Lawrence S. Wittner

lawrence wittnerDr. 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/

Guns and the Godly

Evangelicals Love Guns

Lawrence Wittner: If gun murders simply reflect a turning away from God, though, it’s hard to understand why gun violence is so much more prevalent in the United States than in other economically developed countries.

Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

Will Bernie Sanders Run

Lawrence Wittner: The recent announcement by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed “democratic socialist,” that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President raises the question of whether Americans will vote for a candidate with that political orientation.

Corporate Welfare Fails to Deliver the Jobs

Start-Up NY

Lawrence Wittner: For several decades, state and local governments have been showering private businesses with tax breaks and direct subsidies based on the theory that this practice fosters economic development and, therefore, job growth. But does it?

Who Are the Nuclear Scofflaws?

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Lawrence Wittner: To heighten the pressure for the abolition of nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament groups are staging a Peace and Planet mobilization, in Manhattan, on the eve of the NPT review conference.

10 Questions for Conservatives

Questions for Conservatives

Lawrence Wittner: Now that the Republican Party―the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics―has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

The $7 Million University President

Shirley Jackson RPI

Lawrence Wittner: As is the practice on other campuses, RPI employs a considerable number of adjunct faculty members―part-timers paid by the course, with pitiful salaries, no benefits, and no guarantee of employment beyond the semester in which they are teaching.

Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Defending American Freedom

Lawrence Wittner: U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

How Great Wealth Undermines Democracy

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Lawrence Wittner: Americans talk fondly of equality, but, to paraphrase a statement in George Orwell’s satire about another allegedly classless society, in this country some people are more equal than others.

America Is No. 1 — But in What?

America Number One

Lawrence Wittner: When most U.S. government discretionary spending goes for war and preparations for war, it should come as no surprise that the United States emerges No. 1 among nations in its capacity for violence and falls far behind other nations in providing for the well-being of its people.

Nationalist Illusions

Obama Taking On Isis

Lawrence Wittner: Ironically, American “leadership” of military operations in the Islamic world has not only done much to spark the creation of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups, but has destabilized and inflamed the entire region.