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.
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?
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.
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.
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”?
Steve Hochstadt: U.S. history was white-washed. Public school textbooks used in Texas were emphatic about savage Indians and lazy Negroes.
Steve Hochstadt: Salaita is not actually writing about Israel, a complex society with deep internal fissures. Nor does he appear to know much about Zionists.
Steve Hochstadt: The racist normality of the early 1960s is difficult for my students to comprehend. None of them have attended a segregated school, they don’t routinely hear racist slurs.
Steve Hoschstadt: In my lifetime, our publicly acceptable speech has shifted away from open and frequent use of nasty words about nearly everyone except white Anglo-Saxon men.
Steve Hochstadt: Only a man blind and naive to the suffering of others could have existed there and not recognized that there was a rampant culture of violence against blacks. Whether he personally saw mistreatment of them is irrelevant.
Steve Hochstadt: Robertson has a great beard, which I appreciate. But I don’t think his wild hair recommended him to the most clean shaven, tightly coiffed class of Americans – politicians.
Steve Hochstadt: My daughter Mae got married this weekend. That gave me a special status as father of the bride. But exactly what that means is not so clear.
Steve Hochstadt: For most people most of the time, the political controversies which so agitate television news reporters, internet bloggers and radio screamers, are merely background noise.