Stephen Gottlieb

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Global Warming And Human Politics

I just got back from Chicago where I attended a national meeting of political scientists.  One of them described at length the local, national and international barriers to doing anything about climate change.  His basic point was that those whose livelihood seemed to depend on activities that are bringing on climate change  are strategically placed to prevent the rest of us from doing anything.  His point is that to make anything happen  it would be necessary to make people come to think about what they are doing as wrong  in the teeth of evidence that it is good for them in their own lifetimes.  That also makes them totally resistant to the idea that climate change is happening,  that human activity is a substantial cause of the change, that it will do any damage  and that it is worth dealing with.  Ouch for the rest of us.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Economics, Lawyers And The Risk To American Democracy

Ever notice that I frequently talk about economics. What’s a lawyer doing talking about economics? I did read and study economics but there are other reasons why economic issues are dear to this heart.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Ukraine – The Cold War Again?

There has been a lot of loose talk about how to deal with Russia over Ukraine. Some people think Obama should be, or sound, tougher – or more careful. Toughness is mostly about impressing the home audience, and getting people fired up. But it has nothing to do with what actually has to happen, what the choices or consequences are – it’s all about posturing. Foreign affairs is not a simplistic referendum on “toughness,” and the avatars of toughness should be laughed out of the public space.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Let's Understand The Argument About Balancing The Budget

When the Bush Administration took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, they decided not to pay for those wars with taxes. In fact they insisted on giving people tax breaks, including those for whom war taxes would not have affected their lifestyles. The well-understood consequence was that someone else would pay for the wars. At the time the talk was that the next generation would have to pay.

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

Stephen Gottlieb: Should We Care About The Fate Of Prisoners?

 Should we care about the fate of prisoners?

A number of listeners have been raising that question in the wake of WAMC reports of lack of medical care in prisons, and my support for Cuomo’s position about educating prisoners.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Big Data

In the wake of the revelations of the extent of our government’s collection of information from our phone calls, there has been a good deal of discussion about whether that is a problem. Most people feel safe if they did nothing wrong. They have NO idea!

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Prisoners And The Price Of Anger

People are angrily attacking Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to provide a college education for some prisoners in order to put them on a path toward more constructive, and law abiding, lives.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Environmental Degradation As Murder

I don’t think of myself as a motivational speaker. I try to explain, and hope my commentaries provide helpful explanations. But this time, I want to challenge and motivate everyone to take strong action on the environmental catastrophe facing us.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Carbon Certificates And Global Warming

I was proud and delighted during the fund drive to find Joe Donahue and this station helping to prevent 600 tons of carbon emissions by offering carbon certificates so that the big power companies could not get the permissions those certificates represented to pollute our atmosphere.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Chemical Contamination in West Virginia

Before moving to Albany thirty-five years ago, we lived in Morgantown, West Virginia – a university town and a mining town. We knew people in both worlds. Our daughter was only seven, but after we moved she got letters from a little friend there who was the son of a miner. Miners lived all around.

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