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Steve Hochstadt

Steve Hochstadt is a writer and an emeritus professor of history at Illinois College.



  • Things Have Been Worse

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The broad anti-left political campaigns associated with Joseph McCarthy should remind us that pursuing justice requires courage. 


  • Ideology Versus Life

    by Steve Hochstadt

    A recent report in the New York Times lists every environmental regulation overturned or attacked by the current administration, painting a picture of an ideology that puts profit ahead of life. 


  • The Crystal Ball is Broken

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Only one thing is clear – recovery to “normal life” will take a long time, well beyond the end of 2020.


  • Political Labels Aren't Helping

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The uselessness of labels has been demonstrated most forcefully by Trump’s presidency and his takeover of the Republican Party.


  • The Day After the South Carolina Debate

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The Nevada debate made me uncomfortable. The South Carolina debate was hard for me to watch. The danger that has accompanied the months of campaigning and debates so far, that these varied and talented Democrats would kill each other off, was apparent.


  • Trump the Great and Powerful

    by Steve Hochstadt

    It is not surprising that a president so unconcerned about Constitutional norms would try to add to his powers. It is disturbing and dangerous that the Republican Party as a body supports Trump going far beyond what they harshly denounced just a few years ago.


  • What a Mess in Iowa

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Any candidate whose support lies with more progressive urban voters is at a significant disadvantage. A progressive Democrat could beat Trump handily and still lose.


  • Can We Save the Truth?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    There is a great irony that the political conservatism, which once argued for objective truth, now relies on the broadest attack on truth that we have ever experienced.


  • Reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and Legacy

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Two authors of distinguished books on the history of race in America just wrote articles for the New York Times for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Michelle Alexander and Richard Rothstein's articles help us understand the status of Martin Luther King's dream today. 


  • Winnowing the Democratic Field

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Twenty-eight Democrats put their names in to run for President. Now only 12 are left, most of whom have little chance. Why have some candidates survived, while others had to drop out?


  • The Tea Party Revisited

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The Tea Party no longer needs to attack the Republican Party from the right. They are the Republican Party.


  • Profiles in Courage and Cowardice

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The great majority of young House Democrats who face difficult re-election campaigns in Trump districts acted courageously.


  • The Future is Unpredictable: Embrace It

    by Steve Hochstadt

    I don’t recommend either optimism or pessimism, but rather openness to the unplanned, willingness to deal with the accidental, readiness to adapt or abandon well-formulated plans to new information.


  • Curing Ourselves with Fred Rogers

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Instead of stressing about Trump’s latest idiocy or the decline of American politics, about which we can do very little, we could try to emulate Mr. Rogers. We could see the world as an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and devote our energies to doing that.


  • The Latest Polls Are Worrying Me

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Whether Trump wins next year or not, the views of the minority of Americans who populate his “base” are troubling.