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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On the Eve of the Kim-Trump Summit – Facts, Fantasies and Prospects

Photo: Jung Yeon-je /AFP By Tim Beal,  Zoom In Korea originally published on , June 11, 2018 As the Singapore Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim approach we have been submerged under a deluge of articles and op-eds. Most are uninformed, some are ignorant. Symptoms are confused with issues, consequences with causes. Causality is frequently inverted. For instance there[…]

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A Tale of Two Summits

“No one should be concerned because Trump ruined the party held by the biggest thieves.” There were two summits of world leaders held very recently. The one which got Americans’ attention was the Group of Seven (G7), comprised of Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. The meeting, held in Quebec, proved that Donald Trump means[…]

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Memorial Day THIS!

by David Swanson, from Let’s Try Democracy “Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of their service and sacrifice that we live in the most free and prosperous[…]

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‘Hostiles’ and Hollywood’s Untold Story

By Jada Thacker, originally published on Consortium News, March 16, 2018 A theatrical poster for the recent American Western movie “Hostiles” depicts its principal characters – a Frontier widow, a hardboiled Indian fighter, and an Indian chief – with a helpful blurb stating the story’s theme with the subtlety of a striking rattlesnake: “We are all hostiles.” Hostiles movie poster[…]

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