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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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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Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946, which was part of Operation Crossroads. (image/cc) Views
Saturday, January 26, 2019
As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety
Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real...
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Three billionaire families--the Kochs, the Mercers, and the Adelsons--played a central role in bankrolling the Republican Party’s shift to the far Right and its takeover of federal and state offices. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, January 07, 2019
Do We Really Need Billionaires?
In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories. Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year. Americans led the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland...
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Sunday, December 30, 2018
The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization
Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018: “The United States has the strongest military in the world,” with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most...
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Sunday, December 09, 2018
Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal
Although a widespread movement has developed to fight climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster—yet.
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Thanks to the Trump administration’s plan to upgrade the three legs of the U.S. nuclear triad and build new cruise and ballistic missiles, the estimated cost of the U.S. nuclear buildup rose in February 2018 to $2 trillion.   (Photo:US Department of Defense) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons
In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1 , with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass...
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President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan claimed that it would result in wage gains for American workers ranging from $4,000 to $9,000 each. But, in reality, nothing like that has materialized. (Photo: @srbija_eu/Twitter) Views
Monday, October 08, 2018
What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised By Republicans?
The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation)...
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