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Minnesotans protest endless war on 17th anniversary of the start of the Global War on Terror. [Source:]

Six Principles for an Increasingly Authoritarian Age

Since the Vietnam War, the U.S. antiwar movement has experienced some high points—notably the massive protests that took place on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War—but has largely been ineffective in challenging the U.S. warfare state.

The main reason is because the U.S. government has been able to effectively distance the public from the “forever wars” by relying overwhelmingly on mercenaries and machines (i.e., drones and other fancy gadgetry) to carry them out.

With no personal stake in the fighting, most Americans have tuned out and gone on with their lives. According to an Associated Press poll, only 12 percent of Americans said that they closely followed news related to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

This war—the longest in American history—was waged for twenty years with practically no organized protests, even though it was blatantly illegal, fueled enormous corruption, has been a strategic disaster, and has destroyed Afghanistan’s social fabric in a manner not too different from Vietnam.

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Protests against the Iraq War in 2003 marked the high point of the 21st century antiwar movement. [Source:]

With the War on Terror having lost a lot of its legitimacy, the U.S. ruling class is now returning its attention to “great power rivalry” with Russia and China, provoking each country with dangerous military buildups on its border and even threatening nuclear war.

Admiral Charles J. Richard, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, recently called on the nation’s military and civilian leaders to seek new ways to face threats by Russia and China, including the “real possibility” of “nuclear conflict.”

Admiral Charles Richard called nuclear conflict a “real possibility.” [Source:]

Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon employee who gained fame for leaking the Pentagon Papers exposing U.S. government deceit in the Vietnam War, told journalist Amy Goodman that Richard appeared to be “criminally insane.”

But where is the outcry and street protest against the criminal insanity? It is largely absent.

The U.S. left has been fixated for years now on issues of racial identity and gender politics and police brutality, but largely failed to consider the latter as partly a consequence of imperial blowback—many U.S. killer cops either served in the military, are armed with military-style weaponry, or have trained as soldiers to regard civilian suspects as the enemy.

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Militarized U.S. police have turned U.S. cities into war zones. [Source:]

The time is now ripe for the revival of a strong antiwar movement in the United States that will criticize both the Democratic and Republican Parties and should be anti-imperialist.

That is it should demand the U.S. return to its republican roots and dismantle its empire of hundreds of overseas military bases and quest for global dominance, which threatens to unleash a nuclear holocaust.

CAM hereby offers its readers six principles that a resurgent U.S. antiwar movement should follow, with attention to how they can best stand up to milk-toast liberals who would want to smear them as being in league with official U.S. enemies (”Putin” or “Assad lovers” as the refrain goes).

1. Focus Dissent against the U.S. Government’s Crimes, Not U.S. Enemies

The ruling class has long attempted to co-opt liberal concern for human rights by casting attention on the crimes of U.S. government enemies—real or imagined. Falling hook, line and sinker for the bait, leftist activists have too often channeled valuable activist energies into campaigns that actually enhance U.S. imperial objectives.

We are thinking about the “Free Tibet movement,” the “Save Darfur movement,” the anti-Putin campaign and current fixation with China’s alleged genocide in Xinjiang. In each of these cases, the U.S. aimed to either destabilize or overthrow the government accused of human rights violations in order to advance U.S. power or access raw materials. The activist movements, in turn, were largely creations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

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Lhadon Tethong, director of the Tibet Action Institute, addresses a crowd outside of Boston City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, in March 2019 at a Free Tibet rally. Tibet is a province of key strategic importance to China. It is a great water source; it also possesses the world’s largest uranium and borax deposits, large oil reserves, enormous iron deposits, over 80,000 gold mines, and the largest timber reserves at China’s disposal. The CIA supported covert operations in the attempt to restore the Dalai Lama in the 1950s and financed the Free Tibet movement. [Source:]
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Protests at the National Mall in Washington in 2005 by the Save Darfur movement. Darfur was rich in oil and being used to destabilize Sudan as a means of accessing its oil reserves and keeping them away from China, which was allied with the regime in the north led by Omar Bashir (1989-2019). The Save Darfur movement conveniently for the State Department dissolved when the U.S. broke up Sudan in 2011 by creating the nation of South Sudan which became enmeshed in a brutal ethnic war, whose human rights atrocities were no longer the source of moral outrage. [Source:]

2. Put Your Own House in Order

A major feature of the U.S. empire is its cloaking its escapades in the rhetoric of humanitarian uplift and advancement.

With missionary-like zeal, American imperialists dedicate themselves, at least in their own minds, to bringing human rights and democracy to the benighted lands of the earth in an updating of Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden.”

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Late 19th century cartoon about fighting barbarians and the White Man’s Burden in China. The underlying mentality remains the same today. [Source:]

We in the antiwar movement need to reiterate that the United States itself is far from a beacon of democracy or humanity with its money-saturated political structure, oppressive prison system, vast inequality levels and huge homeless population.

Here are some major injustices at home that sincere human rights activists ought to try to reverse rather than trying to find new countries to bomb to advance “women’s rights.”

  •  The  U.S. tortures roughly 80,000 of those incarcerated by placing them into solitary confinement. 
Solitary confinement: New York bans prison isolation over 15 days - BBC News
Solitary-confinement cell. Human rights groups have increasingly judged U.S. solitary confinement practices to be inhumane. [Source:]
US Police Killings: What the data tells us | by Nadir N | Towards Data  Science
Demonstrator protesting police brutality following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. [Source:]
  • The United States and several of its allies stand against the world’s people in their stance against relaxing intellectual property laws to allow developing nations to produce generic versions of the Covid-19 vaccines. This amounts to maintaining a vaccine apartheid wherein the predominantly white populations of the world have more access to vaccines than people of color.
  • The United States still possesses colonies wherein the populations are denied constitutional rights, including the right to vote for president and a vote in congress. 
  • Perhaps most egregiously, the U.S. has been at war for more than 20 years. The U.S.-proclaimed “Global War on Terror” has been a war of terror, killing millions, displacing tens of millions more, and traumatizing untold numbers of people. 
Half Million Killed by America's Global War on Terror 'Just Scratches the  Surface' of Human Destruction | Common Dreams News
The U.S. has been at war for most of its history. [Source:]
Chart: U.S. Still Accounts For The Bulk Of Global Arms Exports | Statista
  • The U.S. government is actively repressing whistleblowers and journalists for revealing U.S. crimes. These include the persecution of Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden. Julian Assange, Terry Albury, John Kiriakou, and Daniel Hale.
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Protesters support Chelsea Manning. [Source:]
  • The United States is in the minority of nations on earth that still maintain the death penalty
  • U.S. economic sanctions deprive Syrians, Iranians, Venezuelans and Cubans – more than one hundred twenty-five million in total – of their basic needs. This has led to many deaths due to starvation, lack of medical care, and malnutrition. 
  • All U.S. citizens’ electronic communications are subject to warrantless surveillance.

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If they truly want to advance human rights, U.S. citizens should demand an end to military and police training programs to dictators, an end to the sanctions, an end to the military bases, and an end to forever wars. Taxpayer dollars should be used furthermore to halt human rights abuses within the U.S.—in the U.S. criminal justice system most notably.

3. Shame and Boycott Celebrity War Propagandists

The U.S. has a remarkable capacity for projecting propaganda, often in the most insidious ways. A revitalized U.S. antiwar movement should work to counter this propaganda and to publicly shame and boycott its purveyors—including television personalities who advance the propaganda under the veneer of progressivism or liberal politics.

Among the best examples of the latter is John Oliver, whose late-night comedy show on HBO is widely watched by young people. This show often does cover serious issues which progressives should be concerned about, such as poverty and police abuses, and repeatedly criticized Donald Trump. Oliver, however, also at times parrots the State Department’s line on countries like Russia, China and Venezuela, helping to condition his hip young audience to support belligerent policies.

On his February 20, 2017 show, as an example, Oliver promoted a Russophobic narrative, which lambasted Russia for its alleged bigotry toward gays, and called Trump “the propagandist of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s dreams,” while mocking Trump for calling for good relations between the U.S. and Russia.

After finishing with his diatribe, Oliver showed a clip from a BBC documentary featuring Adam Szubin of the U.S. Treasury Department, which has imposed draconian sanctions on Russia under fraudulent pretexts, and insinuated that Putin was a murderer and corrupt because he allegedly worked out in a $3,000 track suit.

At the end of the show, Oliver brought in a group of dancers to underscore that Putin was a “ruthless leader” and “master manipulator”— reinforcing stereotypes about the Russian character long prevalent in U.S. Cold War demonology and which are driving the new Cold War.

The dancers’ song at one point referenced Trump’s supposed “golden shower”—a nod to the Christopher Steele dossier financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, which claimed Putin had compromised information about Trump peeing on a Russian prostitute, which were being used for blackmail.

These allegations were never proven and are thought to be part of a CIA disinformation operation designed to perpetuate a new Cold War with Russia, to the benefit of the arms manufacturers.

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John Oliver, comedian and host of the popular HBO show, Last Week Tonight, revealed himself to be a Russophobe on his February 20, 2017 show where he promoted State Department talking points that could very well lead to a world war. (Source: Wired

Another episode by Oliver on July 27, 2020, promoted lurid images of the mistreatment of Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang province and claimed it was the largest detention of people on religious grounds since the Holocaust—a contestable claim.

The show was part of a propaganda campaign, which obscured the fact that the U.S. supported Islamic extremists in Xinjiang, and financed through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) the World Uighur Congress, which promotes secession as part of a destabilization campaign designed to break up and weaken China.[1]

Oliver supported a regime change campaign targeting Venezuela in a July 2018 show.

In his monologue, Oliver twisted the reporting of a Reuters article to imply that Venezuela’s Socialist leader Nicholas Maduro had limited popular support, overplayed Maduro’s dictatorial tendencies, and characterized Maduro as paranoid about U.S. plots against him when the U.S. was trying to remove him and has a long record of assassinating foreign leaders.

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Oliver demonizing Maduro and supporting U.S. regime change operations in Venezuela. [Source:]

Antiwar protestors should call out Oliver for his disinformation, which is more insidious than that of Fox News because of a liberal veneer.

Unfortunately, Oliver is not alone.

The popular NBC comedy Parks and Recreation featured an episode depicting Venezuelan socialist officials visiting Pawnee (the fictional Indiana town depicted in the show) in caricatured fashion praising North Korea and suggesting that they held debates about socialist ideology from their palaces.

When the delegation witnesses citizens shouting at a public meeting, one member asks why there were no armed guards to take them to jail.[2]

What's Alan Watching?: Parks and Recreation, "Sister City": Viva Knope!
Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, with caricatured Venezuelan Chavista in 2009 episode of NBC comedy. [Source:]

Absent was any recognition of the major social gains bred by the socialists in Venezuela or venality of the U.S.-backed opposition, which led multiple coups.

The Hollywood comedy The Interview (2014), starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, meanwhile amplified a blatantly stereotypical view about North Korea that lent support to belligerent U.S. policies, featuring a plot in which the main protagonists are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s head of state, Kim Jong Un.

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The 2014 film The Interview: An American comedy that pushed anti-North Korea propaganda. [Source: Rotten Tomatoes]

Antiwar activists should target the movie and entertainment industry when it serves as a propaganda organ for the U.S. empire, as has been the case primarily since World War II.[3]

There should be strong efforts to advance a countervailing peace narrative and to objectively assess world politics and countries under the bullseye of the U.S.

4. Educate Your Fellow Citizens about the Pattern of Lies and Deception

The U.S. government has a long history of promoting fabrications and disinformation to justify war or other forms of aggression.

This history extends back to the era of the Indian Wars and mythical tales of Mexican aggression at the southern border that was used in 1846 to justify the blatantly imperialist Mexican-American War. 

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Call to arms against Mexico based on disinformation. [Source:]

In the late 19th century, the McKinley administration claimed that Spain blew up the U.S.S. Maine, sparking the Spanish-American War. Later it was determined that the ship was likely destroyed in a fire.

117 Years Later, The Sinking Of The USS Maine Remains A Mystery - Task &  Purpose
Ruins of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor. [Source: task&]

The U.S.S. Maine incident was followed by the suspicious sinking of the Lusitania ship, which provided a major pretext for U.S. intervention in World War I.

The Wilson administration had made it seem like the Lusitania—a British luxury liner with more than 100 Americans aboard—was a civilian vessel when it was illegally smuggling arms.

Sinking the "Lusitania": A Long-Lived Conspiracy Theory
Sinking of the Lusitania. [Source:]
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Lusitania Captain William Turner. [Source:]

The Lusitania’s Captain, William Turner, told a Board of Inquiry that, after the ship had been struck by a German torpedo, there was a second, bigger explosion, likely caused by pyroxyline, a type of guncotton, which had been secreted onto the ship.

No escorts had been provided and the British Admiralty, led by Winston Churchill, inexplicably did not reroute the ship north of Ireland where no German U-boats operated.

Rescue boats that might have saved many of the ship’s passengers were further held back and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, contrary to the advice he received, refused to publish an advertisement in the New York Times warning Americans not to board the ship.[4]

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Lord Mersey [Source:]

Lord Mersey, who headed the British Board of Inquiry, later told his children: “The Lusitania case was a damned dirty business.”[5]

With the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine, this dirty business set the groundwork for more recent deceptions used to sell war, such as the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident for Vietnam, claims that Saddam Hussein’s troops cut off the incubators for babies in Kuwait before the First Persian Gulf War, and the WMD fiasco and Iraq in 2003.

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U.S.S. Maddox. The Johnson administration claimed falsely the ship was struck by a North Vietnamese torpedo. [Source:]
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The infamous Nayirah Testimony that was used to justify the 1991 Gulf War. A young girl, later revealed to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., told a fictional story of Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators and leaving them on the floor to die. This was a fabrication by the U.S. and Kuwaiti governments and the advertising firm, Hill and Knowlton. [Source: Democracy Now]

More recently, the State Department spread false atrocity stories that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi provided his soldiers with Viagra to carry out mass rapes to justify a joint U.S.-NATO bombing and regime-change operation, and accused Syrian President Bashir al-Assad of carrying out chemical weapons attacks that were never verified.

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice lying before the UN Security Council about alleged mass rapes carried out by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi as part of a propaganda campaign designed to mobilize public support for a cataclysmic regime-change operation. Rice performed the same role that Powell did with the WMDs and Iraq. [Source:]

So what can we do?

Those of us who are educators can display the pattern of disinformation in school curriculums; journalists can try to broadcast them; and others can engage with their friends, family members and neighbors.

If more and more people are proactive in countering the lies, a strong and powerful peace movement can flourish and grow, and people will not accept the next set of lies.

5. The Importance of Political Economy

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At a conference documenting the atrocities committed by the U.S. government during the Cold War, Daniel Ellsberg stated that his view of the conflict changed a few years ago when he read Frank Kofsky’s book, Harry S. Truman and the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation (St. Martin’s Press, 1996).

In this book, Kofsky showed how American aerospace corporations, concerned about the loss of government contracts following the end of World War II and facing bankruptcy, successfully lobbied for the Truman administration to establish a permanent warfare economy.

The lobbying was successful because of a sophisticated public relations campaign that convinced the public of the danger of the Soviet Union and the need for permanent war readiness.

According to Ellsberg, a large part of the Cold War was to provide an annual subsidy for the aerospace industry.

Lockheed aircraft in a Burbank, California, plant at the beginning of the Cold War. [Source:]

Ellsberg said that “these are the people we [in the peace movement] are confronting—the largest defense contractors [Lockheed, Boeing or Raytheon] and the profits [for war scares and mobilization], jobs, campaign donations, and the revolving door between the large military contractors and Pentagon.” (See Christian Sorensen’s CAM article for more details on War Profiteers)

We should never forget this.

6. Bring Back a Program of Reconversion


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Three decades ago, political economist Seymour Melman (1917-2004) wrote a book called The Demilitarized Society, which should be re-read by peace activists today.

It critiqued the peace movement for being primarily reactive to government atrocities and suggested that it should develop a long-term program for converting the U.S. into an economy of peace.[6]

Melman’s research detailed how overspending on the military had transformed the U.S. into a second-rate economic power, which produced inferior products, had a degraded infrastructure and under-invested in health care and public education.

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Seymour Melman [Source:]

His program for reconversion committed extensive government resources to retraining programs and enlisted major corporations like Boeing, which, in the face of protests during the Vietnam War, had begun manufacturing subway cars used by the Chicago Transit Authority in plants that had previously produced helicopters.

Melman’s vision lives on today through groups like the Peace Economy Project in St. Louis and the Woodstock, New York peace community, which held a conference focused on the conversion of Amtrak/Rotron, a Woodstock company that makes parts used in F-16 fighter planes, Apache attack helicopters, tanks and missile delivery systems.[7]

This is a great model for peace activists to follow around the U.S.

  1. World Uighur Congress founder Isa Yusuf Alptekin allied with the Guomindang during China’s civil war, supported the U.S. war in Vietnam and considered the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) an enemy of Islam. He advised U.S. President Richard Nixon to combat the “Chinese war of world conquest” by supporting separatist movements, namely that of East Turkestan nationalists, and by “speeding up the process of the dismemberment of the Chinese empire.” He and his son Erkin, who carried on his leadership, were close friends of the Dalai Lama.

  2. Sadly, media reviews of the episode were largely positive and failed to point out its ominous political implications. writer Heather Havrilesky even called the episode an “instant classic.” 

  3. See among other works Tom Engelhardt, The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); Tony Shaw, Hollywood’s Cold War (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).

  4. See Colin Simpson, The Lusitania (New York: Ballantine Books, 1972); David Ray Griffin, The American Trajectory: Divine or Demonic? (Atlanta: Clarity Press Inc., 2019), chapter 2.

  5. Simpson, The Lusitania, 223.

  6. Seymour Melman, The Demilitarized Society: Disarmament and Conversion (Montreal: Harvest House, 1988).

  7. Mary Beth Sullivan, “Moving from a War Economy to a Peace Economy,” in The Military-Industrial Complex at 50, David Swanson, ed. (David Swanson, 2011), 267-279; Jeremy Kuzmarov, Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State (Atlanta: Clarity Press Inc., 2019), 321.

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  1. The “U.S. Anti-war movement” has largely been absorbed by the psychopathic culture. It’s a shadow of what it used to be.

    However the fact that a bunch of psychopaths rule is only ONE part of the equation. The true but “culturally and politically forbidden” reality is more encompassing. Read “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” by Rolf Hefti at (or go to www dot CovidTruthBeKnown dot com).

    Without a proper understanding, and full acknowledgment, of the true problem and reality, no real constructive change is possible.

  2. Congratulations Matt and Jeremy. This is an excellent initiative to focus on building a powerful anti-war peace movement. I second Steve Naidamast’s suggestion of developing a CAM section on this movement. It could being by listing articles already written about this and add new ones as they come.
    I think CAM could associate with some of the groups already involved in building such a movement, groups such as: Popular Resistance and Black Alliance for Peace.
    We need more suggestions about to proceed: how to educate people; what kinds of actions to take on; emphasis on anti-imperialism rather than single issues, single wars, reach out to countries undergoing US/EU sanctions…
    While I agree with point number one, the emphasis has to be on US government war crimes, we must not be myopic about the rest of the world in which governments conduct war crimes as well, and most of them are US allies, countries such as Israel, most of the Gulf States, UK….They form a criminal cabal.
    Finally, while it is not our job to take on the whole world’s sins, we should not project an image that all the enemies of the US-led cabal are saints.

    • There are 195 countries in the World and yet you only mention one country by name in your statement “we must not be myopic about the rest of the world in which governments conduct war crimes as well, and most of them are US allies, countries such as Israel, most of the Gulf States, UK”

  3. the american civil war was jump started via a false flag at Fort Sumter. The southland called it a war of northen aggression., themselves edgy following a New England funded John Brown attack & aggressive taxation, A war lead by Lincoln to deny American states their constitutional right to secede. Lincoln then of course was assassinated ( a 1st ) to deny peace ( a re-joining ) ( his wish ) and allow instead, to the victor goes the spoils. Treason was committed by many and papered over by conspirators within to pin the assassination on the Southern states thus justifying the about to begin plunder, but first they had to impeach ( a 1st ) VP Andrew Johnson & lead unwitting Americans into a false belief. Lincoln becomes a martyr by plan. Readers should not deny themselves a good hard look at what has become of us since 1860. The truth is all about, but one most look. This bid for all mightly federal power and supreme conquest of the world did not start w. WW1 ( another false flag & diversion in history so curious Americans would look away from their own ugliness ). Do an American deep dive and see all in a true light,… as a Jeffersonian ( a constitutional republic ) to be revitalized by the brave.

  4. My take away from this article is it’s time to move forward (again) by looking back to a time, before America was hijacked by drugs, MK Ultra and assassinations.

    The post WW2 baby boom generation was loud, happy and in no mood to tolerate the spraying of napalm on Vietnamese people, let alone Agent Orange on our own people in a foreign land until it was stopped in its tracks: LSD for white kids, heroin for black kids and enough assasinations of our Cultural Heroes (John Lennon, Bob Marley and to this day Tupac Shakur & Kurt Cobain-voices for peace, resisters of heroin and acid ) to go around.

    Today our nations capitol has been hijacked- what’s the message here ?.. ” don’t come”.

    Meanwhile we continue as Americans to allow ourselves to be opiated by deadly lab
    enhanced drugs on the street and jabbed in a cruel and unusual manner under the watchful professional eye.

    It’s time to wake up America.

    As a nation we are not divided, we are just told we are. No high brow anaylsis required to understand drugs are the weapons used against us.

    Nancy Reagan knew, the only solution was: ” just say no”. Well, we didn’t, and now the our Republic is trampled.

    The last march on Washington was in support of a stolen election- did we see the nearly 1 million Americans who showed up?- no we did not. But we were there.

    When Martin Luther King marched to Washington DC, not only did Americans show up in mass, the right of the American people was on national television for school children to watch and learn (learn).

    Please, it’s time, and long over due- to pull your face off your computer screen, print a few flyers, read a few history books, start a discussion- use your God given arms, legs, eyes and communication skills to save what is left of our tattered nation by rebuilding integrity by peaceful means inch by inch reforming her to her greatest.

    God Bless America and may we again be a beacon to those who fear to tread where we are willing to go. It starts at home. And, it’s local and it’s as The Founders intended.

    Today is a good day to get out of the echo chamber and into the real world.

    Start by asking ” what can I do?” or, as assassinated John Kennedy so wisely said: ” Ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country”

  5. Ihope this article can lead to some postive changes and progress. I too am a supporter of the Free Tibet Movement as well as freedom and democracry for Taiwan and Hong Kong. I pray that China and Russia will transform their authoritarian governments into democratic governments and that China will stop their cruel persecution of the Uygher people and well as their persecution of Falun Dafa supporters. I hope you have a wonerful day and great blessings to you!

  6. A very enjoyable read, but, in my humble opinion, the subject under discussion requires more perspectives, if the anti-war movement is to succeed.

    1) Firstly, dissent ought to be focussed on the crimes of all Governments of the world, not just on crimes committed by the U.S. Government. Secondly, it is an error to introduce Politics into an anti-war article or real action. Weapons and money have no political colour.

    2) Firstly, what the article calls ‘American imperialists’ I call MIC, or Military Industrial Complex. Secondly, Kipling’s White Man’s Burden no longer applies, if you think of Britain, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, and all the ‘white’ countries in the world destroyed by the Arms Trade. Thirdly, if militarism is accepted, criticize the abuse of Human Rights is baseless. One of the articles of the UN Universal Declaration for Human Rights says: All human beings have the right to life. The ONLY thing bullets, grenades, landmines, rockets, bombs and torpedoes can do is ABUSE the above mentioned right. The rights to a home, to live in the country of your choice, to education, to health services, to practice the Religion of your choice or none, are all permanently abused in most countries due to politicians favoured way of sorting out ideological differences: war.

    3) I understand your point about the anti-war movement targeting the movie and entertainment industry when it serves as a propaganda organ for the U.S. Empire, as has been the case since World War II. The problem here is that many anti-war people are very nationalistic. They may not like wars, but think America is superior to other countries. That is the end of any Peace dreams they may have.

    4) YES!!!!! Education, but not only to your “fellow citizens”. To the world!!!! But with an understanding of the ‘why’ of the ~Pattern of Lies and Deception”. Anti-war activists should know that by accepting Militarism, the Armed Forces, the Arms Industry, they are ‘forcing’ politicians to lie to us. They have to understand that PEACE is the No.1 ENEMY of the military industry.

    5) Seymour Melman was right in suggesting we transform the Economy of War into an Economy of Peace. And Ellsberg was also right when he said large part of the Cold War was to provide an annual subsidy for the aerospace industry. But unfortunately, I think, talk about Economy (money, employment) is distracting from three fundamental issues

    a) Wars are ‘mainly’ profitable for manufacturers and for politicians, diplomats, bankers, military bosses, secret agents, who, like arms dealers, are involved one way or another involved in the negotiations. A percentage of every deal goes into their pockets.

    b) Countries, on the other hand, even if they win a war, lose financially and in human terms. Countries that fight wars have a deficit of millions and trillions.

    c) Even if wars, armies, artillery cost zero, and nobody lost a dime with them, we know that with bombs, rockets, tanks, Chinook and Apache helicopters, F-16s and F-35s there is nothing else to do than fight wars.
    Accepting militarism whilst asking Governments to ban wars, is as illogical as accepting the manufacturing and trade of pianos, guitars, drums, violins, trumpets, etc., music schools where people learn how to play those instruments, the construction of concert halls and opera houses, the production and sale of CDs, and demand from Governments they ban Music.

    Alberto Portugheis
    President HUFUD

    • it’s local. always local. local builds- networks form, word day, one person …is all that is needed for peace to become ( what are you doing today while walking about town..? )

  7. This is an excellent piece with an excellent outline, but here is the reality of young people today: My husband works on an organic farm in Maine with thirty-somethings. One man considers himself highly educated; he is an American and he never heard of Joseph McCarthy. One couple visited us; the man is Colombian, the woman is American; neither had ever heard of Joseph McCarthy. Do they ever wonder what “McCarthyism” is when it is referred to? This is basic cultural literacy which it seems fewer and fewer people possess.

    I was active in the antiwar movement in the 1960s and 1970s. I met very few people with any sort of critical analysis; mostly people sensed that bombing Vietnamese peasants was not a good thing, and young males were fearful of the draft. These people grew up and now declare the war was a “mistake,” which it decidedly was not.

    When people hold crony beliefs (see Trans by Helen Joyce) it is very difficult to converse with them about serious issues. They just repeat what they have heard whether they heard it on Fox News or The Daily Show — there is no thinking involved, just echos. Progressives accuse right-wingers of this habit, never thinking to look at themselves. America is a nation with zero self-awareness across the political spectrum. Very depressing.

  8. the peace movement died-as drugs were ushered in to quiet the otherwise vocal American- a complete blanket to hush us all. Even much later, post 60’s Nancy Reagan said ” just say no “- did anyone listen?or wonder, could she be talking to me?
    ..I think the time is right. As I now approach my ’70’s I’m ready to walk for peace ( again ).

  9. Excellent analysis and important guidance at to how to cope with the Mighty Wurlitzer. I will be encouraging you to consider also the desperate need for a “new UN” under the Earth Constitution. We must change the global war system to a geopolitical peace system or we will be unable to end wars or eliminate weapons of mass destruction. With your permission, I’ll keep you posted on developments. A summary of our thinking can be found at, and our point of view can be seen in DWF NEWS (I’ll send you our latest edition). — Roger Kotila, PhD, psychologist (ret.), President – Democratic World Federalists (SF); Board member – Center for UN Constitutional Research (Brussels).

  10. A very worthwhile essay to be considered by peace activists…

    However, as it regards the proposals in this piece, it appears that the author has not understood how badly divided both the US population and such movements actually are. Government agencies have done a rather good job of using the ancient Roman construct of “divide and conquer” to fragment the majority of movements attempting to promote legitimate resolutions against such ills.

    It would be quite helpful if CAM could produce a set of articles that could describe how US movements could extricate themselves from the divided quandary they find themselves in and then to become far more focused on specific endeavors (ie: military reduction and its imperialism) instead of allowing them to be go after all sorts of issues that have very little baring on a healthy society (ie: identity politics).

    As to Churchill allowing the Lusitania to enter u-boat infested waters by not rerouting it to a more secure route, as a student of military history and WWI, I have never heard of Churchill’s involvement with the Lusitania in such a manner. In fact, this activity by Churchill was recently uncovered for US convoy ships that were bringing supplies to Britain illegally under the FDR administration.

    Based on this essay, Churchill was in fact involved in setting up such ships as the Lusitania for disaster, just not in the way described in this essay. In addition, Wilson was involved himself…

    Though Wilson may have not published a government warning to travelers on the Lusitania, the German embassy did and this is well known. The German embassy published its warning that the Lusitania would be targeted for sinking if it crosses into waters where German u-boats were known to be sailing. And the German Kriegsmarine was unfortunately justified in sinking the Lusitania as it had been converted into an armed cargo ship without the passengers having any knowledge of this…

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