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, July 25, 2017
Not the Right Thing, But the Right-Wing Thing: On John McCain, Death, and Dishonor
In July 2008, just over a month after surgery for brain cancer and still in the middle of chemotherapy treatments, Senator Ted Kennedy returned to the Senate floor to help the Democrats break the deadlock and end a Republican filibuster on a bill to destroy Medicare. Universal health insurance had...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Clancy Sigal Has... 'Gone Away' (1926-2017)
Writer Clancy Sigal died last night (Monday) at 90. At any given time, I have 10 to 12 used paperback copies of his autobiographical novel “Going Away” on my bookshelf at home. Whenever I go to a used bookstore, the first thing I do is look for, and buy, more copies of that novel. I am not a...
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Trump's Phony Patriotism Clashes With the Radical Roots of America the Beautiful and the Pledge of Allegiance
“We all salute the same great American flag,” President Donald Trump told an enthusiastic crowd at a rally of evangelical Christians and military veterans at the Kennedy Center on Saturday. "Many Americans believe that Trump has brought shame, not respect, on the American flag. His brand of flag-...
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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough with neocon Bill Kristol Views
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Joe And Mika Owe America An Apology
Most media reports have portrayed Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as aggrieved victims of Donald Trump’s Thursday Twitter tantrum. It can’t be pleasant to be attacked so personally by the president, but Scarborough and Brzezinski are fighting back. On their MSNBC show “Morning Joe” on Friday...
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Monday, June 12, 2017
Fifty Years Ago, the Supreme Court Knocked Down Bans on Interracial Marriage. How Have Things Changed Since Then?
Should we allow states to decide whether black Americans may marry white Americans? Today, such an idea seems absurd. Most Americans believe that states shouldn't be permitted to trample on the basic right of interracial couples to marry. It would be unfair — a clear violation of civil rights. But...
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Monday, May 29, 2017
Celebrating Barry Commoner, Father of the Modern Environmental Movement
Described in 1970 by Time magazine as the “Paul Revere of ecology,” Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America’s most prominent modern environmentalist. But unlike Carson, Commoner viewed the environmental crisis as a symptom of a fundamentally flawed economic and social system. A biologist and...
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Friday, May 05, 2017
Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Our Children, and the Future
Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song. The songs he wrote, including the antiwar tunes, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and those he popularized, including “This Land Is Your Land” and “We Shall Overcome,” have...
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Saturday's Celebration of Jackie Robinson Should Remind Us of the Importance of Political Protest
This Saturday, April 15, while every Major League Baseball team will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s achievement of breaking baseball’s color line, many Americans will be protesting in the streets as part of Tax Day. Were he alive today, Robinson would understand the...
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Friday, April 14, 2017
Tax Day Marchers Want to Know: What Is Trump Hiding?
This Saturday, Americans will be protesting in the streets of Washington, D.C. and more than 100 other cities as part of Tax Day. Demonstrators will be calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns so the public can see if his global business interests include any conflicts of...
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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Fifty Years After King’s Famous Anti-War Speech, America Is Again Debating Guns Versus Butter
Today is the 50th anniversary of one of Rev. Martin Luther King’s most important speeches — an address at the prestigious Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967 in which he publicly denounced America’s war in Vietnam. In the 1960’s, the debate over war versus want was often called a...
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