“Modern man,” mused Martin Luther King, Jr., “suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance.”
Lawrence Wittner: Angered by the collapse of progress toward a nuclear weapons-free world, civil society organizations and non-nuclear nations joined together to press for the adoption of an international treaty banning nuclear weapons…
Lawrence Wittner: Although “Star Wars” was never built, the fantastic dream of a missile shield took hold in Congress, which began to pour billions of dollars into variants of this program.
Lawrence Wittner: National security was to be replaced by international security, thereby reducing aggression and military intervention by individual nations.
Lawrence Wittner: Although changes in public policy could close the widening pension gap, such changes do not seem likely to occur while a zealously pro-corporate party controls the White House, Congress, and the courts.
Lawrence Wittner: Although racial, religious, and foreign minorities served as targets for political abuse throughout American history, African Americans were particularly useful along these lines.
Lawrence Wittner: Currently, the U.S. government plans to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to refurbish the entire U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Is this really affordable?
Lawrence Wittner: If military spending were increased to $690 billion and other areas were cut to fund this increase, the military would receive roughly 63 percent of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending.
Lawrence Wittner: A UN committee, the innocuously-named Open-Ended Working Group, voted to recommend to the UN General Assembly that it mandate the opening of negotiations in 2017 on a treaty to ban them.
Lawrence Wittner: Although the Sanders forces didn’t obtain all they wanted in their negotiations with the Clinton campaign, they did secure an avant garde platform.
Lawrence Wittner: The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest.
Lawrence Wittner: America’s major military rivals, China and Russia, spend only a small fraction of what the United States does on its armed forces―in China’s case about a third and in Russia’s case about a ninth.
Lawrence Wittner: In December 2011, a startling 31 percent of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center said that they had a positive reaction to the word “socialism,” with young people, Blacks, and Hispanics showing the greatest enthusiasm.