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This site 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 initial project was to fight against intervention
in the Balkans under the Clinton presidency. We applied the same principles
to Clinton's campaigns in Haiti and Kosovo and bombings of Sudan and
Afghanistan. Our politics are libertarian: our opposition to war is
rooted in 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 emphasized, "it is during war that one best understands
the nature of that institution [the State]." At its core, that
nature includes an ever increasing threat to individual liberty and
the centralization of political power.
In 1952, Garet Garrett, one of the last of the Old Right "isolationists," said it well:
"Between 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 other."
This is the perception that informs our activism and inspires our dedication. Non-interventionism abroad is a corollary to non-interventionism at home. Randolph Bourne echoed 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.
Our dedication 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.
Antiwar.com is already fighting the next information war: we are dedicated to the proposition that 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 movement.
Lacking 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 better focused. Antiwar.com has become an integral part of the movement against these groups and for peace by disseminating accurate news and commentary.
Antiwar.com is dedicated to building an awareness of the globalist and interventionist forces that would enslave us all in a New World Order on which the sun never sets. But we can't do it without you. Tell your friends about Antiwar.com, and also help us do our job by bringing items to our attention. We are always looking for material, and we welcome your suggestions, whether of links or in the form of original articles submitted to the editors.
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