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.
Steve Hochstadt: My brother and I have puzzled over many of our parents’ ideas since they died. But I don’t think that their fondness for the Dodgers was about success. Although they never talked about it, I believe race was at the heart of their preference.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the most frightening developments in American politics has been the increasing disdain of significant portions of the Republican Party for basic democratic norms.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the least discussed but most important political policies that contributes to growing inequality is the ability of the very rich to hide their income in international tax shelters.
Steve Hochstadt: The politics of the extreme right wings of the Republican Party in the US and the Conservative Party in the UK are based on ideology, not reality.
Steve Hochstadt: 2018 was a pretty good year for normal working Americans, because the economic number that matters most, the minimum wage, is heading upwards.
Steve Hochstadt: The idea that this season should encourage generosity, charity, joyfulness and kindness adds a public moral element to private celebrations that goes beyond Christian traditions.
Steve Hochstadt: Developed immediately after the defeat of the South in 1865, the Lost Cause relies on two claims: the War was caused by a conflict over states’ rights, not slavery, and slavery itself was an honorable institution, in which whites and blacks formed contented “families”.