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Author, blogger, activist, radio host.

David C.N. Swanson is an author, blogger, and radio host.


Swanson's books include:
Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union (2009)1

War Is A Lie (2010)2

When the World Outlawed War (2011)3

The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012)4



Swanson hosts a weekly program syndicated by Pacifica Network called Talk Nation Radio.5


Swanson earned a Master's in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997.



Swanson is employed as Campaign Coordinator for  He is cofounder and editor of the blog formerly known as



From 2000 to 2003, Swanson was the communications coordinator for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). 


He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign.


In May 2005, Swanson was instrumental in making the Downing Street Memo known in the United States and discussed in Congress. He co-founded and campaigned unsuccessfully for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.


In January 2012 Swanson offered a "peace lily" to the Charlottesville City Council after it passed its "anti-Iran war" resolution (which he helped to author).


In January 2013 Swanson successfully lobbied the Charlottesville City Council to become the first jurisdiction in the nation to pass a resolution against the unrestricted use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).




When the World Outlawed War is an account of the movement behind the Kellogg Briand Pact of 1928.  The book received a Going For A Global Truce Peace award.  Ralph Nader put the book on a list of 11 books everyone should read.6  Former U.S. Congress member Elizabeth Holtzman said, "David Swanson has written a fascinating account of how peace once became the law of the land, through the Kellogg-Briand Pact.  It is particularly pertinent in the era of the Endless War, by giving encouragement and suggestions of a path forward to those who want to give peace a chance."  Kathy Kelly said, "David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis.  This compelling and wonderfully readable narrative examines pacifist developments in the U.S., dating back to the 1920s. Swanson then examines contemporary anti-war efforts. He writes from a particularly advantageous perspective because he is firmly rooted in plans and actions designed to put an end to war. Drawing from historical examples of success and failure, he help readers imagine achieving the U.N.’s eloquent mandate: 'to eliminate the scourge of war.'"  Ben Davis said, "In an era of what sometimes seems like Orwellian permanent war, David Swanson’s Outlawing War reminds us of those in earlier periods who attempted the unthinkable for many of outlawing war.  It is a timely reminder that nothing is inevitable in the way things are, that extraordinary things can be done, and that movements are not inexorably doomed to fail."


War Is a Lie has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China.  "David Swanson's War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language," according to Kevin Young, in ZNet.  Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent, whistleblower, and Time magazine person of the year, remarked, "There are three insightful books I've read that explain how and why no good can come of the current U.S. reliance on military force and war in seeking its desired 'Pax Americana': War Is A Racket by General Smedley Butler; War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges, and War Is A Lie by David Swanson."


Daybreak is described by journalist Glenn Greenwald: "There have now been many books written which chronicle the imperial, lawless presidency of the Bush era, but Swanson's superb new book -- Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union -- is one of the very few to examine how we can recover from it and reverse its pernicious trends. Many Bush books, given the horrific subject matter, have been dark and gloomy, even somewhat depressing.  To be sure, there are parts of Swanson's book that documents in gruesome detail all of the liberties abridged and damage done during the last eight years.  This book also does not shy away from highlighting those areas in which the Obama presidency has, much to the dismay of many, come to replicate some (though by no means all) of the worst Bush abuses.  But Daybreak is far more uplifting and inspiring than virtually any other book in its genre, as it devotes itself to laying out a detailed plan for how American citizens -- through the activism to which he has devoted himself -- can bring about a rejuvenation of our political values."




1 Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union

2 War Is A Lie

3 When the World Outlawed War

4 The Military Industrial Complex at 50

5 Talk Nation Radio

6 "Jolting the Mind for Action," by Ralph Nader

  • University of Virginia
    Philosophy, 1994 - 1997
  • Pratt Institute
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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