Steve Hochstadt

steve hochstadtSteve 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."

Who Cares About Corruption?

Widespread Political Corruption

Steve Hochstadt: Because the ability of the wealthy to buy American elections through campaign contributions is legal, it does not count in international comparisons of corruption.

Israel and Academics

Israel Palestine Conflict

Steve Hochstadt: Academics, and anyone else, who ignores the murderous behavior of both sides contributes to further polarization. I despair of ever seeing peace come to the one place where Jews are not a minority.

Giving Thanks

Paying It Forward

Steve Hochstadt: The less we take for granted, the more we will say “thanks”, the more appreciation is spread to another person, the more joy in giving is shared. Good givers don’t need thanks, but always appreciate them.

Technology Versus Jobs

Online Education Drawbacks

Steve Hochstadt: I do like to talk with students, to see their reaction to the information I give them and the questions I ask. I believe that my colleagues are far more effective at teaching information, concepts, and ways of thinking than any computer program.

What Happened on Election Day?

Why Did Democrats Lose

Steve Hochstadt: Americans angry about the economy have turned to a party which forced an end to unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which wants to cut both welfare programs and taxes on the wealthy, which opposes doing anything to prevent jobs and profits from going overseas We’ll see how that turns out.

Global Warming Truths

Global Warming Truths

Steve Hochstadt: If we can’t trust our scientists, then what do we do when the next crisis arrives? Whom should we trust when our lives are on the line in the case of an Ebola epidemic?

The Real Partisan Divide

Fox Fuels Partisan Divide

Steve Hochstadt: Liberals and conservatives absorb different information about the world. Liberals get their news mainly from CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and MSNBC. Conservatives overwhelmingly favor FOX News.

The Global Warming Hoax

Global Warming Hoax

Steve Hochstadt: Who believes politicians paid by ExxonMobil instead of scientists, doctors, and conservationists? Gullible people who want to believe. That’s what makes hoaxes work.

Who Believes This Stuff?  

Believing in Bigfoot

Steve Hochstadt: Other wild ideas that are not shaped by politics are whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world (believed by 4%); whether Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (5%); or whether television contains secret mind-controlling technology (15%). But how else to explain the popularity of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?

US Whitewashed History

US History Curriculum

Steve Hochstadt: U.S. history was white-washed. Public school textbooks used in Texas were emphatic about savage Indians and lazy Negroes.

Tweeting Versus Teaching

Denying Academic Freedom

Steve Hochstadt: Salaita is not actually writing about Israel, a complex society with deep internal fissures. Nor does he appear to know much about Zionists.

We Are Our Choices

We Are Our Choices

Steve Hochstadt: The racist normality of the early 1960s is difficult for my students to comprehend. None of them have attended a segregated school, they don’t routinely hear racist slurs.

Two Sides of Political Correctness

Political Correctness Today

Steve Hoschstadt: In my lifetime, our publicly acceptable speech has shifted away from open and frequent use of nasty words about nearly everyone except white Anglo-Saxon men.

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