Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie

Steve Hochstadt: The worldwide force of migration cannot be stopped by nostalgia for the disappearance of “traditional values”, often expressed as a cover for hatred and racism.

Dealing with Cranks: Can You Read?

Dealing with Cranks

Steve Hochstadt: Everyone complains about the uncivil state of our national political conversation, the tendency to assume that political opponents are stupid at best and, more likely, evil. And everyone waits for the other guy to shape up.

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa

Is Santa Real

Steve Hochstadt: Most Christmas movies, especially the older ones I love, like “Miracle on 34th Street”, not only assume that Santa is real, but that all good people will eventually come to believe that.

Are We a Great Nation?

CIA Interrogation Report

Steve Hochstadt: The question of effectiveness cannot be answered. I think it’s more important for our national self-respect to ask whether torture ought to be used by the American government whether or not it is effective.

Who Cares About Corruption?

Widespread Political Corruption

Steve Hochstadt: Because the ability of the wealthy to buy American elections through campaign contributions is legal, it does not count in international comparisons of corruption.

Israel and Academics

Israel Palestine Conflict

Steve Hochstadt: Academics, and anyone else, who ignores the murderous behavior of both sides contributes to further polarization. I despair of ever seeing peace come to the one place where Jews are not a minority.

Giving Thanks

Paying It Forward

Steve Hochstadt: The less we take for granted, the more we will say “thanks”, the more appreciation is spread to another person, the more joy in giving is shared. Good givers don’t need thanks, but always appreciate them.

Technology Versus Jobs

Online Education Drawbacks

Steve Hochstadt: I do like to talk with students, to see their reaction to the information I give them and the questions I ask. I believe that my colleagues are far more effective at teaching information, concepts, and ways of thinking than any computer program.

What Happened on Election Day?

Why Did Democrats Lose

Steve Hochstadt: Americans angry about the economy have turned to a party which forced an end to unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which wants to cut both welfare programs and taxes on the wealthy, which opposes doing anything to prevent jobs and profits from going overseas We’ll see how that turns out.

Global Warming Truths

Global Warming Truths

Steve Hochstadt: If we can’t trust our scientists, then what do we do when the next crisis arrives? Whom should we trust when our lives are on the line in the case of an Ebola epidemic?

The Real Partisan Divide

Fox Fuels Partisan Divide

Steve Hochstadt: Liberals and conservatives absorb different information about the world. Liberals get their news mainly from CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and MSNBC. Conservatives overwhelmingly favor FOX News.

The Global Warming Hoax

Global Warming Hoax

Steve Hochstadt: Who believes politicians paid by ExxonMobil instead of scientists, doctors, and conservationists? Gullible people who want to believe. That’s what makes hoaxes work.

Who Believes This Stuff?  

Believing in Bigfoot

Steve Hochstadt: Other wild ideas that are not shaped by politics are whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world (believed by 4%); whether Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (5%); or whether television contains secret mind-controlling technology (15%). But how else to explain the popularity of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?