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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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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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:45am
The United States is No. 1 – But in What?
American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Is there any evidence for this claim? Well, yes. When it comes to violence and preparations for violence, the United States is, indeed, No. 1. In 2013, according to a report by the...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:15am
US Empire and Nationalist Illusions
After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? To judge by President Barack Obama’s televised address on the evening of September 10, it is not. Discussing his plan to “take out” ISIS,...
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Students in Montreal took to the streets in the spring of 2012 to demand their right to a free education. (File: public domain) Views
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:30am
University Presidents Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Is economic inequality growing in American higher education? A report just issued by the Institute for Policy Studies― The One Percent at State U ―indicates that it is. Surveying public universities, the report finds that the 25 highest-paid presidents increased their income by a third between...
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Was there ever a single helicopter that said more about the usefulness of America's military might? (Photo: wikimedia commons) Views
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 2:30pm
The Limits of US Military Power
Is overwhelming national military power a reliable source of influence in world affairs? If so, the United States should certainly have plenty of influence today. For decades, it has been the world’s Number 1 military spender. And it continues in this role. According to a recent report by the...
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:16pm
The Endless Arms Race
It’s heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.
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Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:14pm
Raise the Minimum Wage
Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage.
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Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:31am
Acting with Impunity: The Case of General Electric
Can the world’s biggest corporations act with impunity? When it comes to General Electric (GE) -- the eighth largest U.S. corporation, with $146.9 billion in sales and $13.6 billion in profits in 2012 -- the answer appears to be “yes.”
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 12:01pm
Eliminating Nuclear Weapons is Just as Important as Eliminating Chemical Weapons
The apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 7:14am
America’s Public University System: Corporate Welfare or Education?
“ Who needs the Cayman Islands? ” That’s how a May 22 New York Times article began as it described “Tax-Free NY,” a plan zealously promoted by New York State’s Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo.
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