Steve Hochstadt: My doctor helped me recover from this current scare by telling me, “Something else will probably kill you.” He and I both understood the value of frank talk about the future.
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump began his campaign by insulting Mexicans and promising to ban Muslims. He is leading the reversal of American openness and a return to our earlier racially-based immigration.
Steve Hochstadt: Many American Christians, especially evangelical Christians, have made a deal with Trump – you give us political policies we want and we will accept your anti-Christian character.
Steve Hochstadt: If there was a shred of truth to Trump’s story of Democratic skullduggery, Republicans and their media allies would broadcast it from here to November.
Steve Hochstadt: This amendment to the US Constitution was just approved by the Illinois legislature. The Senate approved the measure 43-12. Then the House approved 72-45, making Illinois the 37th state to ratify the ERA.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the defining partisan differences among voters is that Republicans continue to blame minorities for inequality.
Steve Hochstadt: The distrust of political conservatives for intellectuals and higher education has been a feature of our politics for half a century.
Steve Hochstadt: The painfully details descriptions of the lives of early English industrial workers by Marx’s collaborator Friedrich Engels led them both to see the social, economic and moral flaws in a system where some own property and others work for them for wages.
Steve Hochstadt: Enough voters were pushed into the Trump camp by the efforts to reverse traditional discrimination against blacks and women, by the increasing diversity of American society and a future when whites will be a minority, by the fact that Democrats had produced a black President and a female presidential candidate.
Steve Hochstadt: The weakness of mainstream TV news is the obsession with scandal, the endless repetition of information, and the stretch into speculation in order to keep talking about one all-consuming story.
Steve Hochstadt: Below the surface of public statements about gun legislation, the NRA sells its members a disturbing critique of our society.
he name Asperger is widely known as a syndrome related to autism. The label honors Johann Friedrich Karl Asperger (1906-1980), an Austrian pediatrician who studied mental disorders in children in the 1930s and early 1940s. His diagnosis of “autistic psychopathy” related to social detachment was eventually given professional approval in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual […]
Steve Hochstadt: Since Europeans arrived in America, about one-third of plant and animal species in the Western hemisphere have become extinct. Another quarter are at risk of extinction.