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, February 05, 2014
Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Lesbian Socialist—Author of "America the Beautiful"—Who Inspired the Super Bowl Coke Ad
Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others are freaking out about Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages as faces of people of different cultures are shown. Typical was the reaction of Michael Leahy of the...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Real Chris Christie Scandal: His Policies
During last fall's New Jersey gubernatorial contest, which Gov.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Is America Ready for a New War on Poverty?
Fifty years ago today (January 8) President Lyndon B. Johnson used his 1964 State of the Union address to declare an "unconditional war on poverty."
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013
Progressives are rarely satisfied. It is part of our political DNA. There's so much injustice in the world, it's sometimes hard to feel that we're making progress. But as Chinese philosopher Laozi reminded us, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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Friday, December 20, 2013
How Max Baucus, the Next Ambassador to China, Killed Progressive Health Care Reform
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Walmart Workers Will Make History on Friday As America Confronts Growing Inequality
This Friday , the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday discounts on computers, toys, and cell phones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items. But at more than 1,500 of Walmart's 4,000 stores, shoppers will be greeted by Walmart employees handing out leaflet
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for half a century. Too much of the discussion about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death has been regurgitating the debate over who was responsible for his murder. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Labor Board Sides With Workers: Walmart Can’t Silence Employees Any Longer
Walmart’s 1.3 million workers won a big victory Monday when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the retail giant had broken the law by firing and harassing employees who spoke out—and in some cases went on strike—to protest the company’s poverty pay and abusive labor practices.
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Tuesday’s Progressive Victories Show That the Tide is Turning
On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
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Saturday, October 05, 2013
Activists Confront Financial Titans Larry Fink and William Gross
Two activists who have been on the front lines of the battle against Wall Street's predatory practices confronted two of the world's wealthiest and most powerful financial titans -- BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink and PIMCO founder William Gross -- on Tuesday, pressuring them to discuss their corporations' attack on the working class families of Richmond, CA who are trying to salvage their lives and their homes from the disaster of foreclosure.
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