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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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today
No celebration of Women’s History Month would be complete without acknowledging the extraordinary achievements of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Gilman was the most important feminist thinker in the United States. She laid the groundwork for later feminists like Simon...
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Saturday, February 27, 2016
David Brooks Is Wrong Again — Trump's Rise Is Not 'Anti-Politics' but the Cancer of Big Money
In his latest column, "The Governing Cancer of Our Times," New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks tries to explain Donald Trump's rise as a presidential candidate. The cancer Brooks refers to is not Trump himself but what he calls "anti-politics." Brooks didn't invent this term but he...
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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Gloria Steinem Renews an Old Debate About Socialism and Feminism
In 1905, Eugene V. Debs, the popular labor activist and Socialist Party leader, had a speaking engagement in Rochester, New York and went to visit the aging women’s rights pioneer Susan B. Anthony at her home there. They exchanged memories of their previous meeting; then Anthony took Debs’s hand...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A Trump Candidacy Is Good for the Democrats, But Bad for America
Would having Donald Trump as the GOP nominee be good or bad for the Democrats -- or for the country? On the one hand, I'm confident that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could beat Trump relatively easily. Current polls show Sanders beating Trump , and Clinton beating Trump (although by a...
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
When Tom Friedman Red-Baited Bernie Sanders
"What if our 2016 election ends up being between a socialist and a borderline fascist—ideas that died in 1989 and 1945 respectively?," New York Times pundit Tom Friedman asks in his latest column . Friedman apparently doesn't understand that the idea that "died in 1989" was Communism. Senator...
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Monday, January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King Jr.: One of the Nation's Great Democratic Socialists
As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that Rev. Martin Luther King was a democratic socialist. In 1964, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, he observed that the United States could learn much from Scandinavian "democratic socialism." He often talked about the need to confront "...
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Saturday, January 02, 2016
'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, has fired columnist Harold Meyerson, one of the nation's finest journalists and perhaps the only self-proclaimed socialist to write a weekly column for a major American newspaper during the past decade or two. At a time when America is...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
What is Democratic Socialism, American-Style?
Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is generating lots of media attention, the word "socialism" is in the news. But few Americans know what it is or what Sanders means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." In the early 1900s, socialists led the movements for women's...
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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Paul Wellstone’s Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Legacy
The late Senator Paul Wellstone used to say that he represented the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party." Since Wellstone died in a plane crash 13 years ago (October 25, 2002), other activists and politicians -- from the Occupy Wall Street, Raise the Wage, anti-Keystone pipeline, fossil fuel...
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Paul Ryan – Liar, Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist
Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he’s orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called “establishment” and “Tea Party” wings of the Republican Party – the only guy who can save...
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