Lawrence Wittner

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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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Trump's Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There's a Better Alternative Than the Establishment's Version
Since the advent of the Trump administration, American progressives have been aghast at its narrow, nationalist approach to world affairs. But many of them should also be uneasy at the American establishment’s defense of its more traditional foreign policy. Trump “America First” approach has...
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Sunday, July 08, 2018
Has Democratic Socialism a Future in American Politics?
Recently, when 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , an obscure, upfront democratic socialist from the Bronx, easily defeated one of the most powerful U.S. Congressmen in the Democratic primary, the story became an overnight sensation. How, the pundits wondered, could this upset have occurred?...
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Monday, March 12, 2018
Although 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Increasing US Military Spending, the US Government Is Boosting It to Record Levels
Early in February, the Republican-controlled Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed new federal budget legislation that increased U.S. military spending by $165 billion over the next two years. Remarkably, though, a Gallup public opinion poll , conducted only days before, found that only...
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"Increasing the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for nearly nine years, would lift millions of workers out of poverty." (Photo: Fight for 15) Views
Monday, February 19, 2018
The Trump Administration’s War on Workers
When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Today, though, safely ensconced in the White House, President Trump is waging a fierce campaign against American...
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Why the 'Merchants of Death' Survive and Prosper
During the mid-1930s, a best-selling exposé of the international arms trade , combined with a U.S. Congressional investigation of munitions-makers led by Senator Gerald Nye, had a major impact on American public opinion. Convinced that military contractors were stirring up weapons sales and war for...
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"But the total takeover of the U.S. government by the Republican Party, occasioned by the GOP sweep in the 2016 elections, has produced a disaster for the peace movement―and for anyone concerned about building a peaceful world." (Photo: Cleo Leng/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, December 04, 2017
The Peace Movement and Electoral Politics
Although the U.S. peace movement has been on the wane for about a decade, it remains a viable force in American life. Organizations like Peace Action , the American Friends Service Committee , Physicians for Social Responsibility , the Fellowship of Reconciliation , Jewish Voice for Peace , and...
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Despite rising economic inequality in the United States, Congress has kept the minimum wage stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Views
Monday, October 30, 2017
Problems of the Super-Rich
Based on recent economic developments, the super-rich don’t have much to complain about. A study just released by UBS , a major global financial services company, has revealed that, during 2016, the total wealth of the world’s billionaires rose by 17 percent―from $5.1 trillion to $6.0 trillion...
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To leave the world’s future in the hands of nationalist blowhards or even prudent practitioners of traditional national statecraft will simply continue the drift toward catastrophe. Views
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Should Limiting North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Be the Responsibility of the U.S. Government?
In recent months, advances in the North Korean government’s nuclear weapons program have led to a sharp confrontation between the government leaders of the United States and of North Korea. This August, President Donald Trump declared that any more threats from North Korea “will be met with fire...
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A Negotiated Curbing of North Korea's Nuclear Capabilities Is Good, But Not Good Enough
The North Korean government’s progress toward developing a long-range nuclear weapons capability, accompanied by bellicose pronouncements, has been alarming enough to spark worldwide public dismay and new sanctions by a unanimous UN Security Council. But even if, at the very best, sanctions (which...
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
World Citizenship Is More Popular Than You Might Think
Has nationalism captured the hearts and minds of the world's people? It certainly seems to have emerged as a powerful force in recent years. Trumpeting their alleged national superiority and hatred of foreigners, political parties on the far right have made their biggest political advances since...
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