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.
Lawrence Wittner: Although polls indicate that most Americans favor raising taxes on the rich, regulating corporations, fighting climate change, and supporting labor unions, the Republican-dominated White House, Congress, Supreme Court, and regulatory agencies have moved in exactly the opposite direction.
Lawrence Wittner: In 2017, the U.S. government accounted for over a third of the world’s military expenditures―more than the next seven highest-spending countries combined.
Lawrence Wittner: Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster.
Lawrence Wittner: lthough the Trump administration inherited its nuclear weapons “modernization” program from its predecessor, that program―designed to provide new weapons for nuclear warfare, accompanied by upgraded or new facilities for their production―is constantly increasing in scope and cost.
Lawrence Wittner: Although it appears that some workers (a reported 4 percent) did receive pay raises thanks to the tax cuts, it’s estimated that corporations spent 88 times more on stock buybacks than on pay increases for workers.
Lawrence Wittner: This huge spike in the cost of a college education has had a devastating effect upon educational opportunity. Unable to afford college, many young people never attend it or drop out at some point.
Lawrence Wittner: The Establishment’s own foreign policy, conducted over the previous decades, was characterized by U.S.-dominated military alliances, soaring Pentagon budgets, and numerous wars.