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."

Why “The Donald” Matters

The Donald

Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump is a vain, self-promoting, amoral man, whose focus on himself and his money would make an awful President. I think most of the people who say they support him now, more than six months before the Iowa Caucuses on February 1, already know that.

The Myth of Liberal Media

Liberal Media

Steve Hochstadt: Conservatives overwhelmingly do not trust the media. Conservative Americans, unlike everyone else, trust only the few news sources which match their political views.

Bad Wars and Their Consequences

the wall that heals

Steve Hochstadt: In Vietnam, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in many other places, our leaders did not know what they were doing. The result has been disaster for our soldiers, for the countries where we intervened, for our global image and our image of ourselves.

This Week, America Is a Different Country

ACA Settled Law

Steve Hochstadt: Political change moves slowly across our big nation, but last week changed America. The Affordable Care Act is now settled law. Same-sex marriage will prevail in every state. The Confederate flag is coming down.

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.