Abolition of war. An age-old dream? Idealistic? Yes. But as the planet moves closer to destruction, we must abolish war. War and the threat of war. It’s an old story. Populations are subjected to propaganda. Fear is manufactured. We deploy our troops to fight around the world. At the beginning of the Cold War, Senator Arthur Vandenberg told President Harry Truman that if wanted a militarized U.S. he’d better “scare the hell out of American people.” That’s been Washington’s playbook ever since. Everywhere we look there are threats or potential threats. David Swanson is an activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and the author of War Is Never Just and Curing Exceptionalism. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.