David Swanson

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David Swanson in 2012

David Swanson (born 1969) is an American anti-war activist, blogger and author. He currently resides in Virginia and is the Executive Director of World Beyond War.


Swanson obtained a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Virginia in 1997.[1]


As an activist, Swanson co-founded the website After Downing Street (now WarIsACrime.org), based around the U.S. congressional concern of the Downing Street memo. Additionally, Swanson embarked on a campaign to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney[2] through the now defunct website ConvictBushCheney.Org[3] as well as contributing to the introduction of Dennis Kucinich’s The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush.[4] Swanson has also aided in the organization of campaigns such as Velvet Revolution's opposition of the United States Chamber of Commerce and Tom J. Donohue,[5] and October2011.Org's Occupy Washington movement.[6]

As an author, David Swanson has written several books; Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union[7] (2009), War Is a Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011) and War No More: The Case for Abolition (2013). Swanson is the host of the radio show Talk Nation Radio.

In 2018 Swanson was awarded the US Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial Foundation for inspiring antiwar leadership, writings, strategies, and organizations that help to create a culture of peace.[8]

Swanson currently blogs through various political sites, including his own co-founded site, WarIsACrime.Org[3] and Democrats.com,[1] where he serves as the Washington Director. He also writes at his personal website DavidSwanson.Org


  • Kucinich, Dennis J., David C.N. Swanson, and Elizabeth de la Vega. The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush. Port Townsend, Washington, Feral House, 2008. ISBN 978-1-932595-42-0
  • Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. New York: Seven Stories Press. 2009. ISBN 978-1-58322-888-3
  • War Is A Lie (2010, 2016). Just World Books. ISBN 978-1-68257-000-5
  • Snippers Saves the World (2021). David Swanson. ISBN 978-1-7347837-0-4
  • Leaving World War II Behind (2021). David Swanson. ISBN 978-1-7347837-5-9
  • 20 Dictators Currently Supported by the U.S. (2020). David Swanson. ISBN 978-1-7347837-9-7
  • Curing Exceptionalism (2018). David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9980859-3-7
  • War Is Never Just (2016). David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9980859-0-6
  • Killing Is Not A Way of Life (2014). David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9830830-6-1
  • War No More: The Case For Abolition (2013). David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9830830-5-4
  • Tube World (2012). Illustrated by Shane Burke. David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9830830-4-7
  • The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2011). Editor and contributor. David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9830830-7-8
  • When The World Outlawed War (2011). David Swanson. ISBN 978-0-9830830-9-2

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  1. ^ a b "Bloggers". Democrats.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  2. ^ "FAIR".
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush". Feral House. Archived from the original on 2010-02-18. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  5. ^ Swanson, David. "WarIsACrime.Org: Tom Donohue and the Chamber of Open Secrets". Stop The Chamber. Velvet Revolution. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  6. ^ "About Us". October 2011.Org. Archived from the original on 2011-09-01. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  7. ^ "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union - Published in 2009". Davidswanson.org. Retrieved 31 Aug 2011.
  8. ^ "David Swanson Awarded 2018 US Peace Prize". USPeacePrize.org. US Peace Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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