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 other books include: Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas, 3rd edition, 2014), and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press, revised 2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Common Dreams, The Nation, and Huffington Post.

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint
Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
New York Times' Xmas Present to Corporate Lobby Group Fix-the Debt: A Puff Piece
The New York Times should be embarrassed. On December 24 it gave a Christmas present to the corporate-backed lobby group Fix the Debt with its front-page Business section puff piece about the organization, which is pushing to balance the federal budget by slashing social programs while cutting taxes for the rich.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Has the Blood of Connecticut Children on His Hands
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has a 62-page list of mass shootings in America since 2005. It is Wayne LaPierre's resume.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Obama Won. Now It's Time to Change the System
Despite President Obama’s important, even landmark, accomplishments, by the time November 6 arrived, many Americans were disappointed with his first term. They expected him to be a “transformational” president who would somehow, single-handedly, change Washington’s political culture.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Paul Wellstone: 10 Years After His Death, He Still Sets the Bar for a Politics of Conviction
Shortly before he died in a plane crash on October 25, 2002, Paul Wellstone explained why he was in the Senate: “I don’t represent the big oil companies, the big pharmaceuticals, or the big insurance industry. They already have great representation in Washington. It’s the rest of the people that need representation.”
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Let's Honor the Music and Spirit of Pete Seeger with the Nobel Peace Prize
At 93, Pete Seeger can still get people singing. On Monday, he had Stephen Colbert's studio audience singing "Quite Early Morning," a song he wrote in 1969, in the midst of the Vietnam War, to inspire people to keep the faith that a better world is possible, even in the midst of suffering, tragedy, and setbacks.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?
President Obama's conservative opponents lambast him as a radical , a socialist , and a purveyor of class warfare .
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Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Progressives and the Flag
July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote
Here's a headline you won't see, but should: "Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote."
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Can Rush Keep It Up?
The response to Rush Limbaugh’s latest tirade about college women having too much sex suggests that he may be growing impotent, politically at least.
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