Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

by David Swanson, published on Let’s Try Democracy, June 24, 2018 Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018. There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism. First, the military budget. The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending,[…]

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Nonviolence, the Poor People’s Campaign and the Work of Gene Sharp

Civil Resistance at Hancock Base, 2016 ~photo by Heriberto Rodriguez by Ann Tiffany and Ed Kinane, originally published on Voices for Creative Nonviolence Activist, author and scholar Gene Sharp died this past January 28. Inspired by Gandhi and deeply informed by history, Sharp (b.1928) founded the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston. Back in the 80s, Ed plowed through Sharp’s three-volume,[…]

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