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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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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Monday, November 02, 2015
Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life
The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’s description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic...
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Monday, September 21, 2015
After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers also Play by the Rules?
When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons. But the NPT —which was ratified in 1968 and which went into force in 1970—has two...
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Monday, August 31, 2015
Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War
In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “ I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier .” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper...
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