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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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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Sunday, June 19, 2016
What Progressives and Democrats Need is Coalition Not Unity
After a heated primary, Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. During the campaign, she has redefined herself as a “progressive who likes to get things done” to ward off the insurgent populism of her rival self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders...
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
If Sanders Has Lost, What Have the Democrats Won?
In the midst of an intensifying primary, the mainstream media joined as one to announce Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. While she lacks a clear majority of pledged delegates, the expected support of as yet to vote superdelegates has apparently handed her a hard...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Sanders Voter: Protesting American Privilege at Home and Abroad
Even as Sanders "path to victory" increasingly narrows, the passion for his candidacy grows in intensity. Recent victories in Indiana and Oregon reflect the continuing desire for a progressive alternative to Clinton and Centrist Democrats. It also reveals a hardening divide in the Party and beyond...
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Threat of Evangelical Clintons
After being proclaimed close to politically dead, Bernie Sanders resurrected his campaign with an upset victory over Hillary Clinton. Despite this win – many in the mainstream continue to portray Sanders and his allies as bordering on delusional. “ Sanders declares war on reality ” blared the...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Democratic Stockholm Syndrome
After weeks of hard and increasingly heated campaigning, Hillary Clinton scored a decisive victory over Bernie Sanders in last night’s New York Democratic primary. Despite losing a majority of the state’s counties, she won in huge margins in New York City and the popular vote overall. The triumph...
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