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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Former US President Barack Obama addresses the virtual Democratic National Convention on August 19, 2020. (Photo: PBS News/YouTube Screengrab) Views
Thursday, August 20, 2020
The “Obama Inspiration Syndrome”
In the midst of a global pandemic and anti-racist insurrection, the 2020 Democratic National Convention has captured the nation's imagination. Despite being held virtually, key political figures such as Michelle and Barack Obama have delivered electrifying speeches. They have brought in even "...
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2020 Democratic hopeful and mega-billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Republican President Donald Trump share a congenial moment in this file photo. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, March 01, 2020
The Real Global Threat to 21st Century Freedom Is Authoritarian Capitalism Not Democratic Socialism
Only days after firmly establishing himself as the clear Democratic nominee frontrunner with a decisive victory in the Nevada caucus last week, Bernie Sanders found himself mired in a fresh controversy. In a widely watched and shared primetime interview he appeared to partially support recently...
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The broadcaster's exit poll results projected on the outside of the BBC building in London shows Jeremy Corbyn's opposition Labour Party predicted to win 191 seats and lose the general election as the ballots begin to be counted in the general election on December 12, 2019. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP / via Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 13, 2019
UK Election Shows Progressive Must Have More Than Great Policies, They Need to Win
Today the United Kingdom woke up to a new and for many troubling political reality—the Conservatives had won a resounding majority. Indeed this was a rightwing landslide unseen in a generation. The Tories will now move into government with the number and the popular mandate to enact policies that...
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Monday, October 28, 2019
Forget Russia, The Real Threat to Democracy Are Corporate Assets Like Clinton and Trump
Hillary Clinton recently made headlines around the globe with her strong insinuation that current Democratic presidential nominee Tulsi Gabbard was a “Russian Asset” during an interview. She declared "I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in...
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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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