Lawrence Wittner

Lawrence Wittner

Dr. Lawrence S. Wittner  is Professor of History Emeritus at SUNY/Albany and the author of Confronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press). (https://www.lawrenceswittner.com/

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing
Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly...
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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. (Photo: Scott Howe/DVIDS) Views
Friday, July 17, 2020
Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing
Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The U.S. government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly...
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But extinction or, at best, mass misery, need not be humanity’s fate. (Photo: CC) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Humanity Is an Endangered Species. Can We Do What it Takes to Save Ourselves?
Have you noticed recently that things are collapsing? Sure, the rightwing, nationalist rulers of many countries never stop telling us that they have made their nations “great” again. But we would have to be dislocated from reality not to notice that something is wrong―very wrong. After all, the...
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Great military and economic power does not guarantee a country’s happiness. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The World’s Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive
Long before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic left people around the world desperate for survival, a popular assumption emerged that national governments are also supposed to promote the happiness and well-being of their citizens. This idea was expressed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence...
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As president, Trump has not only displayed a remarkable contempt for truth, law, civil liberties, the poor, civil rights, and women’s rights, but catered to the wealthy, the corporations, white supremacists, and religious fanatics. (Photo: mathiaswasick/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, January 06, 2020
A Historian Reflects on the Return of Fascism
Back in 1941, the year of my birth, fascism stood on the brink of conquering the world. During the preceding decades, movements of the Radical Right―mobilized by demagogues into a cult of virulent nationalism, racial and religious hatred, and militarism―had made great strides in nations around the...
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A B53 nuclear bomb at the Pantex facility in Texas. (Photo: NNSA/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 29, 2019
Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates: How About Raising the Issue of How to Avert Nuclear War?
You mass media folks lead busy lives, I’m sure. But you must have heard something about nuclear weapons―those supremely destructive devices that, along with climate change, threaten the continued existence of the human race. Yes, thanks to popular protest and carefully-crafted arms control and...
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Most Americans Actually Reject Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy
As president, Donald Trump has leaned heavily upon what he’s called an “America First” policy. This nationalist approach involves walking away from cooperative agreements with other nations and relying instead upon a dominant role for the United States, undergirded by military might, in world...
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Sunday, March 24, 2019
What Democatic Socialism Is... And What It Is Not
In recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialist” brush , contending that the adoption of socialist policies will transform the United States into a land of dictatorship and poverty. In fact, though, like many of Trump’s other...
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This policy of reconciliation is far from the one promoted by the U.S. government. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?
The Trump administration’s campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized...
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Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty in 1987. (Photo: Wikipedia) Views
Friday, February 08, 2019
Don’t Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They’re Pushed to Do So
At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race. On February 1, the U.S. government , charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the...
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