does not resolve political issues.  We must work diligently to force the governments of our nations to use diplomacy, not weapons.” —Ann Wright

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” — Noam Chomsky

“It is so inspiring to see a new group coming together not to focus on a particular war or weapons system, but on all war–everywhere. And it’s great to have such beautifully crafted arguments about why war is not inevitable and how war contributes to so many other global ills. This coalition is worthy of Martin Luther King’s call to end violence and instead put our energies and resources into ‘life-affirming activities.’ Bravo!” —Medea Benjamin

“Militarism is the world’s biggest problem…morally, socially, economically, and environmentally.” —Ward Reilly

“Creating a world beyond war may be the noblest endeavor we can work on. Can you imagine what future generations will think if we succeed? We will leave them a world where trillions of dollars are not wasted annually on weapons and war, where tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands are no longer slaughtered in unnecessary wars. Surely we can imagine solving conflicts between nations in a more mature way; we can imagine the human race evolving to a higher consciousness that no longer requires war. We can imagine a world without war, now we have to work toward such a world. It will be a global challenge, uniting the world to accomplish this great new reality.” —Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance.org

“War is a lie. War is a racket. War is hell. War is waste. War is a crime. War is terrorism. War is not the answer.” —Coleen Rowley

“War destroys. War obliterates. War is ruination. And war begets more war. After thousands of years of experience proving this, and reams of literature and countless works of art exposing it, when are people going to learn?” —Lisa Simeone

“War is a barbaric tool of the war profiteers and Empires who employ them. War pits young people from the working class against other similarly poor, or disadvantaged humans, for nothing but the greed of the few. Only we the people can make war obsolete by not participating in the profound crimes of the profiteers and other war mongers.” —Cindy Sheehan

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Our guest on the show today was David Swanson.
David Swanson is working to end all war at http://WorldBeyondWar.org  His books include: War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013), War Is A Lie(2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012).  He is the host of  Talk Nation Radio. He has been a journalist, activist, organizer, educator, and agitator.  Swanson helped plan the nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington DC in 2011.  Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization http://rootsaction.org  Swanson also works on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace, of which he is an associate (non-veteran) member. Swanson is Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

7 Responses to “The Campaign To End All War”

  1. Bruce

    WBW3 (World Beyond War, Will Be Wrought, When Bees Win); and Drones Are LO$T!

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  2. The Amendment Gazette

    Only corporations profit from militarism.

    The key to moving from an Empire System to a Peace System is the framing of a realistic alternative. Libertarianism’s isolationism, based on the Founder’s disdain for European power politics, has no answer to the “vacuum of power” that some other nation(s) will fill in, still engaged in the Empire System.

    By “empire,” I refer to any forceful attempt to change political control over a boundary. (Civil and revolutionary wars are another, but not separate consideration.) Wars of aggression. The US war with Iraq makes it clear that nation-states can be empire-like.

    An alternative to isolationism is hierarchy, transcendence of the state into a new, charter-revised United Nations OR a new world body: a Peace System of order from law. There is a lot of right-wing fear of world government, but a narrowly defined World Peace Council might just pass the US Senate…after most other nations have already joined it. US “dues” to the organization might by early model weapons systems: battleships, jet fighters, etc.

    This kind of militarized hierarchy could, in theory, eventually run concurrent to anarchy within states, division of states and localized governance. The Campaign to End all Wars needs an exit strategy, and the key system that needs transformation is the Empire System. We can’t hope that the H-bomb keeps empires at bay for thousands of years as it has so far. We need to think two different ways (anarchic status quo and hierarchic future) at the same time to disengage from humanity’s Empire System. Not a lot of folks are up to that task.

    Think ending corporate personhood is tough? Try convincing most Americans that we need to improve and strength the US through a charter revision conference.

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    […] The Resistance Report Week in Review is all of the segments from the previous week, rolled into one big show. Links to the individual episodes below. TPP v. Democracy Last week, legislation to fast track a vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership was introduced in Congress.  (watch) The Campaign to End All War In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate “the institution of war as an acceptable enterprise for the human species.” (watch) […]

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