Gary Olson

Gary Olson, Ph.D. Is chair of the Political Science Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Contact: olsong@moravian.edu

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 9:00am
Philanthropy: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
Whenever I hear a powerful philanthropist piously proclaim, “I just wanted to give something back,” my first reaction is “Why not give it all back?” I say that because “giving back” is all about first taking away. Immense fortunes are derived from random luck, class background, tax avoidance...
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
Towards a 'Fair and Balanced' Autopsy Report for Aylan Kurdi
The heart-wrenching image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body, gently cradled in the arms of a Turkish police officer is the iconic photo from the refugee crisis in Europe. For me, Aylan’s resemblance to my two young grandsons made it impossible to banish the image from my mind or my...
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Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:45am
Are Some Cultures Better Than Others at Cultivating Empathy?
Today's pop quiz: Which of the following countries has the most medical professionals working in the world's poorest countries; has doctors who have performed 3 million free eye operations in 33 countries; created the world's largest medical school with 22,000 students; has a ratio of one physician...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 12:15pm
Don't Expect Clinton, GOP Candidates to Work for Social Justice
My car's bumper sticker reads "I'm ready for Oligarchy: the choice is clear. There is none." It's a truism that under our system, no one can be nominated or can win the presidency who isn't a shill for the billionaire class. Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will campaign as a...
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 1:00pm
Will Teach for Food
I recently asked my class on “U.S. Workers in the Global Economy,” what they knew about adjunct professors. One student hesitantly responded, “Aren’t they lawyers, judges, and other professionals who teach a course on the side because they like the experience?” This is a common misconception shared...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:00am
Can Capitalism Save Itself?
Today's pop quiz involves oxymorons, those often amusing contradictory two-word expressions like jumbo shrimp, amicable divorce and Fox News. Okay, which of the following oxymorons have gained favor within the higher ranks of finance and politics: a.) Moderated democracy b.) Humanitarian...
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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:30pm
CIA Torture and the Imperialist Toolbox
Last August, our Nobel Peace Laureate, President Barack Obama, admitted that “we tortured some folks,” but then added, this is “not who we are.” At best, his statement was a half-truth. First, it’s not “some” folks but massive numbers over a long and sordid history. State-sponsored torture has been...
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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 6:30am
Israeli Settlements Doom Two-State Solution
The occupied West Bank recently witnessed the biggest land grab in its 30-year history when Israel seized 990 acres belonging to five Palestinian villages to build 5,000 new housing units. Writing in Ha’aretz , Israel’s oldest newspaper, journalist Amira Hess called this latest annexation nothing...
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:00am
Want to Prevent PTSD? End Unbridled US Militarism
Because my 33​-​year-old father was on the verge of embarking for Europe and the allied invasion of Italy, my birth certificate reads: U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia. When he finally returned, PFC Lee Olson's decorations included a Purple Heart Medal for ​​shrapnel wounds suffered from a...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:43pm
Profiting from Climate Change
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