Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

Recent Articles

Trump No Longer Really Running for President

The Donald’s real political goal is to make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to govern.

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AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves following the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, October 19, 2016. I f it wasn't clear before Wednesday night's debate, it should be obvious now that Donald Trump is no longer seriously running for president. He is using his campaign to become the leader of what he calls “our movement”—a white supremacist, nativist, and nationalist crusade—to boost his ego, settle scores (including with many Republicans), and make it impossible for Hillary Clinton to govern. He intends to become America's first celebrity demagogue. For at least the past month, Trump had realized that he is going to lose the race for president on November 8. Indeed, every day, it looks more and more likely that Clinton will beat him by landslide margins in both the popular vote and the Electoral College. If he were still running for president, and trying to win 270...

The Cubs, Cars, Cat Stevens, Consumers, and Capitalism

A new car ad evokes our contentious political climate and exploits a classic protest song to sell Jeep Grand Cherokees.

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Radu Bercan/Shutterstock I t is unlikely that the late Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) was a baseball fan. But had he been watching Friday's Chicago Cubs-San Francisco Giants game, he would probably have had a lot to say about the new one-minute Jeep Grand Cherokee commercial featuring Cat Stevens' song, “If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out,” that was broadcast between innings. In his 1964 book, One Dimensional Man , Marcuse (who taught at Brandeis University and the University of California at San Diego) explored how capitalism seeks to co-opt radical ideas for commercial purposes and turn them into commodities to promote consumer culture and corporate profit. The new commercial for the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a perfect illustration of Marcuse's point. Created by the McGarryBowen advertising agency, and entitled “Free to Be,” it is a brilliant and disturbing ad designed to exploit our current political and cultural moment, even making an overt reference to the...

Record Number of Women May Serve in Senate

It’s well known that Hillary Clinton may make history as the nation’s first woman president, but less noticed are the many women running for Senate this year, who may break a record of their own.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Jeanne Shaheen, Amy Klobuchar, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikulski, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Claire McCaskill, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Mazie Hirono at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. A mericans might not only elect their first woman president in November; they might also install a record number of women in the 100-member Senate. There are currently 20 women in the Senate—14 Democrats and six Republicans—according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Twelve women—including three incumbents—are currently running for ten Senate seats. (There are 34 Senate races this year). If things break well for the Democrats, the next Senate could have 24 women—19 Democrats and five Republicans. This would be a record number of women in the Senate. Public opinion about women running for public office has changed dramatically over the last several...