About Steve Hochstadt

Steve Hochstadt is professor of history at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and author of Sources of the Holocaust (2004) and Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (2012), both from Palgrave Macmillan. He writes a weekly column for the Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier and blogs for the History News Network. "His latest work is presented at www.stevehochstadt.com."

Russia Has Lost Ukraine

Russia Lost Ukraine

Steve Hochstadt: It turns out that Republicans anxious to score partisan points against the President, the same Republicans who cheered President Bush on when he invaded Iraq, offer only dangerous foreign policy ideas.

Let’s Cut Our Taxes — Sensibly

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Norman Solomon: When a drone or cruise missile implements an assumed right to snuff out a life, without a semblance of due process, the presidential emulation of divine intervention is implicit.

Who, and What, the Tea Party Likes

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Steve Hochstadt: The tea party is nothing like their namesakes. They do not believe that all men have inalienable rights. Only they have the right to say what is right.

What Makes a Perfect Politician?

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Steve Hochstadt: Warren has been fighting for American families for decades, lately as the most public advocate for protecting us from the clever tactics of money lenders trying to squeeze a few more dollars from average families.

Blindness and Science

Climate Change Denial

Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.

The American System of Racism

American System of Racism

Steve Hochstadt: We remember a bee sting for a long time. A dozen bee stings change how a person thinks about insects. The daily stings of racism over a lifetime, a generation, several centuries have determined the painful relations between black and white in America.

Too Much Talk About Taxes

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Steve Hochstadt: Our conversations about government all seem to revolve around whether the tax rate is high or low, or who should pay more or less. We need to talk more about what we want government to do.

Putting People in Boxes

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Steve Hochstadt: Putting all your political opponents into a box labeled “stupid,” “unpatriotic” or any other nasty characterization is a substitute for thinking.

Springtime in the Garden

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Steve Hochstadt: Springtime means hope. Will there be more blossoms than last year? Will life get better? Unexpected blooms and unforeseen popular movements erupt in spring

Politicians Who Hate Government

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Steve Hochstadt: These Republican fair weather friends of Cliven Bundy don’t hate government – they only hate liberal government, government in the hands of their Democratic opponents, who have won recent elections. But they are playing a dangerous game by attacking “government” in general and supporting armed rebels who reject federal authority.

Will Right-Wing Warmongerers Gin Up Another Foolhardy War?

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Steve Hochstadt: The genuine ignorance of the American public about world affairs is troubling. The willful ignorance of our political leaders about the consequences of their political posturing is deadly.

Making Girls Into Women

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Steve Hochstadt: To those who want to mold little girls into their narrow vision of what women should be, who anxiously search for any signs of “immorality”, it’s never too early to wield the sword of discipline on deviators.

Payday Loans: How All Those ‘Theories’ Really Work

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Steve Hochstadt: Add it all up. Republican legislators try to prevent the government from protecting citizens from payday vultures, use payday money to tilt elections so they can eviscerate any possible regulations, while making it more difficult for the poor and minorities to vote.

Black and White in a Small Midwestern Town

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Steve Hochstadt: Many local whites did business at Norvell’s Shoe Repair, but did not challenge the system that kept the Norvells out of local restaurants.

The Choices My Mother Must Face

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Steve Hochstadt: If she could take a pill and pass away, would she? I don’t know and won’t ask. Probably not, because she has always let others make the big decisions for her. So she’s waiting for natural processes to run their course.

Ukraine Without Crimea?

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Ukraine Without Crimea: If the loss of Crimea is the price for Ukrainian independence from Russia, that would be well worth paying.

Who Is the Tea Party, Anyway?

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Tea Party Candidates: These older, overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians believe America is in a downward spiral toward socialism.

The Privilege of My Whiteness

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White Privilege in America: The privilege of having white skin is that I will be treated as any person should be treated: with respect.

Talking with Another American

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Today’s angry Americans are wrong. Not because of their political principles, but because they won’t listen to those with other ideas.

Tough Luck for Small Business

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Small Business — The trouble is that rhetoric pays no bills. Private lenders have favored big business lately.

Do Poor People Deserve Help?

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Do Poor People Deserve Help — Americans who reject public help for our poor embrace those myths which seem to justify their selfishness.

The Myth of Political Correctness

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Political Correctness — Shouting about political correctness has become ingrained in conservative criticism of America.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

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Poverty And America — If the US is the greatest nation on earth, then why do we allow such misery to continue generation after generation?

Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma City Bombing — In carefully planned rows facing the pool, sit 168 empty chairs with the names of everyone killed that day.

Is There a Perfect Gift?

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Perfect Gift — Much better was the photograph of a Wisconsin barn from our children and their partners, framed in barn wood.

What Kind of Post Office?

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Steve Hochstadt: We need a better national conversation about what public services we need and want. Cost is one of the issues, but not the only one.

How History Has Changed

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Gender Balance in Academia — The unquestioned dominance of white men in America is long gone, in the history profession in particular.

Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

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Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.

The Disadvantage of Being White

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Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.

The Website That Didn’t Work

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Steve Hochstadt: The Obama administration failed to deliver what it promised. Republican obstructionism contributed to the failure. But now more people who are eligible are enrolling for Medicaid. People who have signed up are already saving money on insurance.

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