Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt blog brought to you by History News Network. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://m.hnn.us/blog/author/19 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network The Republican Way of Governing When Senator Joe McCarthy tried to use hysterical fears of communism to attack all liberals, he was following a playbook used by both Democrats and Republicans. When Richard Nixon tried to corrupt our governmental structures to elect and then protect himself, I didn’t think his dishonesty was especially Republican. But the current “anything we can get away with” method of governing appears to have become standard Republican practice.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153964 http://hnn.us/blog/153964 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Why Americans Voted For Trump Too many Trump supporters take their beliefs in what is right as license to be hateful toward people who are not like them. Combine that with nostalgia for a time when blacks had to defer to whites, men could grope women, and gays stayed in the closet, and you have a Republican Party which cuts health insurance for millions of Americans, which keeps foreign students from returning to their American universities, which cuts federal programs for Americans in need.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153957 http://hnn.us/blog/153957 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Gay Equality is Coming Quickly Bigots will keep using religion as a cover for prejudice, as in the so-called religious freedom laws. But the shift toward acceptance of homosexuality will continue, as older opponents are replaced by younger advocates. Because our gay relatives and friends do not fit the prejudicial stereotypes, discriminatory impulses will lose their persuasive power.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153956 http://hnn.us/blog/153956 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 The Amazing Mind of Donald Trump Trump doesn’t mostly make up the untruths he tells the world. He takes them from these professional spreaders of political lies. Trump takes his “news” from supermarket tabloids and their internet equivalents. He said, “You can’t knock the National Enquirer. It’s brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant.”

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153943 http://hnn.us/blog/153943 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Antarctica is Melting Three-quarters of the world’s largest cities are located on sea coasts. Between 100 million and 200 million people live in places that likely will be underwater or subject to frequent flooding by the year 2100. Some estimates put that number at 650 million, nearly 10% of the world’s population. Mathew Hauer of the University of Georgia estimated that 13 million Americans might be displaced by 2100, mostly in southeastern states.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153933 http://hnn.us/blog/153933 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Whose Internet Is It? One of the exciting new developments in computer connectedness is the “internet of things”, the networking among objects we own, like cars, refrigerators, thermostats, and light switches, so they can communicate with us and with each other. In cute ads on TV, a baby turns lights on and off at home by touching a smart phone. In real life, the most basic of your daily actions at home can be monitored and recorded by companies you don’t know about or be hacked by criminals.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153931 http://hnn.us/blog/153931 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Better Living Through Chemistry A majority of conservative Republicans believes that climate scientists are influenced by desire to advance their careers and political ideology, not by scientific evidence or public interest. To put it simply, conservatives don’t believe in science or scientists, if it’s inconvenient.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153925 http://hnn.us/blog/153925 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Celebrating Power, Celebrating Resistance Celebrations of power are all around us. We don’t often think about how that power was exercised, about who might have suffered to make that power possible. Those who resist power usually pass into the fog of history because they were not famous and they had little opportunity to create imposing objects to memorialize their actions.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153920 http://hnn.us/blog/153920 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 What’s Wrong With Iowa? Why do the people of northwestern Iowa keep electing Steve King to Congress? It’s not because he does anything useful there. Since he was elected to Congress in 2003, he has sponsored over 100 bills and not one of them even got out of committee, even though Republicans controlled the House for most of those years. He was named the least effective member of Congress in 2015 by non-partisan InsideGov.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153919 http://hnn.us/blog/153919 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Europe is Alive and Well Europe is good. Three times as many Europeans as Americans trust their national legislatures. One-sixth as many Europeans as Americans are in jail, probably related to the fact that one-fifth as many murders occur. Health care is universal and Europeans live longer. According to the “World Happiness Report”, Europeans are the happiest people in the world. Americans do pretty well, too, ranking 14th, about the same as Germans.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153914 http://hnn.us/blog/153914 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Democracy Demands Wisdom In Its Citizens Conservative Republican politicians don’t believe that “democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens”. They attack the findings of geology, evolutionary biology, and climate science. They support the spread of fake news and promote alternative facts. They disparage the media in general. There is nothing new about the attacks on truth and knowledge by the Trump administration except its shamelessness.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153907 http://hnn.us/blog/153907 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Museums and the Power of Facts Seekers of illegitimate power always create distorted narratives to justify their dominance. Freedom and justice depend on popular insistence on learning the truth about themselves, their world and their rulers.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153903 http://hnn.us/blog/153903 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The World is Laughing at America A Dutch television program aired a satirical video with a voice-over pretending to be Donald Trump. Soon similar videos were being produced by late-night shows across Europe. The whole world is invited to laugh at, and simultaneously disdain, the American President. America has become the laughingstock of the world.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153900 http://hnn.us/blog/153900 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Capitalism + Bauhaus = Ikea The failure and success of the Bauhaus idea might demonstrate that the radical leftists of the early 20th century produced some wonderful ideas for improving daily life, but that their social implementation needed capitalist economic structures.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153895 http://hnn.us/blog/153895 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Marching Around the World Marches alone won’t stop Trump. Real political influence requires continued and widespread popular pressure in favor of positive action.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153886 http://hnn.us/blog/153886 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 We Need Help Fighting the Banks Dodd-Frank makes it less possible for the big banks to push us into tilted arbitration when the banks act like Wells Fargo. It’s an equalizer for the little consumer dealing with the big banks. Without it, we’re at their mercy.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153861 http://hnn.us/blog/153861 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
How Government Really Works Everyone appears to be worried that soon-to-be President Trump will make some gigantic blunder, putting us all at risk. More likely is that the Republican Congress and the Republican President will pass hundreds of less notable acts which together will make the rich richer, the powerful more powerful, and the rest of us less able to control our lives.

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Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153855 http://hnn.us/blog/153855 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Get the Lead Out! Conservatives say regulations are “job killers”. I say they are life savers.]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153852 http://hnn.us/blog/153852 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Republican Conspiracy Theories Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153826 http://hnn.us/blog/153826 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Women as Second-Class Athletes Will corporate America only change its bottom-line mindset when the real America buys more tickets to see professional women play? Will that only happen when our public media, from the cable giants to our local papers, pay more attention to professional women?]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:37:25 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153822 http://hnn.us/blog/153822 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0