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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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Waffling Democrats' Healthcare Hypocrisy
In the battle over healthcare reform, Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, the former Democrat turned independent, and Democratic Senators Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln and Kent Conrad have at least two things in common. They all oppose a public option in healthcare reform, but each is nevertheless a fervent advocate of socialized medicine. How can Senate watchers make sense of this ideological contradiction?
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
First They Came For ACORN
First Big Business, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs, the Religious Right, the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell, and Karl Rove came for ACORN, and the Democrats did not speak out -- because they were not ACORN. Then they came for SEIU, and the Democrats did not speak out -- because they were not SEIU. Then they came for the Apollo Alliance, and the Democrats did not speak out -- because they were not the Apollo Alliance.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
'Got Out and Make Me Do It'
President Barack Obama's address to Congress Wednesday night was not just a litany of policy prescriptions. It was a call to action. His approach took a page out of President Franklin Roosevelt's playbook. FDR once met with a group of activists who sought his support for bold legislation. He listened to their arguments for some time and then said, "You've convinced me. Now go out and make me do it."
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
What If Rush Limbaugh's House Was on Fire?
I wonder what Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Senator Jim DeMint, or the right-wing "tea party" crowd would say if they lived north of Los Angeles and their homes were threatened by wildfires.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009
We Have the Hope. Now Where's the Audacity?
On Aug. 25 last year, Sen. Edward Kennedy strode onto the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and announced to a roaring crowd of party faithful the beginning of a new generation in American politics.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Turn Up the Heat on the Insurance Industry
It is time for health care reformers to turn up the heat on the major obstacle to Congress passing a good policy -- the private insurance industry. Few Americans know the names of the nation's largest health insurance companies or their CEOs. That has to change, quickly.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Is Max Baucus the New Phil Gramm?
Is Max Baucus about to do to America's health care system what Phil Gramm already did to the nation's banking system? Let's hope someone stops Baucus before it's too late.
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Friday, August 07, 2009
We Need More Protest to Make Reform Possible
Why is there so little protest in response to these hard economic times?
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Human Rights Activists Protest NBA-Linked Sweatshops
Many celebrities will be in the stands to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Orlando Magic in the NBA finals at Amway Arena tonight, and even more Hollywood stars and political types will be at Staples Center Tuesday night if a 6th game is necessary. But outside both arenas, human rights, labor, and student activists will be picketing to protest the NBA's links with a global corporation that violates workers' rights and subjects them to sweatshop conditions.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Beware: Big Business is Targeting Moderate Dems with Campaign Dollars and Crying Wolf Arguments
Don't confuse the Republican Party's right-wing lunatic fringe with corporate America. When it comes to key legislation that challenges corporate priorities and moves America in a more progressive direction -- on health care, global warming, labor law reform, tax reform, and banking and housing reform -- the business community knows it can't just ally with the lunatic Limbaugh wing of the GOP. It has to persuade moderate Democrats in Congress to resist supporting a liberal agenda.
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