Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:54 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Settler War In Palestine

Returning from a meeting of historians, I’ve been thinking about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict in historical terms. Israeli settlers in the West Bank are reminiscent of the movement of settlers to our own Indian frontier until the frontier was closed in the 20th century. Settler conflict with Native Americans over land and atrocities on both sides was continual. This isn’t the whole story but it is important.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Madame Butterfly

  I’ve been away for a week while conflict heated up in the Middle East. But all week I’ve been thinking about a different form of grief, death and cultural conflict.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Religion, Health, Corporations, And The Court

Last week the Supreme Court decided, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA, that Hobby Lobby, and other closely held profit making corporations, could claim religious exemptions from federal law, and they could withhold some forms of contraception from their health plans.[i]

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Anti-Union Court

The Court decided yesterday in Harris v. Quinn that at least some of the employees who work under a collective bargaining agreement don't have to share in the costs of negotiating that agreement. The Court says it violated their First Amendment rights. How many unions and employees it will apply to is still unclear but this is not the first move the Roberts Court has made in that direction.[i] Sometimes the patterns matter much more than the individual decisions, whether good or bad.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Band-Aids Or Systemic Change?

Let me try to put some things in perspective. I spent a decade in the Legal Service Program which provides lawyers for the poor, first as a store-front lawyer, then in the management of programs or running a clinic. One of the recurring issues we used to debate was whether to focus on what we called “Band-Aids” or systemic change.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: For A Better Education

A recent headline read, “Slow Common Core.” For quite a long time there has been a backlash against anything viewed as “too tough” for our kids. That is a tendency of living in a democracy. Anything tough for our kids is bad but at the same time they have to get a fabulous education that will equip them for life’s challenges. So the solution is teachers who can make everyone learn painlessly. And therefore, if anything goes wrong it’s the teacher’s fault, not the student’s.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Cooperation Required For Major Health Threats

First, it’s so good to have WAMC back doing regular programming. Congratulations all.

Many stations try to give us “news you can use,” by which they mean the things we can do for ourselves. But the things that really matter are the things that require our cooperation.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: An Oasis Of Sanity

This station is an oasis of sanity in a suicidal world.

So many people refuse to let the reality of climate change seep into their comfortable thoughts. But sealing their minds against reality will not keep it at bay. Changes are coming, and the more we close our minds and eyes the more serious it will be. We and our children and grandchildren are the hostages to the foolishness of our generation. This has got to stop.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Is Environmental Catastrophe Ringing From The Pulpit?

Let me lead with a question – Is the threat of environmental catastrophe ringing from every pulpit and ethical organization in the country? If not, why not? The Bible records many prophets and the price of ignoring them. Surely making clear the moral and religious imperative of preventing catastrophe is a basic function, a duty of the clergy.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Threat of Self-Styled Armed Militias

Some of us remember having to sign loyalty oaths. In the language of the U.S. Supreme Court, one had to swear that he or she had not “advocate[d] the overthrow of government by force, violence, or any unlawful means.”

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