Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:51 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: I Don’t Get It

I don’t get it. Political scientists tell us that the advantage of democracy is that the elected officials have to act for the benefit of most of the people. And if they don’t, they lose.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Management And Politics

Whenever something goes wrong, politicians demand someone get fired. If the Democrats are in charge the Republicans demand someone get fired and vice versa. There’s an Ebola outbreak in Africa and one person treated in a Texas hospital died, so fire the head of the national Center for Disease Control in Atlanta![1] Ambassador Stevens was killed in Benghazi so it must have been Clinton’s fault.[2] It’s easy to strike a pose of moral outrage, blame and action – fire so and so; it was on her watch. But then what?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Guns Versus PR In Palestine

Whenever I speak about Israel and Palestine, I get angry and anguished letters from both sides. I understand. The world is going to heck in so many ways – growing population, destroying our environment, killing each other – why not have a few dreams about the good life in the Middle East. Dreams are much more fun than reality. Only a few have the strength to look with clear eyes and at both sides.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Reactions To Obama And African-Americans

 Several people recently hopped the White House fence and were caught with weapons. Many treat Obama as if he can’t do anything right. Some insist they want him to lead while making it impossible to do that. From the beginning of Obama’s presidency, Republicans in Congress focused on bringing Obama down by blocking everything he did regardless of the merits. That’s unique in our recent history. He’s even been criticized for taking a vacation – though Obama has spent far less time on vacation than his predecessors – plural – and was obviously doing the job of governing even while taking some time with his family. What’s going on?

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: War On What - Crime Or The Poor?

  Many of us have realized that sending troops into some areas can be counter-productive. No matter how many the Israelis kill, more Palestinians prepare to fight them. Our boots on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan led many to take up arms against us. To them, we were the invaders.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Facts And Fiction

Professor Stephen Gottlieb discusses the gulf between political rhetoric and fact.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Hostility Toward Israel And Hostility Toward Jews

Some hostility toward Israel is just anti-Semitic. Some hostility toward Israel is Palestinian nationalism. Some is sympathy for the Palestinians generated by an enormously successful PR campaign. And some is self-inflicted. But all of us should be concerned. The policies of the Israeli government don’t represent me – nor should they. But they affect me.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: ISL And US Foreign Policy

America decided to deal with the Native Americans by war and exile. It took three centuries, as succeeding generations of Indians realized that the White Man would honor no treaty and give them no peace.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: A View Of The Ballot

I got on line the other night to see what to expect at the voting booth today. We have all been hearing about the primary races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, although polls tell us that lots of people haven’t heard of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, or if they’ve heard the names don’t know why. That’s clearly not true of WAMC listeners. But what else is on the ballot? Actually plenty.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Forcing Us To Live In An Immoral World

We are increasingly being forced to live in an immoral world. The radical wrong has hijacked the very idea of morality so that it no longer has anything to do with helping our neighbor. We're not supposed to lift a collective finger for our fallen fellow citizens. Nothing for the unemployed, nothing for people who have been defrauded out of their homes, nothing for unions, and no taxes from those who benefit most from America's wealth – and who are coincidentally disinvesting in America.

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