Dissent Magazine

#SocialismSucks: Trump’s TikTok Teens

Right-wing TikToks are part of a counter-movement of younger conservatives fighting the rise of leftism and their own feeling of erasure.

Remnants of the New Deal Order

We can only understand the left’s present dilemmas by seeing them in light of the conflicted legacy of the New Deal.

The End of the Chilean Fantasy

The massive protests in Chile aren’t just about the facts of inequality, but the contempt of the elite—and a democratic transition that fell short of addressing the lasting effects of the dictatorship.

A Ballad of Unchecked Dread

In Weather, Jenny Offill explores how our sense that society is on the cusp of disaster takes hold.

Holy War: Latin America’s Far Right

Old arguments about morality, Christianity, and the essential correctness of postcolonial racial and social stratification have proven a tremendous asset to the reaction against the Pink Tide.

Storming the Castle

In a political culture that fetishized consensus, Phyllis Schalfly was a one-woman polarization machine.

Why We Left the Right

A group of ex-conservatives explore how they were drawn to the left, and where they think we’re headed now.

Bad Romance

The afterlife of The Romance of American Communism shows that no political movement ever really ends. We bear the weight of dead generations—and sometimes living ones, too.

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

A socialist president would have to navigate with great skill between the rocks of utopia and the shoals of compromise.

What It Means to Be Liberal

Like all adjectives, “liberal” modifies and complicates the noun it precedes. It determines not who we are but how we are who we are—how we enact our ideological commitments.

Native Americas

We tend to take the present-day shape and status of the United States as a given. What if, instead, we envisioned the Americas as a region of overlapping indigenous territories?

What the New MoMA Leaves Out

The glowing praise for the redesigned MoMA’s embrace of diversity masks deeper historical problems.

Construction Workers and the Gig Economy

Misclassification is a business model that depends on tax, insurance, and payroll fraud. It is an assault of a century of hard-won workers’ rights.

The Trauma of the Troubles

In recent depictions of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, we find not the blast sites of the conflict but the domestic spaces that absorbed the fallout.

E Pluribus Country

Politics flattens, but the best country music invites us into people’s complex and contradictory lives.

Up from Polarization

In his new book, Ezra Klein builds a persuasive account of the rise of polarization. But the master explainer can offer no explanation for where we go from here.

Listening in an Emergency

Big Thief makes protest music for a moment when even language, even stories, even voices, have betrayed us.

After Carbon Democracy

The Green New Deal is a wager that more democracy, rather than less, is the way to tackle climate change.