Video of Online Debate: Can War Ever Be Justified?

By World BEYOND War, May 4, 2024

Is Large-Scale Violence Ever a Better Choice Than Nonviolent Action?

Arguing that war can never be justified was David Swanson, an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of World BEYOND War and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and U.S. Peace Prize recipient.

Arguing that war can be justified was Jared Ball, a Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and author of The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power. Ball is also host of the podcast “iMiXWHATiLiKE!”, co-founder of Black Power Media which can be found at, and his decades of journalism, media, writing, and political work can be found at

Moderating was Youri Smouter, host of 1+1, a topical history and current affairs program on his YouTube channel 1+1 hosted by Youri Smouter. He is based in Southern Belgium and is a left-wing media critic, NGO critic, anti-imperialist, an advocate for Indigenous solidarity and a Native Lives Matter movement and socially liberal thinker.

4 Responses

  1. I am not happy that I missed the live debate due the calculation of the time. At 6 pm local time here Abuja Nigeria, I joined waiting to be accepted, but not. I suggest time for such events should be specific. Here we pay huge for Internet connection. Watching recordings with YouTube cost much than live participation.

    1. Very sorry that happened. The time was announced for months and was just as specific as any other time. That’s good and new information to know that watching the recording costs more. If there’s a way to make it cheaper to watch the recording please let us know.

    2. On YouTube, you can change options (check the gear icon) to reduce resolution quality or increase playback speed. This should help with the time and bandwidth you use – even compared with watching a Zoom meeting live.

  2. I really loved this. I thought it was brilliant. I believe in non violence but I can’t say to anybody else how they should behave, especially when they are suffering a lot of violence and oppression. Thank you.

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