Steve Hochstadt: The messages of the Pow Wow were clear: “We are patriots. We love our land and our unique culture. We love America and have defended it in every war. We welcome and respect all Americans.”
Steve Hochstadt: Lost in this furor is the fact that Ocasio-Cortez did not make a Holocaust analogy when she referred to concentration camps.
Steve Hochstadt: The premise that all good Americans should love our country is a starting point that is never questioned.
Steve Hochstadt: Every survey and social scientific study demonstrates the continuing power of racism to distort and impoverish the lives of black Americans. What is relatively new is the congruence of the partisan and racial splits.
Steve Hochstadt: In neither region, in no region, are Americans prepared for the basic changes in our water systems that global warming has brought and will keep bringing.
Steve Hochstadt: Although the US was not part of the colonial scramble which divided up Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American collectors and collections now possess large quantities of the stolen objects.
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.