Peter Bloom

Peter Bloom

Dr. Peter Bloom is a lecturer in the Department of People and Organizations at the Open University. He has published widely on issues of 21st-century democracy, politics, and economics in both scholarly journals and in publications including the Washington Post, The New Statesman, Roar, Open Democracy, The Conversation, and Common Dreams. His books include Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization and Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits released in November 2016.

 

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It is indisputable that Trump has a history of racism. It is also clear that he uses sensationalist politically incorrect rhetoric to hide a deeper neoliberal agenda of deregulation and corporate power. Just as troubling is that the Democrats similarly exploit this racist spectacle for the same purposes. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
Viral Racism and the Politics of Distraction
Last week, President Trump ignited perhaps his most vile and controversial tweetstorm yet. He referred to the primarily black district of congressman Elijah Cummings as a "disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess." Not surprisingly, both the mainstream media and the Democrats both challenged these...
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) speaks as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference addressing remarks made by President Donald Trump. Views
Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Dangerous Truth about Trump’s Racism: White Power, Elite Rule, and Justified Privilege
Last week, President Trump set off a political firestorm that sent shock waves across the US and the world when he tweeted that four non-white progressive congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar, who all but one were born in the US—should “...go...
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This line of Centrist critique is quite revealing. It perpetuates a prevailing discourse that progressives exist at the political extreme and therefore would like to further split the nation into warring camps. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Divisive Center vs. The Unifying Left
Bernie Sanders shocked the mainstream establishment this week by appearing on a Fox News Town Hall. Even more surprisingly, he was triumphant on a station most known for its fervent support for Trump and extreme Conservatism. In the citadel of right wing media he effectively and convincingly...
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If there is one thing that everyone from all sides can agree upon, in this regard, it is that Cohen’s testimony is certainly salacious. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
A Conman, a Liar, and a Rigged System
Present Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is testifying in front of congress today. On the surface, this is an attempt to get to the truth of Trump’s misdeeds as a candidate. Cohen has intimate knowledge of his actions and character, and give a first hand account of hush money payments,...
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The Progressive Hope for a Sanders’ Presidency
Bernie Sanders has announced he is running again for President – though this time with considerably more fanfare. Unlike the last time he is no longer an afterthought or a spoiler. He is now a frontrunner who must be taken seriously as a legitimate threat to win both the nomination and the general...
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Former President Barack Obama endorsed Medicare for All in a speech in Illinois on Friday, calling it "a good new idea." Views
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Ending the Democratic Blame Game
After months of intense media coverage and campaigning, the New York Democratic primary was finally held this week. It is not usual - for much of the country or even most of the State’s residents - to focus on a primary. Yet this year was different as it was the latest front in the battle between...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her victory in New York's 14th congressional district with supporters on June 26. (Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Strong Progressives Vs. Weak Conservatives
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the US political status quo by winning of the Democratic primary in New York City over her establishment rival and predicted Party leader in waiting Joe Crowley. Since then she has become a flashpoint for both hope and controversy. For progressives, she is a sign...
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Saturday, March 24, 2018
The March for Change Represents the Chance to Build an Intersectional Progressive Movement
The tragic Parkland shooting has spawned a new movement for gun control and safety. The consistent and effective campaigning of student survivors has led to an international March on Washington this Saturday. While the focus is on changing US gun policy, its political impact has the potential to be...
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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Seeing Only Red: Turning the Threat of a New Cold War into a Global Struggle to Save Democracy
After months of speculation and investigation, the US government has formally indicted 13 Russians with “election meddling”. While these indictments did not include suspected charges of Trump’s collusion, they did seem to validate ideas that Russia was guilty of directly undermining American...
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Political Resignations are a Radical Cure for our Politics of Resignation
After weeks of speculation, Senator Al Franken publicly resigned due to growing allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior to women. Immediately this called into question why Donald Trump has not resigned in the wake of even worse accusations of sexual assault by numerous women. It was also in...
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