Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt blog brought to you by History News Network. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/author/19 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network 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.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153852 http://hnn.us/blog/153852 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Republican Conspiracy Theories Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +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?]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153822 http://hnn.us/blog/153822 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Donald Trump Believes in Climate Change When he considers his financial interests, Trump is a climate change believer. Trump the businessman was arguing with the Irish authorities about allowing him to make an extraordinary investment to protect his property over the course of this century, because “it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring”. All the while, Trump the politician insisted over and over to the American public that he did not believe in global warming, that the scientists cited in his Irish petition were liars and cheaters, that the whole thing was a hoax.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153820 http://hnn.us/blog/153820 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 The Paralympics: A History of Inclusion and Inspiration The athletic performances of the thousands of Paralympic athletes in Rio, far exceeding what most “normal” athletes could accomplish, make the word handicapped seem inappropriate. They have achieved much more: pride in what their bodies can do, rather than shame for what they can’t.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153812 http://hnn.us/blog/153812 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The Architectural Politics of Rebuilding Berlin Discussions about demolition and reconstruction inevitably touched political ideologies of all kinds. Two Berlin sites, one east and one west, show the variety of architectural politics which determined the process of rebuilding.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153810 http://hnn.us/blog/153810 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The Destruction and Rebuilding of Warsaw Warsaw, the capital of Poland since 1596, was completely leveled by the German Army. It is hard to picture what those words mean.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153807 http://hnn.us/blog/153807 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
What Does Retirement Mean? Our most eloquent revolutionary, Thomas Paine, was a “forerunner of modern social insurance”, as the Social Security Administration calls him. In 1796, he advocated a 10% tax on the inheritance of property to create a fund which would pay a yearly pension to everyone over 50, “to enable them to live in Old Age without Wretchedness, and go decently out of the World.”

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153771 http://hnn.us/blog/153771 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Women in the Boston Marathon Women were banned from the Boston Marathon. Into the 1960s, athletic authorities claimed women were incapable of running that distance. The longest AAU-sanctioned race for women was 1.5 miles. Women could not compete further than 800 meters in the Olympics.]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:13:43 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153764 http://hnn.us/blog/153764 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 To White Men Who Like Trump The economic program Republicans have offered to the American middle class has been remarkably consistent: give more money to the richest Americans by radically cutting their taxes. Trump has shown not the slightest sign that he cares about or will do anything for Americans who are struggling.

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