This critique of “Just War" theory finds the criteria it uses to be either unmeasurable, unachievable, or amoral, and the perspective it takes too narrow, arguing that belief in the possibility of a just war does tremendous damage by facilitating enormous investment in war preparations–which strips resources from human and environmental needs while creating momentum for numerous unjust wars.

Swanson builds a case that the time has come to set behind us the idea that a war can ever be just.

 “David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention." – Cornel West, author.

“David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis." – Kathy Kelly, activist and author.

 “The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!" – Thom Hartmann, radio/TV host and author.

DAVID SWANSON is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for He blogs at and and hosts Talk Nation Radio. David is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.