Enlightening Quotes by Enlightened People

"When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader." - Plato, Book VIII, 566-E


"WAR is a racket. It always has been.


It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.


A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." -- Smedley Butler, 1935, War Is A Racket, ch. 1


"After 15 years, the only winners in the War on Terror have been the contractors." -- Alex Emmonds, "Fifteen Years after 9/11, Neverending War", The Intercept (Sept. 11, 2016).


The enormous spending on armaments for a kind of war unlikely to be fought is not really military, but simply to provide profits to the military industrial complex. The arms are not really to be used. They are simply to be bought, and ultimately scrapped. -  Michael Hudson, 2019, "U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses", CounterPunch.


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"Wie wird die Welt regiert und in den Krieg geführt? Diplomaten belügen Journalisten und glauben es, wenn sie's gedruckt sehn." -- Karl Krauss, 1915


Section (4) anti-war and anti-nuclearism is essentially a stand-alone continuation of section (2) state control. Key terms are peace, antimilitarism, anti-nuclearism, anti-(state!) terrorism, anti-war or Western terrorism.





National and Local


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Books and Articles


Blakeley, Ruth, publications

Blakeley, Ruth, 2009, State Terrorism and Neoliberalism: The North in the South (preview), London: Routledge.

Blakeley, Ruth & Raphael, Sam, 2016, "Understanding Western State Terrorism", in Richard Jackson (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, 2016, part III, ch. 15, 159--169.


Blum, William, 2004, Killing Hope: US Military & CIA Interventions since World War II, London: Zed Books.


Boggs, Carl; Pollard, Tom, 2007, The Hollywood War Machine : U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture, Paradigm.


Caldicott, Helen, 1997, Metal of Dishonor-Depleted Uranium: How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers & Civilians with DU Weapons, International Action Center.

Caldicott, Helen; Eisendrath, Craig, 2007, War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space, The New Press.

Caldicott, Helen (ed.), 2014, Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, The New Press.


Chomsky, Noam, 2002, "Who are the Global Terrorists?", in Ken Booth & Tim Dunne (eds.), Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order, Palgrave Macmillan.

Chomsky, Noam; Vltchek, Andre, 2013, On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare, Pluto Press.


Cole, Juan, 2018, "Donald Trump Asks Why CIA Did Not Massacre Family of Militant With Drone", MintPressNews, April 9, 2018.


Clark, Ramsey, 2006, "The People vs. George Bush : Iraq War Crimes Tribunal".


Ellsberg, Daniel, 2017, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Bloomsbury.


Falk, Richard A., (blog), 2014, Humanitarian Intervention and Legitimacy Wars: Seeking Peace and Justice in the 21st Century, Routledge.


Feinstein, Andrew, 2011, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Galtung, Johan, 1969, "Violence, Peace, and Peace Research," Journal of Peace Research, 6(3), 167–191.

Galtung, Johan, 1990, "Cultural Violence," Journal of Peace Research, 27(3), 291–305.


Gaytandzhieva, Dilyana, 2018, "The Pentagon Bio-Weapons", South Front, Jan. 18, 2018.


George, Alexander L., (ed.), 1991, Western State Terrorism, Cambridge: Polity Press/Blackwell.


Gowans, Stephen, 2018, "Eight reasons why the latest Syria chemical weapons attack allegations are almost certainly complete nonsense",


Greider, William, 1998, Fortress America: The American Military and the Consequences of Peace, Public Affairs.


Hedges, Chris, 2002, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Public Affairs.

Hedges, Chris, 2003, What Every Person Should Know About War, Free Press.


Herman, Edward S., 1982, The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda, Boston: South End Press.

Herman, Edward S. & Peterson, David, 2010, The Politics of Genocide, Monthly Review Press.


Jackson, Richard (ed.), 2016, Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, Routledge.


Johnstone, Paul H., 2017, From MAD to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning, Clarity Press.


Kaldor, Mary, (publications), 2003, Global Civil Society: An Answer to War, Polity.

Kaldor, Mary, 2012 [1999], New & Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era (3rd ed.), Polity.


King, Martin Luther, 1967, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence", Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.


Laforge, John, 2018, "Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early", Counterpunch, Feb. 8, 2018.


Lifton, Robert J. & Falk, Richard A., 1982, Indefensible Weapons: The Political and Psychological Case Against Nuclearism, Basic Books.

Lifton, Robert J. & Mitchell, Greg, 1996, Hiroshima in America: A Half-Century of Denial, Harper Perennial.

Lifton, Robert J., 2003, Superpower Syndrome: America's Apocalyptic Confrontation With the World, Nation Books.


North, David, 2016, A Quarter Century of War - The U.S. Drive for Global Hegemony 1990-2016, Mehring Books.


Parenti, Michael, 2002, To Kill a Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia, Verso.


Parry, Robert, 2015, A Family Business of Perpetual War, Consortiumnews, March 20, 2015.


Roelofs, Joan, 2017, "This Madness Deserves a Protest: an Inside Account at US Nuclear Weapons Strategy", Counterpunch, April 5, 2017.


Schwarz, Jon, 2018, "Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago, and What He Told the U.N.", The Intercept, Feb. 6, 2018.


Shiva, Vandana, 2012/2013, Making Peace With The Earth, Women Unlimited/Pluto Press.


Sjursen, Danny, 2018, "The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command)", Consortiumnews, Jan. 29, 2018.


Swanson, David, 2018, "U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions - A List", Let's Try Democracy.


Vltchek, Andre, (articles on CounterPunch), 2006, Western Terror: From Potosi to Baghdad, Mainstay Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2012, Indonesia, Archipelago of Fear, Pluto Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2013, Oceania: Neocoloniams, Nukes and Bones, Atuanui Press.

Vltchek, Andre, 2013, "How the West Creates Terrorism", Counterpunch, Jan. 22, 2016.


Webb, Whitney, 2019, "Leaked Wikileaks Doc Reveals US Military Use of IMF, World Bank as “Unconventional” Weapons", MintPressNews.


Whitehead, John W., 2018, "War Spending Will Bankrupt America", Counterpunch, Feb. 16, 2018.


Documentaries & Video


akaWACA, 2013, US Activist and Iraq War Veteran Vince Emanuele Speaks Out.


Bicanic, Nick; Bourque, Jason, 2006, Shadow Company.

Greenwald, Robert, 2006, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Greenwald, Robert, 2013, Unmanned: America's Drone Wars


Kennebeck, Sonia, 2016, National Bird


2016, Shadow World.


Pilger, John, 1970, Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny.

Pilger, John, 2003, Breaking The Silence: Truth And Lies In The War On Terror.

Pilger, John, 2011, The War You Don't See.

Pilger, John, 2016, The Coming War on China.


Russel, Stuart, 2017, Slaughterbots.


Sachs, Rusty; Weill, Michael, 1972, Winter Soldier.


2012, Sardiniens tödliches Geheimnis.

Kaeßmayer, Sandra, 2015, "Krieg und Soldat als Thema von Kinder- und Jugendliteratur," 26. März 2015, Institut für Religion und Frieden.


Rau, Milo, 2017, Das Kongo Tribunal.


Wagner, Frieder F./WDR "Die Story", 2003, Der Arzt und die verstrahlten Kinder von Basra.

Wagner, Frieder F., 2007, Deadly Dust - Todesstaub: Dokumentation eines Kriegsverbrechens.