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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"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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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Playing Nuclear "Chicken" With Our Lives
What kind of civilization have we developed when two mentally unstable national leaders, in an escalating confrontation with each other, threaten one another―and the world―with nuclear war? That question arises as a potentially violent showdown emerges between Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Donald...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
How Much Is a Boss Worth?
An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives. As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are overpaid. This public dismay with CEO compensation exists despite the fact that Americans...
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?
I n recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. "The fact that both Trump and Kim are being 'messed with' despite their possession of very powerful...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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
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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