About Lawrence S. Wittner

Dr. Lawrence Wittner is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany. His latest book is a satirical novel about university life, "What’s Going On at UAardvark?” (Solidarity Press). He is a contributor to many sites, including Huntington News Network. His website: http://www.lawrenceswittner.com/

Why Do Campus Administrators Make So Much Money?

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Lawrence Wittner: Not surprisingly, the soaring income and numbers of administrators have led to their consuming an increasing share of the campus budget, thereby reducing the percentage spent on teaching and research.

Doom from the Depths

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Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.

Does War Have a Future?

The Future of War

Lawrence Wittner: The United States is a very wealthy nation, but when it spends 55 percent of its annual budget on the military, as it now does, it is almost inevitable that its education, health care, housing, parks and recreational facilities, and infrastructure will suffer.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

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Lawrence Wittner: As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. This deterioration resulted largely from the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty were replaced with adjuncts and contingents.

The Limits of Military Power

Is Military Power Useful

Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.

Greatest Immediate Threat to Mankind

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Lawrence Wittner: Today, some 17,300 nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of nine nations, and their use would not only dramatically exacerbate climate disruption, but would create almost unbelievable horrors caused by their enormous blast, immense firestorms, and radioactive contamination.

America’s Peace Ship

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Lawrence Wittner: Veterans for Peace hope to take the ship back to sea in 2014 on its new mission: “educating future generations on the importance of the ocean environment, the risks of nuclear technology, and the need for world peace.”

Inequality on Campus

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Underpaid Adjunct Professors: Underpaid adjunct faculty now comprise an estimated 74 percent of America’s college teachers.

America’s Endless Arms Race

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Arms Race — The failure of the nuclear nations to fulfill their own NPT obligations is appalling.

The American People and Support for War: When Will They Ever Learn?

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Americans and War –The shifting force in U.S. public opinion is the large number of people who gradually become fed up with the conflict.

Cultivating the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” at America’s Largest University

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State University of New York — The university’s new mission became evident when Andrew Cuomo began calling for a dramatic “culture shift”.

Raise the Minimum Wage

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Lawrence Wittner: The richest nation on earth has millions of full-time employees earning poverty-level wages while giant corporations and the wealthy amass trillions of dollars at these workers’ expense.

GE Too Big To Jail

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Lawrence Wittner: Can the world’s biggest corporations act with impunity? When it comes to General Electric (GE) — the eighth-largest U.S. corporation, with $146.9 billion in sales and $13.6 billion in profits in 2012 — the answer appears to be “yes.”

Eliminating Nuclear Weapons Just as Important as Eliminating Chemical Weapons

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Lawrence Wittner: Not only have nuclear disarmament negotiations between the United States and Russia apparently run aground, but none of the nuclear powers seems to take the rhetoric about a nuclear weapons-free world seriously.

The Syrian Problem — and an International Solution

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Lawrence Wittner: Unilateral U.S. military action seems likely to add to the bloodshed in Syria, worsen U.S. relations with the Syrian regime’s major arms supplier and defender (Russia), and further inflame the volatile Middle East.

Clinging to Mass Violence

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Lawrence Wittner: Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.

Still Preparing for Nuclear War

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Lawrence Wittner: This administration unwillingness to discard the immensely dangerous, outdated nuclear policies of the past flies in the face of public support for abolishing nuclear weapons

When Education Is a Business

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Lawrence Wittner: The sharply reduced government funding for public universities, the replacement of full-time faculty with low-wage, rootless adjuncts, the rapid development of mass, online courses for academic credit, and the increasingly pervasive corporate presence on campus all indicate more concern for the business-defined bottom line than for intellectual growth.

Corporate Welfare or Education?

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Lawrence Wittner: United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents 35,000 faculty and other professional staff on SUNY campuses, has been disturbed for years by the state government’s abandonment of its legal commitment to fund public higher education.

At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

Highly Paid Campus Administrators

Lawrence Wittner: Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

That’s Where the Money Goes

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Lawrence Wittner: Although studies have found that the United States ranks 17th among nations in education, 26th in infant mortality, and 37th in life expectancy and overall health, there is no doubt that it ranks first when it comes to war.

Lockheed Martin at the Trough

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Lawrence Wittner: At the very time when (thanks to sequestration) state governments are cutting back aid to low-income women and their children, the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars.

A Modest Proposal to House Republicans: Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget

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Lawrence Wittner: How many nuclear weapons are needed to “deter” another nation from attack? In short, the vast and enormously expensive U.S. nuclear weapons production complex is a Cold War dinosaur.

How Corporate Welfare Works in Maryland

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Lawrence Wittner: At this time of severe cutbacks in government funding for food stamps, early childhood education, and meals on wheels, some Maryland legislators are hard at work looking out for the welfare of one of the world’s wealthiest corporations.

Is the Obama Administration Abandoning Its Commitment to a Nuclear-Free World?

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Lasrence Wittner: People interested in removing the dangers posed by over 17,000 nuclear weapons around the globe might want to press the administration to honor its commitment to seek a nuclear-free world.

How Is Gun Control Like Arms Control?

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Lawrence Wittner: Even if one leaves aside the difficulty of distinguishing between “good” and “bad” people, there is copious evidence indicating that, all other things being equal, the more access people have to weapons, the more likely they are to use them.

The Midnight Swimmer

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Lawrence Wittner: In his latest novel, Edward Wilson — a U.S. Special Forces officer in the Vietnam War who subsequently became an expatriate, a British citizen, and a teacher in the UK — does help to illuminate the Cold War crisis of the early 1960s.

America’s Real Religion

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Lawrence Wittner: The recently-concluded Black Friday provided the occasion not only for an orgy of consumer spending, but for ferocious action by screaming mobs of shoppers who engaged in mass riots in their desperate attempts to obtain a variety of products.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

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Lawrence Wittner: Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

Albany County Issues a Peace Dividend Proclamation

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Lawrence Wittner: The legislature of Albany County, New York has approved a proclamation calling upon Congress to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, cut the U.S. military budget, and use the savings to fund vital public programs at home.

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