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.
Lawrence Wittner: In 1964, the top marginal tax rate was reduced to 70 percent, in 1982 to 50 percent, and, in 1988, to 28 percent.
Lawrence Wittner: The rise in American life of a rapacious corporate capitalism, a widening level of economic inequality, and the sharply rightwing policies of many states and the federal government are clearly inspiring a revolt on the Left.
Lawrence Wittner: Trump himself, of course, has not only displayed an alarmingly high level of mental instability, impulsiveness, and vindictiveness, but a rather cavalier attitude toward using nuclear weapons.
Lawrence Wittner: Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans have reached new and dazzling heights of prosperity.
merica’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Although “happiness” is rarely referred to by today’s government officials, the general assumption in the United States and elsewhere is that governments are supposed to be fostering the happiness of their citizens. Against this backdrop, it’s worth […]
Lawrence Wittner: Although two out of three Americans oppose increasing Military spending, the U.S. government is boosting it to record levels.
Lawrence Wittner: Given the central role that organized labor plays in defending workers’ rights, it’s hardly surprising that the Trump administration has sought to weaken American unions.
Lawrence Wittner: Past generations of Americans saw soldiers as ordinary human beings. They were like the rest of us: big and small, smart and dumb, capable of good and bad choices. Today, we pretend they are demi-gods.
Lawrence Wittner: The greatest single weapons market remains the United States, for this country ranks first among nations in military spending, with 36 percent of the global total.
Lawrence Wittner: With the 2018 Congressional elections occurring in less than a year, the peace movement has the opportunity to enhance its leverage over U.S. public policy.