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."

Bernie Sanders for President?

Bernie Sanders Social Democrat

Steve Hochstadt: You might think that Sanders would try to run away from the socialist label, but that would mistake two things: Sanders’ honesty and the real nature of American democratic socialism.

What Is China Like?

Visiting Shanghai

Steve Hochstadt: The message is clear – life is much richer in material goods in the US, but China is catching up.

Deciding Which Side Is Crazy

Banks Own Us

Steve Hochstadt: The differences between the policies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are enormous, but both the conservative Reagan and the liberal Obama allowed the giant banks to run the American economy in their own interests.

Killing Is Fun – Try It

Fury Road

Steve Hochstadt: I know the rate of violent crime in the US has been falling. But I can’t help thinking that we are systematically anesthetizing ourselves, especially our young, to the real horror of death.

Let’s Kill the Unions

killing unions

Steve Hochstadt: For every dollar that labor unions and other public-interest groups spend on lobbying, large corporations and their associations spend $34.

“What Aaron Schock Should Have Said”

Aaron Schock Resigns

Steve Hochstadt: Schock’s flamboyant lifestyle, paid with public funds, attracted attention long ago. He was on the “Most Corrupt Members of Congress Report” by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics and Washington report for 2012 and 2013.

Trial By Jury

Trial by Jury

Steve Hochstadt: We are lucky to live in a society where our guilt or innocence is judged by free women and men. But if we want to be tried by a well-functioning jury of our peers, we must be willing to serve.

Religion Vs. Civil Rights

Republican Anti-Gay Agenda

Steve Hochstadt: As long as the most conservative Republicans, those most likely to vote in primaries, demand that their party fight against equality for homosexuals, Republican politicians seem incapable of resisting.

Hippies Were Happy

happy hippies

Steve Hochstadt: Hippies did not get in your face. They didn’t send out mailers or make phone calls or knock on doors or shout into microphones. They didn’t believe that their way was necessarily better for everyone. They wanted to do their own thing.

Cold Weather and Global Warming

Record Breaking Snowfall

Steve Hochstadt: The Republicans in Congress, virtually all of whom publically deny that climate change is occurring, have just proposed a budget which cuts or reverses all the programs which might reduce the pace of warming.

Butting In and Screwing Up

gop iran letter

Steve Hochstadt: The only hint we get in Senator Cotton’s letter about what Republicans would do about foreign policy if they had executive power is this: all they care about is temporary domestic political advantage.

Who Loves the US More?

Obama Loves America

Steve Hochstadt: Giuliani said that Obama does not love Americans. In fact, it is many Republicans who don’t love their fellow citizens, if they are too liberal. That is a difficult partisan divide to overcome.