Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp distinguished professor of politics at Occidental College. He is the author of  The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books) and an editor (with Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin) of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style (published in January by The New Press). He is coauthor of the forthcoming Baseball Rebels: The Reformers and Radicals Who Shook Up the Game and Changed America.

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan on March 9, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
This Is Not a Normal Election
From a press conference in Berlin in 1933: Reporter: "Mr. Hitler, please clarify. What kind of gas are you using to murder the Jews? Has it been adequately tested by scientists to guarantee it can do the job? Can you give us a timetable for when you think you'll reach one million Jews killed in the...
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Protesters wearing protective face masks demonstrate while maintaining social distancing during the "MyGruni" Car parade on May Day during the novel coronavirus crisis on May 1, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. May Day protests are taking place across Germany today, though as gatherings are limited by authorities to a maximum of 20 people per gathering due to coronavirus lockdown measures, many small protests are taking place instead of traditional, large-scale marches. (Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 01, 2020
May Day 2020: Worker Unity in the Age of Pandemic
Unlike the rest of the world’s democracies, the United States doesn’t use the metric system, doesn’t require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn’t abolished the death penalty and doesn’t celebrate May Day as an official national holiday. Outside the U.S., May 1 is international...
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A sign is posted on the door of the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital on March 23, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Views
Sunday, March 29, 2020
There’s No “Trade-Off” Between Saving Lives and Saving the Economy
Congress has planned to spend $2.2 trillion to address the unprecedented double-whammy of a public health crisis and an economic crisis. But President Trump and some of his allies are still arguing that we can’t solve both problems at the same time. In fact, they’re claiming that there is a clear “...
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Eugene Debs delivers an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio on June 16, 1918. Views
Saturday, December 28, 2019
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Jews
Like the Passover story, the celebration of Hanukkah reminds us that people can overcome great obstacles and achieve great things if they have a vision of a better society and build movements that challenge the conventional ideas of their day. Election results and public opinion polls reveal that...
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President Donald Trump will not throw out the first pitch at Sunday's World Series Game 5. Views
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Trump Doesn't Have the Balls To Throw Out the First Pitch at the World Series
In a recent episode of the TV series Madam Secretary, President Elizabeth McCord (played by actress Tia Leoni) has a nightmare about her scheduled appearance at a Mets-Cubs game to throw out the ceremonial first ball. She dreams that her errant pitch hits the Mr. Met mascot and she's showered with...
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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, announces a formal impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump on September 24, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Can Quarterback Pelosi Bring the Democratic Team an Impeachment Victory?
The resistance movement against Trump—which began with the massive women’s marches around the country the week that the new president took office in January 2017 and led to the huge "blue wave" mid-term election last November that gave Democrats a large majority in the House—finally pushed House...
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Monday, September 02, 2019
Which Side Are You On? A Question for Labor Day—and Every Day
Here’s a Labor Day quiz: Most Americans support unions, but only ten percent are union members. What gives? Business leaders claim that American workers don’t want or need unions anymore. But a new Gallup poll reveals that Americans’ support for unions has been increasing — from 48 percent in 2009...
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Trump doesn’t understand that the ways Americans express their patriotism are as diverse as our nation. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Progressive Patriotism for July 4
If the news stories leading up to July 4 are any indication, media coverage of our national Independence Day celebration will focus on the competing images of Donald Trump’s dictator-like display of American militarism and the efforts of an extremist lunatic to burn an American flag to protest...
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San Francisco school officials are expected to decide whether to destroy or keep the historic mural at George Washington High School, photographed in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The historic mural depicts the treatment of American Indians and African Americans. (Photo: Yalonda M. James / SF Chronicle) Views
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
With Move to Destroy or Cover Mural, San Francisco's 'Progressive' School Board Is Embarrassing Itself
In late June the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to destroy or cover up a series of murals painted in 1936 by artist George Arnautoff on the walls of the then-new George Washington High School. The seven-member board seems to believe that the mural, called “The Life of George...
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Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
A Democratic Debate Report Card
How do we make sense of 20 candidates and four hours of debate? Some key take-aways, then a report card. First, the format is crazy, making it difficult for any candidate to say much, but some candidates made the most of a bad situation. Second, it is really, really early. We’re eight months away...
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