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.
Antiwar.com is one project of our parent foundation, the Randolph
Bourne Institute. It is a program that provides a sounding board
of interest to all who are concerned about U.S. foreign policy and
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.
The pressing need for "citizen experts" is the reason 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 such
The founders 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 offer 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
Forged 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.
Antiwar.com represents the truly pro-America side of the foreign policy
debate. With our focus on a less centralized government and freedom
at home, we consider ourselves the real 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.
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
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and we welcome your suggestions, whether of links or in the form of
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Antiwar.com is a ward of the nonprofit Randolph
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Your contributions, whether a one-time donation or a monthly pledge,
will make the difference between success and failure. While the propaganda
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