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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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:28pm
Obama Won. Now It's Time to Change the System
Despite President Obama’s important, even landmark, accomplishments, by the time November 6 arrived, many Americans were disappointed with his first term. They expected him to be a “transformational” president who would somehow, single-handedly, change Washington’s political culture.
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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 12:11pm
Paul Wellstone: 10 Years After His Death, He Still Sets the Bar for a Politics of Conviction
Shortly before he died in a plane crash on October 25, 2002, Paul Wellstone explained why he was in the Senate: “I don’t represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It’s the rest of the people that need representation.”
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:03pm
Let's Honor the Music and Spirit of Pete Seeger with the Nobel Peace Prize
At 93, Pete Seeger can still get people singing. On Monday, he had Stephen Colbert's studio audience singing "Quite Early Morning," a song he wrote in 1969, in the midst of the Vietnam War, to inspire people to keep the faith that a better world is possible, even in the midst of suffering, tragedy, and setbacks.
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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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