David Swanson's Blog – April 2011 Archive (5)

Why a Dog Is More Qualified for Congress Than Robert Hurt

The Charlottesville Daily Progress, to its credit, did something that I don't think it or most small-town newspapers have done before, and certainly have not done often: it wrote about the local congress member's position on military spending. Sure it's where half of our income taxes go, but it's hardly ever mentioned.



Hurt told the paper that he wants to cut spending, but not in the military: "I think everybody would agree that national defense is a top priority for our government… Continue

Added by David Swanson on April 29, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

A Unified Theory of War and Taxes

If you hate taxes but dutifully cheer for wars, it's lucky you also oppose school funding sufficient to produce historical literacy.  Taxes are a byproduct of wars.  Were it not for wars and war propaganda, this country would have never begun paying taxes.  If we were to end wars, and only if we were to end wars, we could consider ending taxes too.



But wait!  Wasn't the war for independence a war against taxes?  Aren't taxes created by weakness, while militarism generates wealth? … Continue

Added by David Swanson on April 22, 2011 at 12:49pm — No Comments

It Would Be an Honor

Review of "Honor For Us: A Philosophical Analysis, Interpretation, and Defense" By William Lad Sessions, Continuum.

William Lad Sessions is a philosophy professor at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. I was once a philosophy student at the University of Virginia. Both schools have honor codes for their students. I experienced UVA's honor code as one of the most thrilling discoveries of my life. W&L's has inspired Sessions to write a book.

I realize that nowadays…

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Added by David Swanson on April 18, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments

If Cairo Came to Kabul

Before Tahrir Square happened almost nobody predicted that President Hosni Mubarak would be forced out of office by a movement that didn't pick up a gun. Had President Barack Obama expected that outcome, he might have publicly backed Mubarak's departure before, rather than after, Mubarak stepped down.

Obama can be seen as overcompensating for that performance in Libya, but there he is placing faith in weapons. Anybody can do that. Egypt still has a long way to go on its path to a just…

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Added by David Swanson on April 18, 2011 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Lies About the U.S. Civil War 150 Years Later

Tuesday marks 150 years since the start of the U.S. Civil War.  Newspapers everywhere are proclaiming it the deadliest war in U.S. history, the costliest U.S. war in terms of the loss of human life.  That claim, like most things we say about the Civil War, is false.



Most humans, it will surprise our newspapers to learn, are not U.S. citizens.  World War II killed 100 times as many people as the U.S. Civil War, with World War I not far behind.  U.S. wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq are… Continue

Added by David Swanson on April 12, 2011 at 3:08am — No Comments

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