Lawrence Wittner

Lawrence S. Wittner is professor of history emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about the corporatization of higher education, 'What Going On at UAardvark?'

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 10:15am
The Other Big Surprise of 2016 Is the Return of Democratic Socialism
Democratic socialism used to be a vibrant force in American life. During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Socialist Party of America , headed by the charismatic union leader, Eugene V. Debs, grew rapidly, much like its sister parties in Europe and elsewhere: the British Labour...
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Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
Almost a Century Ago, Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States—from His Prison Cell
In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders’s long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs , waged his own campaigns for the presidency. Debs began his political career as a labor leader. Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, he...
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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 1:15pm
Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life
The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’s description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic...
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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 4:00pm
After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers also Play by the Rules?
When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons. But the NPT —which was ratified in 1968 and which went into force in 1970—has two...
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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 7:00am
Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War
In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “ I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier .” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper...
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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 1:00pm
Are Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament Agreements of Any Value?
The recent announcement of a nuclear deal between the governments of Iran and other major nations, including the United States, naturally draws our attention to the history of international nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements. What accounts for their advent on the world scene and what...
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Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 8:15am
What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?
Are Americans disturbed about growing economic inequality in the United States? Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown , but favor greater economic equality. A Gallup...
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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 5:45am
Will the US Government Stand Alone in Rejecting Children’s Rights?
Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child . Sometimes called “the most ratified human rights treaty in history,” the Convention has been ratified by 195 nations , leaving the...
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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:45am
Ten Questions for Conservatives
Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism. Conservatives have performed some useful services...
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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:00am
Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?
U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties. Shortly after the United States entered...
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