Peter Bloom

Peter Bloom is a lecturer in the Department of People and Organisations 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 Globalizationand Beyond Power and Resistance: Politics at the Radical Limits which will be released in November, 2016.

 

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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Corbyn and Labour are Fighting for a New Progressive Political Mainstream
On April 18 the newly selected Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May called a general election for June 8th, declaring it "the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead." This was a complete reversal from her previous promise not to hold an election. For the cynics, this U-turn (the...
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The Democrats Should Stop Wishing on a "Star" and Start Helping to Build a Progressive Movement
Only a few months after taking office, President Trump have confirmed all the worst fears of progressives and liberals. From his potential ties to Russia to his almost beyond belief retrogressive budget , the new administration is promoting an agenda that is as economically elitist as it is...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Progressives Wake Up: It’s Time to Put Centrism to Rest
The prospects of a Trump presidency appear more deplorable by the day. In the first week of presumptive reign he has installed a confirmed white nationalist as head of his transition team and threatened to register all Muslims. The "quiet man" behind his gilded electoral victory – Mike Pence – is...
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Corporate Authoritarianism and the New American Anti-Democracy
Numerous allegations of sexual assault have delivered what may be a fatal blow to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. His lewd remarks have been rightly condemned in the strongest terms by the mainstream media, his Liberal opponents and even members of his own Party. More than just heading for...
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Sunday, October 09, 2016
Sex, Lies and America’s Deplorable Democracy
Only a little more than a month before the November election, both Trump and Clinton were rocked by new scandals. Headlines around the country and world reported on secretly recorded tapes and speech that reaffirm the public’s worst suspicions of each of them. In an already in many ways...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Sitting Down Kaepernick Challenges Americans to Reflect on What They Really Stand For
The San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick shocked much of America last week by refusing to stand for the national anthem. In his own words , “Ultimately it’s to bring awareness and make people realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are...
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Clinton's Inspiring and Troubling Liberal Feminism
In the first time in its 240 year history, the United States has a female nominee for President in one of its major political parties. Hillary Clinton’s nomination is clearly a landmark moment in American history. It represents a public blow to a traditionally male dominated political system and...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Fighting the Liberal Reaction
If the first half of 2016 represented a new hope for progressive politics, in the second half the establishment is striking back. Within the same week, Bernie Sanders publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton for President while his “revolutionary” counterpart in the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a...
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Selling Out Democracy: Trump’s Dangerous Market Politics
Defying almost all political predictions, Donald Trump has officially become the Republican nominee for President. His acceptance speech was filled with the type of empty promises and trademark arrogance that has made him both despised and troubling appealing to many. Without a hint of satire, this...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Chilcot Report on Iraq Invasion Shows Threat of Lesser Evils
After almost a decade of waiting, the Chilcot report is finally being released today promising to uncover the real reasons for the UK’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq. While British political elites are dealing with the aftermath of this political bombshell, the media and population are once...
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