Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012). His next book, We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism – American Style,  co-edited with Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin, will be published by The New Press in January.  He is currently writing Rebels of the Diamond: The Baseball Reformers and Radicals Who Shook Up the Game On and Off the Field, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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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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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
In Praise of I.F. "Izzy" Stone
In this era of Donald Trump—with its widespread corruption and abuse of power—the world of journalism could use the voice of I.F. Stone, one of America’s greatest muckraking reporters, who died 30 years ago today at 81 on June 18, 1989. From the 1930s through the early 1970s, Stone was an...
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Cesar Chavez's Legacy
Many people thought Cesar Chavez was crazy to think he could build a union among migrant farmworkers. Since the early 1900s, unions had been trying and failing to organize California’s unskilled agricultural workers. Whether the workers were Anglos, Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, or Mexican...
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"I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”(Photo: Democracy Now!) Views
Monday, January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint
It is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was considered a dangerous radical. He was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. The establishment’s campaign to denigrate King worked. In August 1966 – two years after he was awarded the Nobel Peace...
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Like most people his generation, his political education came mostly from the internet and social media. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Why #PlaidShirtGuy Wore A Socialist Rose
It isn’t easy to upstage Donald Trump, but Tyler Linfesty—a 17-year old high school student from Billings, Montana—managed to divert attention away from the president at a recent Trump rally in his hometown. Linfesty became an immediate internet sensation on September 6 as he stood on the stage...
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