John Peeler

john peelerJohn Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. His op-ed essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as many in local papers in central Pennsylvania where he lives. He has had letters published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

How Hard Is Change? A Fifty Year Perspective

history of racism

*+-John Peeler: There is nothing more threatening to white Americans than young black men. We have always been a country created by whites and for whites: hence the Tea Party slogan after the election of Barack Obama, “We want our country back!”

Inequality: What’s the Big Deal?

Rule by the Rich

*+-John Peeler: The only way our economy can produce equal opportunity for every person is through a systematic policy of redistributing wealth from the rich to the unrich. Our failure to do that in recent decades has put us on the road to plutocracy.

The Rich Don’t Always Win

Capitalism Destroys Democracy

*+-John Peeler: We had, from the 1930s through the 1970s, a thriving middle class of a size and strength that had no precedent, thanks to political struggles that led to government policies to redistribute the wealth.

The Short Career of Scientific Infallibility

Scientific Infallibility

*+-John Peeler: When George Will extends this argument to the present, to argue that the climate change we are experiencing is also naturally caused, most people familiar with the contemporary climatological research would emphatically disagree.

Cuba: Normal Is Radical

Cuba Diplomatic Relations

*+-John Peeler: Normalization of relations with Cuba is no doubt the most radical step Obama has taken in a presidency largely marked by caution and incrementalism.

CIA Torture: Crystallizing Cleavages

CIA Torture Report Released

*+-John Peeler: The release of this report, however, must be seen as a victory for Democratic liberals. They have won a key battle. The larger war over governing principles in foreign policy and international affairs will go on.

Free At Last! Obama at the Nadir

Obama Political Agenda

*+-John Peeler: The Obama who appealed to the liberal and socialist base among the more educated parts of American society was the embodiment of the hope for transcendence of centuries of racial oppression.

Reaping What We Sowed: Ronald Reagan and Chaos in Central America

Reagan Stop Communism

*+-John Peeler: In the guise of helping and defending Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the United States, and Ronald Reagan most particularly, created the disastrous conditions that impel the emigration of children. We did the Nicaraguans a great favor by not helping them.

Iraq Falls Apart

Iraq Falls Apart

*+-John Peeler: The American people (aside from a few neoconservative hawks) are not prepared for a permanent reoccupation of Iraq, and that is what it would take to stabilize the country. We’ve been there, done that.

Bergdahl Exchange: Getting Hammered No Matter What

Bergdahl Exchange

*+-John Peeler: Those alleging that the price was too high would be the same folks who in other contexts would unleash florid rhetoric about no price being too high to bring back American prisoners or hostages. It’s a cheap shot from people who weren’t doing the negotiating.

Guantánamo: Obama Can Finish It Now

Obama Can Close Guantanamo

*+-John Peeler: He could simply order the closing of the detention facility, the transfer of detainees and the entire Guantánamo operation to ships at sea, and the evacuation of the base.