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.
Steve Hochstadt: I don’t predict the death of American democracy, because Trump is much more interested in himself than in any authoritarian program and is not smart enough to actually lead an organized movement.
Steve Hochstadt: My penniless immigrant father could move past Americans who had been here for centuries because he was white. Nobody challenged my right to succeed because of the way I looked.
Steve Hochstadt: Compared to our developed peer nations, the US has the highest levels of inequality, more like Saudi Arabia and China than like Germany or Belgium.
Steve Hochstadt: The dishonesty of Wells Fargo over many years, cheating millions of customers for many years, and thus far escaping with no jail time for any employee, shows how insignificant we consumers are when we come up against giant corporations.
Steve Hochstadt: Sitting on the beach this fall was a good escape from our awful electoral politics. But politics also affects our little beach in ways which demonstrate how American politics really works.
Steve Hochstadt: This crazy election is only a week away. I need relief and find that my dogs ease political stress. Their simpler lives are not affected by politics and they help me recognize what is important in this life.
Steve Hochstadt: If Hillary Clinton is elected President, she will face a Republican Party determined to prevent her from governing. It’s not just Trump and his most excitable supporters who would make it difficult to govern.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans at the state level have used imaginary concerns about voter fraud to legitimize their efforts to restrict voting.
Steve Hochstadt: Why the fuss now? Despite his brazen display of precisely the character he said “wasn’t him”, it has taken a long time for Americans to realize what his character is.