Lawrence Wittner: Although President Donald Trump has claimed that “inequality is down,” federal data released this year show that, in 2018, the nation’s income inequality reached the highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began measuring it five decades before.
Lawrence Wittner: Despite Sanders’ personal popularity and the popularity of the programs he advocates, large numbers of Americans―especially from older generations―remain uneasy about “socialism.”
Lawrence Wittner: Internationalism has long been anathema to the political Right, where a primitive tribalism and its successor, nationalism, have flourished for many years.
Lawrence Wittner: Trump has never been enthusiastic about increasing the pay of America’s workers. “Our wages are too high,” the billionaire businessman complained back in November 2015, during his campaign for the presidency
Lawrence Wittner: Although big money has always played an important role in U.S. political campaigns, its influence has been growing over the past decade.
Lawrence Wittner: Among those American students who do manage to attend college, the soaring cost of higher education is channeling them away from their studies and into jobs that will help cover their expenses.
Lawrence Wittner: On September 25, 1961, dismayed by the Soviet Union’s recent revival of nuclear weapons testing, John F. Kennedy used the occasion of his address to the United Nations to challenge the Russians “not to an arms race, but to a peace race.”
Lawrence Wittner: Vieques is now a major Superfund Site, with cancer and other disease rates substantially higher than in the rest of Puerto Rico. Also, with its traditional economy destroyed, the island suffers from widespread poverty.
Lawrence Wittner: The reaction of the American public to Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from key international agreements has been hostile.
Lawrence Wittner: The ideal of socialism goes back deep into human history and, at its core, is based on the notion that wealth should be shared more equitably between the rich and the poor.
Lawrence Wittner: Unfortunately, the U.S. government has violated these principles of international law many times in the past―toppling or attempting to topple numerous governments.
Lawrence Wittner: The rulers of nations, especially “the great powers,” are rarely interested in limiting their access to powerful weapons of war, including nuclear weapons.
Lawrence Wittner: While nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements crumble, a major nuclear weapons buildup is underway by all nine nuclear powers.