Steve Hochstadt: Those who resist power usually pass into the fog of history because they were not famous and they had little opportunity to create imposing objects to memorialize their actions. Stone palaces and golden objects attract more attention than lonely dissent.
As long as their choice is between a Democrat and Steve King, northwestern Iowans will keep voting for King, no matter how ineffective or prejudiced he is.
One of Israel’s major arguments against those who are critical of these policies is that it is better than its neighbors. That may be true, but it’s not enough for me.
The election of Donald Trump, who made disparaging statements about Europe and selected advisors who have promoted the break-up of the EU, was a turning point in European politics, but not in the direction he favors.
Steve Hochstadt: The Defense Department plans to buy over 2000 new F-35 supersonic warplanes in the coming decades and just announced an agreement with Lockheed Martin for 90 of these jets at $95 million per plane. Just one and half of these planes would pay the entire NEH budget.
Steve Hochstadt: The storm of bad news from across the world delivered to us now even on our phones can be numbing. The bigger the world is, the smaller we feel.
Steve Hochstadt: Right-wing media push anti-European attitudes by making up stories about how Western European immigration policies have resulted in public insecurity.
Steve Hochstadt: The Neues Museum holds one of the world’s most important collections of documents written on papyrus, whose study by linguistic scientists revealed the succession of languages in ancient Egypt.
Steve Hochstadt: The German video is more pointed. There are photos of Hitler, who “made Germany great again. Steve Bannon absolutely loves him.”
Steve Hochstadt: Ikea stores are laid out as labyrinths: once you enter, it is nearly impossible not to wind your way along a predetermined path through countless rooms selling furniture and products for every part of a house.
Steve Hochstadt: There is no reason to abandon the bottomless cup of Joe at uniquely American diners or to make fun of Germans for obsessively obeying pedestrian crossing signals.
Steve Hochstadt: His first week shows he will act as President much like he acted as candidate: pursuing his own agenda, which doesn’t fit neatly into left-right categories, but which puts him at the center of everything.
Steve Hochstadt: Trump’s cabinet will be the richest group in American history, dominated by the very people he criticized on the campaign trail.