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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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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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:56pm
Sadness and Anger at the 9/11 Memorial
I recently visited the new, but still unfinished, 9/11 Memorial in New York City to remember Noel Foster, my former student and
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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 9:54am
Washington's Egyptian Nightmare
As I watch events unfolding on the streets of Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and elsewere in the region I'm reminded of a summer I spent in Egypt studying Arabic language and Middle East politics at The American University in Cairo. For a time I was booked into the upscale Shepheard Hotel (on the Fulbright Commission's dime) on the banks of the Nile in downtown Cairo. Over the course of several weeks I came to know Mohammed, my regular breakfast server, and learned that he had a Ph.D.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 10:08am
Obama’s First Nine Months: Change We Can Believe In?
In the 2009 film The Messenger, we follow two officers from the Casualty Notification Office from Fort Dix, New Jersey as they knock on doors to inform relatives of loved ones recently killed in action in Iraq. These scenes are almost unbearable to watch as we witness the reactions to this heartbreaking news. It struck me that these emotionally affecting scenes on screen are as as close as most of us get to the grim reality of war.
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