Roger Waters on War, Peace, and Art

August 19th, 2022 - by Roger Waters on War, Peace, and Art

This Is Not a Drill:
War, Peace, Art and Activism

Roger Waters / World BEYOND War

Topics include:

  • The repression of Julian Assange, free speech, and press freedom
  • Israeli military repression of Palestinians, and BDS
  • US perpetual war and militarism, and
  • The artist’s role in opposing each

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters joins David Swanson, Executive Director of World Beyond War and historian Todd Pierce in a rousing discussion of current events including the proxy war in Ukraine, the case of Julian Assange, Palestine, the media, and the role of art and music in activism.

The 78-year-old music icon, Waters is currently on a tour that he has dubbed the “This Is Not A Drill” tour which he says is intended to be part of a “global movement” driving home themes of war, poverty and injustice. The concerts are tantamount to a series of spectacular political rallies with tabling from Vets For Peace and other social justice groups.

Originally scheduled just prior to the US presidential elections in 2020, the tour was postponed due to the pandemic.

In a video announcing the tour, Waters said: “This tour will be part of a global movement by people who are concerned by others to affect the change that is necessary. That’s why we’re going on the road.” His passion comes through loud and clear in this discussion.

Roger Waters co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd in 1965, which he played with until 1985 after which he embarked on a solo career releasing several more albums. Roger is one of the highest grossing performers of all time.

David Swanson is an American anti-war activist, blogger and prolific author. He is a long time anti war tax activist and is the Executive Director of World Beyond War.

Major Todd Pierce (Retired) was with the US Army Judge Advocate General Corp and his job was to defend three of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He is a military historian and activist.

Thanks to:
Project for the Study of American Militarism,
World BEYOND War,
Women Against Military Madness,
Veterans For Peace,
Andy Worthington,
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste,,,
Canadian BDS Coalition,
Twin Cities Assange Defense,
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute,
DC Action for Assange

To see the entire unedited for a TV webinar go World BEYOND War and view below (Recorded Aug 8, 2022):

FStv Schedule:
8/22/22 Roger Waters: War, Peace, Art and Activism
•  6/27/22
Cold War Truth Commission part 7: War and the Global Power Elite
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