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Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp distinguished professor of politics at Occidental College. He joined the Occidental faculty in January 1993 after serving for nine years as Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. He is the author of "The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame" (2012) and an editor (with Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin) of "We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style" and co-author of "Baseball Rebels: The Players, People and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America" (2022).

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Barbara Ehrenreich Showed Us the Need for Socialist Policies

"If we are serious about collective survival in the face of our multiple crises, we have to build organizations, including explicitly socialist ones, that can mobilize this talent, develop leadership, and advance local struggles," she wrote.

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Who Are the 10 Most Dangerous People in America?

Of course, there are many people in corporate America, the media, politics, philanthropy, the military, and other sectors who, on a daily basis, threaten our society, but the people listed here (in no particular order) are my top ten.

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Remembering the Life and Work of David Moberg (1943-2022)

For over half a century his reports on the labor movement, in The Nation and elsewhere, were a model of activist journalism.

Peter Dreier ·


Rachel Robinson, First Lady of Baseball, Turns 100

Rachel Robinson was not only Jackie's partner, she is also a feminist and civil rights crusader.

Peter Dreier ·


NY Times Polls on Biden and Trump's Low Popularity Don't Provide Enough Context for Americans' Foul Mood

If Congress had passed Biden's top-priority bills, he'd be more popular and viewed as an effective president, despite his age. But 50 Republicans and two Democrats got in his way.

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Don't Believe the Sanitized History of Jackie Robinson—He Was a Radical

It was Robinson's strong patriotism that led him to challenge America to live up to its ideals. He felt an obligation to use his fame to challenge the society's racial injustice.

Peter Dreier ·


What are the 25 Best Films About the Civil Rights Movement?

Quite a few of these films, especially those made by independent producers outside the Hollywood system, are little-known, progressive, and deserve more recognition.

Peter Dreier ·


"The White Negro": Norman Mailer's Essay 65 Years Later

What’s really behind the current controversy over this 1957 piece of writing and is the infamous article still worth reading?

Peter Dreier ·

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