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Steve Hochstadt

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



  • What is Antisemitism?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Many, perhaps most accusations of antisemitism are made in good faith for the purpose of calling attention to real religious prejudice. But such accusations are often made for less honest political purposes.


  • Can Artists Remake Society?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    One of the most striking changes triggered by the November Revolution in Germany, and more generally the revolutions in eastern Europe provoked by the Russian Revolution, was the conquest of the art world by a radically new conception of the nature of visual expression.


  • How Far We Have Yet to Go

    by Steve Hochstadt

    We don’t yet know all of the changes we will need to make in our attitudes and actions in order to create full social equality. The work will be difficult, but the goal will be glorious.


  • The Real National Emergency

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The Republican Party has transformed itself into a political force that prioritizes its own power over the sanctity of electoral democracy.


  • Where Is Our Country Now?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Lots of electoral commentators are comparing this “blue wave” with past waves, often to prove that their side did extraordinarily well. It’s more important to think about the future. Will the overwhelming liberalism of young Americans gradually replace the self-interested conservatism of my generation? Will women keep moving in a liberal direction? Will they take the men around them along?


  • The Problem Is Not Civility

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Gullible Trump have been bombarded by Republican attacks on the morality and the patriotism of liberals for decades. Their fears have been stoked by conservative lies about liberals since the days of Sen. McCarthy. A FOX producer called it “riling up the crazies”. Now a pathetic march of frightened Central Americans has been turned into an invasion of disease-carrying terrorists.


  • A Man For All Men?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Suppose you just met a man at a party, in a bar, at a meeting, or at a ball game. He talked only about himself. He told amazing stories about how wonderful and rich he was. He said he was a genius, one of the most successful businessmen in the world, and superior at everything he does. He commented on how attractive or unattractive the women around him were and bragged about his sexual exploits. He laughed about getting away with groping women he encountered. He made fun of the intelligence of well-known people. He made fun of the handicapped. Although flabby and overweight, he puffed up his chest praising men who were “tough” like him.


  • Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

    by Steve Hochstadt

    A privileged segment of American society, white and male, has systematically victimized underprivileged Americans, female and not white, and walked away. The members of the Bronx district attorney’s office, who did not provide “potentially exculpatory evidence” to McKee’s defense, walked away long ago. All of the prominent men who have suddenly found themselves held responsible for their treatment of women, from which they walked away for years, are outraged by their new plight.

  • Only The Best People

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Donald Trump constantly repeated that he would bring in “the best people” or “the best people in the world”. He said, “I know the best people.”  “You’ve got to pick the best people.” He boasted about how good he was at finding the best. Because he rarely mentioned anyone in particular, we never found out what he meant by “best”. Now we know a lot more.


  • Science is Complicated, but True

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Science is increasingly complicated, and that provides an opening for political ideologues to question particular scientific conclusions and thus the whole scientific enterprise.

  • I Love Private Property

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Public property is a political issue: Democrats want to maintain and expand public services and Republicans want to turn public resources and services into private property.


  • Those Crazy Republicans

    by Steve Hochstadt

    There are some wild candidates out on the trail this election season. I can’t remember a time when so many unusual candidates for political office made headlines through what they say and do.


  • How to Kill the Free Press

    by Steve Hochstadt

    Donald Trump’s war against the free press is often compared to the methods of Hitler, Mussolini, and other dictatorial rulers. But I think these comparisons are misleading. Instead Trump has used another model for reducing the ability of our free press to describe and criticize his government.

  • Sports, Sportsmanship and Life

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The physical skills of individual players and the intuitive coordination of team play at the World Cup were spectacular to watch. But I was disappointed in an important aspect of these matches. Fighting for control of the ball always involved pushing, grabbing arms and pulling on jerseys, all strictly forbidden by the rules. Everybody appeared to consider this behavior a normal part of the game.