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Antiwar.com is a website devoted to opposing aggressive war, imperialism, and assaults on freedom associated with both. Established as a project of the Randolph Bourne Institute, its editors describe their politics as libertarian. Their stated motivation is, "to show how the imperialistic tendencies of the American government lead to a loss of civil liberties and a centralization of political power". Guest writers featured on the site include people involved in United States foreign policy decision making such as former C.I.A. agents, self-described "economic hit men", and members of the United States Congress. Although politically libertarian, they also "look for well-written pieces – from both the Left and the Right – that demonstrate the failings of an interventionist foreign policy and big government."
The site was founded in December 1995, as a response to the Bosnian war. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, operating under the auspices of the Randolph Bourne Institute, based in Atherton, California. It was previously affiliated with the Center for Libertarian Studies and functioned before that as an independent, ad-supported endeavor.
The site’s first objective “was to fight against intervention in the Balkans under the Clinton presidency.” It “applied the same principles to Clinton's campaigns in Haiti and Kosovo and bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan.” Antiwar.com has consistently opposed all U.S. interventionism, from the bombing of Serbia to the present occupation of Afghanistan. It has also condemned aggressive military action and other forms of belligerence on the part of other governments, as well as what contributors view as the fiscal and civil liberties consequences of war. Wen Stephenson of The Atlantic described the site as marked by “a decidely [sic] right-wing cast of thought.” Its founders characterize themselves as libertarians, and the two principal co-founders were involved in libertarian Republican politics, at the time.
The site features many writers (see below) from across the political spectrum.
Notable site personnel include
- Justin Raimondo (founder and editorial director)
- Eric Garris (founder, webmaster, and managing editor))
- Scott Horton (assistant editor)
Featured writers include:
The site syndicates columns and op-eds by such authors as
Other contributors include:
Antiwar Radio is hosted by Scott Horton and others including Charles Goyette. It features interviews focused on war, international relations, the growth of state power, civil liberties, and related matters. Guests have included:
- Larisa Alexandrovna
- Mark Ames
- Julian Assange
- David T. Beito
- James Bovard
- Francis Boyle
- David Bromwich
- Patrick Cockburn
- Juan Cole
- Robert Dreyfuss
- Jeff Frazee
- Sibel Edmonds
- Ivan Eland
- Daniel Ellsberg
- Philip Giraldi
- Charles Goyette
- Glenn Greenwald
- William Norman Grigg
- David R. Henderson
- Nat Hentoff
- Robert Higgs
- Jacob Hornberger
- Scott Horton
- Dahr Jamail
- Raed Jarrar
- Karen Kwiatkowski
- Jim Lobe
- Trevor Lyman
- Eric Margolis
- Ray McGovern
- Cole Miller
- Brandon Neely
- Robert Pape
- Ron Paul
- Gareth Porter
- Stewart Rhodes
- Sheldon Richman
- Coleen Rowley
- Kirkpatrick Sale
- Michael Scheuer
- Cindy Sheehan
- Helen Thomas
- Christina Tobin
- Jesse Trentadue
- Jesse Walker
- Philip Weiss
- Andy Worthington
- Kevin Zeese
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According to Eric Margolis, “Americans would have been totally misled [in the run-up to the Iraq War] had it not been for the Internet sites like ‘Antiwar.com;’ ‘CommonDreams’; LewRockwell; and Bigeye; and magazines like ‘American Conservative’ and Harpers.’ George Szamuely maintained in 2000 that “Antiwar.com now easily outshines the dreary foreign policy mags filled with the self-important vacuities of the Washington apparat.” Antiwar.com is “a thoughtful, well-organized site,” according to the Washington Post’s Linton Weeks. Scott McConnell noted in the New York Press that Antiwar.com was “strikingly successful” and “could claim more readers than Rupert Murdoch’s Weekly Standard once the [Balkan] war began.”
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- Cf. “Who We Are”, Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, 2010) (April 21, 2010).
- F.A.Q., Antiwar.com (Frequently Asked Questions)
- For more historical information, see “Frequently Asked Questions”, Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, 2010) (April 22, 2010).
- "Conservative Sites of the Day for 1999." Enter Stage Right. Accessed February 20, 2011.
- “Who We Are”, Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, 2010) (April 21, 2010).
- Wen Stephenson, “Not Your Father’s Antiwar Movement,” The Atlantic Online (Atlantic Monthly, April 14, 1999) (April 21, 2010).
- “Frequently Asked Questions,” Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, n.d.) (April 21, 2010)
- See “Who We Are”, Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, 2010) (April 22, 2010), for a current list of staff members.
- The names of many regular writers are listed on the site’s homepage; additional names also appear on this page: “Antiwar.com Columnists”, Antiwar.com (Randolph Bourne Institute, 2010) (April 22, 2010).
- Eric Margolis, “Misled Into War? So What?,” Bigeye.com (n.p., June 16, 2003) (April 21, 2010).
- George Szamuely, “Arrogance of Power,” New York Post, April 4, 2000 (republished at Antiwar.com) (April 22, 2010).
- Linton Weeks, “Waging War on War,” WashingtonPost.Com (Washington Post, April 15, 1999) (April 22, 2010)
- Scott McConnell, “The New Peaceniks,” New York Press, June 22, 1999 (republished at Antiwar.com) (April 21, 2010).
- PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, “Voices of Dissent,” May 24, 1999
- New York Press, Scott McConnell, “The New Peaceniks,” June 22, 1999.
- The Atlantic Online, “Not Your Father's Antiwar Movement,” April 14, 1999
- “Intrepid Antiwarriors of the Libertarian Right”, San Francisco Weekly, December 10, 2003.