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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Monday, July 30, 2012 - 1:17pm
Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?
President Obama's conservative opponents lambast him as a radical , a socialist , and a purveyor of class warfare .
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 8:53am
Progressives and the Flag
July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 7:12am
Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote
Here's a headline you won't see, but should: "Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote."
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 1:05pm
Can Rush Keep It Up?
The response to Rush Limbaugh’s latest tirade about college women having too much sex suggests that he may be growing impotent, politically at least.
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Monday, January 2, 2012 - 9:27am
Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks
Through a story of personal tragedy and the virtues of small-town life, voluntarism, and compassion, the New York Times' David Brooks has written a column that unwittingly exposes our nation's outrageous cruelty and callousness.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 12:06pm
Will Occupy Wall Street Be Co-opted?
Much of the recent commentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement focuses on whether or not this radical movement will be "co-opted" by the unions, or the Democratic Party, or other liberal forces. This seems to be the concern of many academic lefties and activists, who are quick to warn the Occupy Wall Street activists to avoid "co-optation" at all costs.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 9:32am
Victory! Transforming Occupy Wall Street From a Moment to a Movement
The protesters challenging the big banks and the super-rich won a dramatic victory in Los Angeles on Thursday, as I describe below. OneWest Bank, the biggest bank based in Southern California, and Fannie Mae, stopped their foreclosure and eviction against Rose Gudiel, a working class homeowner, in response to a brilliantly executed protest movement by community and union activists.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:28pm
Protests? Yes. Riots? No.
On his radio show last week, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that rising unemployment and poverty in the United States are a ticking time bomb that could explode in a wave of riots.
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Monday, May 9, 2011 - 1:10pm
How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?
The ideas of Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) are making a comeback, in large part due to Glenn Beck, who has touted the libertarian economist and philosopher's views on his TV show. The essence of Hayek's views -- spelled out in his most well-known book, The Road to Serfdom -- is that government stifles freedom and liberty. With a few exceptions, he viewed almost any governmental intervention in economic affairs as a slippery slope toward totalitarian socialism.
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Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 10:40am
Banks Should Pay for Foreclosures
The epidemic of foreclosures that began in 2008 has been devastating America’s families, communities and the state economy. Nowhere is this more true than in California, where one in five U.S. foreclosures has taken place. Since 2008, more than 1.2 million Californians have lost their homes, and the number is expected to exceed 2 million by the end of next year. More than a third of California homeowners with a mortgage already owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.
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