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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So I’m not asking you to “take out” Jeffress. But I wouldn’t mind if you scared the shit out of him. Views
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Dear God: I Have a Small Favor To Ask
Dear God: I’m usually not one for prayer, but I have a special favor to ask. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor at First Baptist Dallas megachurch, released a statement today saying that President Trump has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I know you’re very busy, so...
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 "Trump’s efforts are rooted in his own need to avoid humiliation, but voter suppression is nothing new for the Republican Party." Views
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Trump’s War on Voters Has a Long History: We Need a Grassroots Voting-Rights Movement to Fight Back
Donald Trump’s war on voting rights, like much of his behavior, is rooted in revenge. After the November election, Trump tweeted that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million “illegals” fraudulently voted for Hillary Clinton. According to Trump, an unprecedented and truly astonishing...
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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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