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.
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.