Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012). His other books include: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014), and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press, revised 2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Common Dreams, The Nation, and Huffington Post.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 9:15am
When Tom Friedman Red-Baited Bernie Sanders
"What if our 2016 election ends up being between a socialist and a borderline fascist—ideas that died in 1989 and 1945 respectively?," New York Times pundit Tom Friedman asks in his latest column . Friedman apparently doesn't understand that the idea that "died in 1989" was Communism. Senator...
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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Martin Luther King Jr.: One of the Nation's Great Democratic Socialists
As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that Rev. Martin Luther King was a democratic socialist. In 1964, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, he observed that the United States could learn much from Scandinavian "democratic socialism." He often talked about the need to confront "...
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 - 11:15am
'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, has fired columnist Harold Meyerson, one of the nation's finest journalists and perhaps the only self-proclaimed socialist to write a weekly column for a major American newspaper during the past decade or two. At a time when America is...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 1:45pm
What is Democratic Socialism, American-Style?
Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is generating lots of media attention, the word "socialism" is in the news. But few Americans know what it is or what Sanders means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." In the early 1900s, socialists led the movements for women's...
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Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
Paul Wellstone’s Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Legacy
The late Senator Paul Wellstone used to say that he represented the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago (October 25, 2002), other activists and politicians -- from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel...
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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 9:00am
Paul Ryan – Liar, Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he’s orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called “establishment” and “Tea Party” wings of the Republican Party – the only guy who can save...
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Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 11:45am
Black Lives Matter Joins a Long Line of Protest Movements that Have Shifted Public Opinion — Most Recently, Occupy Wall Street
Throughout American history, advocates for racial justice and economic justice have sometimes been at odds, but they’ve also found common ground. In recent weeks we’ve watched this tension play out in a surprising way, when Black Lives Matters (BLM) activists disrupted Bernie Sanders rallies to...
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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 7:15am
They're All Reactionaries
The news media is understandably trying to parse the words, tone, and body language of the Republican candidates' debate performances Thursday night to decide who "won" and "lost," who is on the rise and who is on the descent, and how they differ from each other. But the most significant revelation...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
America Is Still Singing Woody Guthrie's Songs
Woody Guthrie, America's most revered troubadour for social justice, would be 103 years old if he were alive today. He was born on July 14, 1912. Although he died in 1967 at 55, his songs have endured. They are still sung around the world. In fact, his popularity has grown in recent decades as we...
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 1:45pm
Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?
Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist. Of course, few Americans know what “socialist” means. Some...
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