Steven Hill

Steven Hill is an American author and columnist whose most recent book is “Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age” (www.EuropesPromise.org). He is blogging about his current 12-nation, 20-city European speaking tour at "Dispatches from Europe" which is linked at www.Steven-Hill.com. Follow Steven Hill on Twitter @StevenHill1776

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 10:51am
Europe's Quiet Revolution
The overarching challenge in the world today is: how do we advance the institutions and practices capable of enacting a desirable quality of life for a burgeoning global population of 6.5 billion people? And how do we accomplish that in a way that does not burn up the planet in a Venus atmosphere of our own creation? That is a tall order to fill, yet it is the defining task of the 21st century. RootsAction is calling for a bold jobs plan to address poverty.
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Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 9:52am
Was Rahm Right (about Progressives)?
In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are “fucking retarded.” Lately I’ve begun to think he was correct—though not for the same reasons as Emanuel, who thought that progressives held unrealistic expectations for his boss, President Barack Obama. Progressives are retarded because they had those expectations for Obama to begin with, and poured so many of their hopes and aspirations—not to mention dollars—into electing him.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 9:37am
China's Half Steps Towards Democracy
During the state visit for Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Barack Obama pressed President Hu on human rights , but he also should have pushed a message about the importance of spreading democracy in China. If he had done that, he may have been surprised at what he would have heard.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 10:14am
Reconsidering Japan… Reconsidering Paul Krugman
The New York Times is doing a series on Japan that it describes as an examination of "the effects on Japanese society of two decades of economic stagnation and declining prices." Reading the series is about as cheery a task as rubbernecking at a car wreck on I-95. But unfortunately the Times series simply repeats the "conventional wisdom" about Japan put out by the same economic experts who missed an $8 trillion housing bubble in the United States, and in fact have been wrong on most of the big economic issues over the past two decades.
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Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:24am
Europe Ponders US Elections Results
For several weeks before the recent U.S. election, there was much nervous speculation among Europeans as they watched the fluctuations of the poll numbers. Now that the results are in, Europeans are perplexed by this turn back toward the politics of the Bush-Cheney era.
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Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 11:01am
Don’t Cut Social Security, Double It
In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a debate over Social Security, is heating up. This debate raises fundamental questions about what kind of society Americans wish to live in. So far, the debate has been between those deficit busters who say Social Security must be trimmed back to reduce government indebtedness, and others who want to maintain it as is.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 9:08am
Returning the Senate to Majority Rule
Standing at the edge of the health care precipice, President Barack Obama has reached a defining point in his presidency. The recent news that Anthem Blue Cross is planning to jack up individual premiums as much as 40 percent is just the latest example of our flailing health care system.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 10:07am
Europe's Post-Copenhagen View of Obama
The Copenhagen summit on climate change taught Europe a hard lesson about its trans-Atlantic partner. Great hope had greeted President Obama when he replaced George W. Bush at the American helm, but a year later Europeans are realizing that Mr. Obama is going to have a very difficult time delivering on his agenda.
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