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Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

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Lawrence Wittner

Lawrence Wittner

Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner  is Professor of History Emeritus at SUNY/Albany and the author of "Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement" (2009).

Articles by this author

 

Imagine a World With US-China Cooperation

Working together, they could exercise enormous influence in world affairs.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020

The existence of widespread poverty in the world's mightiest military powers raises the question of what could have been done to alleviate or eliminate it, if during 2020 they had not poured nearly $1.1 trillion into preparations for war.

Lawrence Wittner ·


The U.S. Government Should Promote the General Welfare

After years of Republican governance or obstructionism, it's refreshing when the U.S. government actually lives up to its promise of promoting the welfare of the entire society, rather than a privileged few.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

"The nuclear testing now being considered by the Trump administration is designed with the same purpose that weapons have traditionally had in world affairs: to intimidate other nations."

Lawrence Wittner ·


Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

There is no military necessity for nuclear test resumption.

Lawrence Wittner ·


Humanity Is an Endangered Species. Can We Do What it Takes to Save Ourselves?

Although there is not much time left before the world succumbs to one or more catastrophes, human beings have been able to alter their behavior and institutions before.

Lawrence Wittner ·


The World’s Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive

Perhaps it’s time for the citizens of the "great powers" to ask themselves if they are truly benefiting from the much-vaunted military and economic strength of their nations.

Lawrence Wittner ·


A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism

I have seen millions of people, in the United States and around the globe, turn the tide against fascism when, some eight decades ago, it threatened to engulf the world. Let’s hope they can do it again. 

Lawrence Wittner ·

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