Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College. His most recent book is We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style, published by the New Press in January 2020 and co-edited with Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin.


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Moms 4 Housing’s organizing victory highlighted the twin crises of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in many communities in America. Read more


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The 2010s saw a surge in activism. Here are some of the highlights. Read more

Civil Rights in America

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Long a community with little clout, the state’s renters won a victory with national implications. Read more



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Saturday is the 100th birthday of Jerry Wurf, who turned AFSCME into a powerhouse and a champion of equal rights. Read more

Working in America


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The Tennessee training center has been a hub of the civil rights movement and progressive organizing since 1932. It appears that hatemongers have again tried to shut it down. Read more

Education in America


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Outright bribery may be the exception, but favoring the rich is the rule.  Read more

Education in America


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January 31 is the 100th birthday of the great ballplayer who set the standard for athletes who protest social injustice. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018 Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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To advance the conservative agenda, Roberts invokes the fiction of a nonpartisan judiciary.  Read more

Law and Justice


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And will boost the Congress’s African American membership to a record-high of at least 55. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The former quarterback’s new deal with Nike could have mixed effects on social justice. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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The Times’s anonymous op-ed calls to mind the World War II tale of a ship’s captain losing his marbles and seeking revenge. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Aretha, “Respect,” and the rise of second-wave feminism Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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The DSA member’s upset victory shows a growing number of Americans are no fans of actually existing capitalism. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Regardless of his motives, Kennedy will be responsible for allowing Trump to name a replacement who, along with the other right-wingers on the court, will further erode American democracy.  Read more

Law and Justice


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The great scientist was a radical egalitarian—but subject nonetheless to some of the biases of his time. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Taking a knee is in the best American tradition of protest. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Subsidizing market prices to make housing affordable is a losing strategy. There’s a better way—on display for a century in Vienna. Read more

Housing and Transportation


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Seeger had been blacklisted as a communist and this gutsy defiance of a corporate media giant marked his return to the mainstream cultural scene. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture