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Steve Hochstadt

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



  • 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.


  • Take Back Our Lives

    by Steve Hochstadt

    There is evil in our land. Men with power, put in office to protect us, lie and scheme to benefit themselves.


  • The Divine Right Presidency

    by Steve Hochstadt

    King George III said during the American Revolution that “A traitor is everyone who does not agree with me.” Trump has often characterized his critics as traitors.


  • Seeing Our Environment

    by Steve Hochstadt

    The so-called age gap in climate consciousness is a less hopeful sign for the future than one might think.