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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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Steve Mnuchin: Evictor, Forecloser, and Our New Treasury Secretary
hroughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump criticized Wall Street bankers for their excessive political influence and attacked hedge-fund managers for getting away with “murder” under the current tax code. “The hedge-fund guys didn’t build this country,” Trump said on Face the Nation . “...
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Trump Isn’t Hitler. But We Should Act Like He Is.
Donald Trump isn’t Hitler. The United States is not Weimar Germany. Our economic problems are nowhere as bad as those in Depression-era Germany. Nobody in the Trump administration (not even Steven Bannon) is calling for genocide (although saber-rattling with nuclear weapons could lead to global war...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
After Grassroots Activists Expose Scam, Elizabeth Warren Tells ‘Gutless” CEO John Stumpf to Resign
Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf was on the hot seat Tuesday when he faced Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and other angry lawmakers at a Senate Banking Committee hearing designed to investigate the bank’s widespread rip-off of its customers. Warren told Stumpf, who earns $19 million a year: “...
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Monday, September 05, 2016
This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Was for Workers' Rights
Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages — and...
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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Are Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon, Roger Ailes Cooking Up a Post-Election Media Empire?
Before he became the chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department at Goldman Sachs. For the past year, Bannon has merged Breitbart News with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, hoping to acquire more and more influence as a frequent Trump advisor...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Donald Trump and the ‘Banality of Evil’
Donald Trump’s comment on Tuesday about how “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton if she gets elected is hardly subtle. This is a clear provocation to commit murder, however he and his handlers may try to spin it. At a rally in Wilmington, N.C. , Trump told the crowd that “Hillary...
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Friday, July 15, 2016
In An Age of Trump, We Need Woody Guthrie
If Woody Guthrie, America’s most revered troubadour for social justice, was still alive he would no doubt be celebrating his 104th birthday today by writing songs about Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrants, Muslims, the physically handicapped, and other groups and about the growing Black Lives...
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Three Strategies to Beat the NRA
On Wednesday, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights hero, led a sit-in of fellow House Democrats on the House floor to demand action on gun control legislation. Lewis strode to the lectern and called on his colleagues to “occupy this floor.” Soon, about two-dozen lawmakers gathered around...
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Saturday, June 04, 2016
The Greatest — Muhammad Ali — Dies at 74
At the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Muhammad Ali suddenly appeared on a platform in the stadium. Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, passed the heavy Olympic torch to Ali. Shaking from Parkinson’s disease and perhaps from nervousness, he stood for a...
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Friday, June 03, 2016
Is the Contemptible Trump In Contempt of Court?
Donald Trump just struck out swinging, so now he’s attacking the umpire. Unfortunately for Trump, the umpire is Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the Federal District Court in San Diego, who is presiding over a class action lawsuit accusing Trump University of defrauding and misleading consumers who plunked...
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