is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians,
pacifists, leftists, "greens," and independents alike, as
well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism.
Our intial project was to fight for the case of non-intervention in
the Balkans under the Clinton presidency and continued with the case
against the campaigns in Haiti, Kosovo and the bombings of Sudan and
Afghanistan. Our politics are libertarian: our opposition to war is
rooted in the Randolph
Bourne's concept that "War is the health of the State."
With every war, America has made a "great leap" into statism,
and as Bourne emphasizes: " . . . it is during war that one best
understands the nature of that institution [the State]." At its
core, that "nature" includes the ever-increasing threat to
individual liberty and the centralization of political power.
Antiwar.com is one project of our parent foundation the "Randolph
Bourne Institute." It is an program that provides a sounding
board of interest to all who are concerned about US foreign policy and
Garet Garrett, one of the last of the Old Right "isolationists,"
said it well:
government in the republican meaning, that is, Constitutional, representative,
limited government, on the one hand, and Empire on the other hand, there
is mortal enmity. Either one must forbid the other or one will destroy
the perception that informs our activism, and inspires our dedication.
Non-interventionism abroad is a corollary to non-interventionism at
home. Randolph Bourne echoes this sentiment: "We cannot crusade
against war without implicitly crusading against the State." Since
opposition to war is at the heart of our philosophy, and single-issue
politics is the only avenue open to us, Antiwar.com embodies the politics
of the possible.
to libertarian principles, inspired in large part by the works and example
of the late Murray N. Rothbard,
is reflected on this site. While openly acknowledging that we have an
agenda, the editors take seriously our purely journalistic mission,
which is to get past the media filters and reveal the truth about America's
foreign policy. Citing a wide variety of sources without fear or favor,
and presenting our own views in the regular columns of various contributors,
we clearly differentiate between fact and opinion, and let our readers
know which is which.
pressing need for "citizen experts" we set up Antiwar.com.
In this process, the site evolved very quickly into an online magazine
and research tool designed to keep the American people and the world
informed about the overseas plans of the American government. The history
of our site and of American foreign policy demonstrates the demand for
editors of Antiwar.com were active in the Libertarian Party during the
1970s; in 1983, we founded the Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee,
to work as a libertarian caucus within the GOP. Today, we are seeking
to challenge the traditional politics of "Left" and "Right."
At present, none of the existing parties or activist groups offers an
effective vehicle for principled libertarian politics. Yet, even in
the absence of a party of liberty, we cannot abstain from the struggle.
We strive to lead the non-interventionist cause and the peace movements
that many respected institutions have forgotten.
in the experience of the first Balkan war, Antiwar.com has become the
Internet newspaper of record for a growing international movement, the
central locus of opposition to a new imperialism that masks its ambitions
in the rhetoric of "human rights," "humanitarianism,"
"freedom from terror" and "global democracy." The
totalitarian liberals and social democrats of the West have unilaterally
and arrogantly abolished national sovereignty and openly seek to overthrow
all who would oppose their bid for global hegemony. They have made enemies
of the patriots of all countries, and it is time for those enemies to
unite - or perish alone.
the true pro-America side of the foreign policy debate. With our focus
on a less centralized government and freedom at home, we consider ourselves
the true American patriots. "America first!" regards the traditions
of a republican government and non-interventionism as paramount to freedom
- a concept that helped forge the foundation of this nation.
is already fighting the next information war: we have set up an organization
dedicated to the proposition that they (War hawks and our leaders) are
not going to be allowed to get away with it, unopposed and unchallenged.
The War Party is well-organized, well-financed, and very focused. They
know what they want: a renewal of the Cold War, increased military spending,
and a globalist mission that would project American power from the Middle
East to the Korean peninsula and all points in between. And they know
how to get it: mobilizing special interest groups and key corporate
allies in a propaganda war designed to win the hearts if not the minds
of the American people. The antiwar forces, on the other hand, are not
so well-positioned: everyone is for peace, in theory at least, but there
is no one group of Americans especially disposed to work for it, outside
of small religious groups such as the Quakers and the Catholic Worker
a centrally-coordinated leadership, without financial resources of any
significance, and incredibly diverse, the organized opposition to the
first Balkan war was unfocused and of limited effectiveness. Currently,
the antiwar movement against a war on Iraq is considered anti-American
and left-wing. However, we are changing this perception by leading the
cause of the patriotic peace movement, which understands the true costs
of war. Unfortunately, the organizations pushing for actions in Afghanistan,
Iraq and other areas around the world are stronger and even more focused.
Antiwar.com is an integral part of the movement against these groups
and for peace by disseminating accurate news and commentary and focusing
on the burgeoning
is dedicated to building an awareness to the globalist and interventionist
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