Steve Hochstadt: It certainly is useful to have accurate data on the citizenship status of our population. But political calculation lurks behind this question.
Steve Hochstadt: Against Trump and Republican politics, which also shows no sign of becoming less vindictive, the more we learn about most of the Democrats, the more there is to like.
Steve Hochstadt: Reducing and reusing the waste stream must be part of a broader societal effort to head off the environmental catastrophe toward which we are headed.
Steve Hochstadt: His ability to get away with every possible form of cheating is part of his appeal, because he is cheating the establishment, the elite, the “deep state”, the “them” that is not “us”.
Netanyahu’s victory demonstrates the preference of Israeli voters for an ethically dubious politician, who offers no path toward peace with Palestinians, but continued seizure of formerly Arab land.
Steve: Hockstadt: There is more trust for state government, and over 70% trust local governments to deal with local problems, a number which has barely changed over the past 40 years.
Steve Hochstadt: By extending government control of media, restricting free association, and weakening official bodies which oversee elections, modern autocrats can undermine democracy without a sudden coup.
Steve Hochstadt: Many, perhaps most accusations of antisemitism are made in good faith for the purpose of calling attention to real religious prejudice. But such accusations are often made for less honest political purposes.
Steve Hochstadt: Even after feminists in the US began in the 1960s to use the day to protest their continued subordinate status and the United Nations declared International Women’s Day in 1975, equality was still far away.
ne hundred years ago today, fighting raged in the streets of Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm II had abdicated in November 1918, and a new socialist government, led by reform-minded members of the German Socialist Party (SPD), had declared a democratic republic. Thousands of workers and sailors, dissatisfied with the moderate stance of the SPD leaders, demanded […]
Steve Hochstadt: My life will barely be affected by climate change. By the time the accumulated results of human activity create disastrous effects in America, I will probably be in a nursing home.
Steve Hochstadt: Sexism and racism have always been moral transgressions. But in the American society in which I grew up, these transgressions were ubiquitous, rarely challenged, and socially accepted. They were wrong, but normal.
Steve Hochstadt: Two-thirds of millennials do not know what Auschwitz was; half cannot name one concentration camp; about 40% believe that fewer than 2 million Jews were murdered; 20% are not sure if they have ever heard of the Holocaust.