Gary Olson

Gary Olson, Ph.D., recently retired from the Political Science Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. Contact: olsong@moravian.edu

 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Political Struggle: Don't Take It Personally
Former President Barack Obama's $400,000 check from a Wall Street investment bank to give a one-hour speech is both a partial reward payment for previous services rendered and a graphic reminder of how our political system works. I was going to begin this op-ed by listing twenty-five of Barack...
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Deep State vs. President Trump
Corporate media like CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times , The Washington Post, and elements within the intelligence community are singing from the same hymnal in denouncing and demonizing President Trump and are not at all subtle in suggesting that only impeachment can "save democracy." Democratic...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Was the Orlando Massacre Another Chicken Coming Home to Roost?
We may never know the crucial determining factor or combination of factors responsible for Omar Mateen’s ghastly slaughter of 49 people and the wounding of 53 others at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Mainstream media pundits quickly cited LGBT bigotry, lax gun laws, failed FBI background checks, an...
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Friday, January 15, 2016
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 08, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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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