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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

  • There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.
  • Related: From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018.

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June 24, 2018 | There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending, meaning the spending that Congress members decide on each year. It is also, by my very rough estimate, the topic of well under 1% of the discussions of government spending engaged in by candidates for Congress. Most Democrats running for Congress this year have websites that don’t even acknowledge the existence of foreign policy, beyond expressing their passionate love for veterans. They’re campaigning for 40% of a job.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos
Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.


  • From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon
  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture.
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
  • Related: Torture Is Who We Are
  • Related: Altruism and Sadism in Public Polic

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Paul McCartney brought James Corden to tears with the story behind 'Let It Be.'

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Watch the full video below, free your tears, feel the full spectrum of your emotions, and then get to work making the‌‌ world the awesome place we all know it can be.

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June 22, 2018 | Imagine you're sitting in a pub and Sir Paul McCartney walks in.

That's exactly what happened when he guested on an episode of "Carpool Karaoke." The legendary performer rolled through his hometown of Liverpool with host James Corden, sharing memories of the city, surprising fans in his favorite pub, and bringing all of us a badly needed emotional release with his music.

Mark Shrayber: I’m a San Francisco-based writer with a love of all thing things pop culture and a background in mental health. My favorite stories to write are ones that center on relationships, identity, and how we can make the world a better place.

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Series | Make America Kind Again.

Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Sarah Thebarge, Patheos   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button to the right to make a contribution and support our work. 20, 2018 | It’s World Refugee Day.

There are more displaced people today than there have ever been in the history of the world.

It’s World Refugee Day.

People are fleeing unspeakable violence, starvation, genocide, rape,

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker, blogger,journalist and author on a journey of bringing emotional, spiritual and physical healing to our broken, beautiful world.

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