Dissent Magazine

Colossus Wears Tweed

A number of recent books blame the rise of neoliberalism on economists. But the evidence suggests it is still capital that rules.

Among the Post-Liberals

No one has the stomach to burn out the tongues of blasphemers anymore, even if some remain too ornery to admit it. Perhaps breaking free of liberalism is harder than it looks.

The Municipalist Moment

Movements on the left are increasingly looking to build power at the local level. The question is how we can leverage municipal gains to transform the system at expanding scales.

It’s Party Time

If you do not engage in the Democratic Party, its apparatus will continually be turned on you. You may not be interested in the Democratic leadership, but they’re interested in you.

Year One of AMLO’s Mexico

When AMLO took office there was a sense of hope, enthusiasm, and renewal. Today, there is a growing sense of unease that his administration cannot deliver the changes that Mexicans so desperately need.

We Need an Insurgent Mass Movement

Trumpian nativism promotes whiteness as the basis for solidarity. Our response must demonstrate how freedom for one depends on freedom for all.

The Court Is Not Your Friend

Progressives have little to lose and much to gain by leaving juristocracy to the enemies of democracy.

Lifestyle Migrants

The contrasts between North Americans moving south and Central Americans traveling north, or Western migrants frolicking on Thai beaches while Burmese refugees languish in camps, are numerous and stark.

Prisons and the Rural Ghetto

Prison construction becomes an attractive proposition in the face of poverty and the absence of other forms of private or public investment. To fight mass incarceration, we need different avenues for rural economic development.

Israel–Palestine Today: A Values-Based Approach

Refusing to hold Israel to the standards to which we hold all other states would be wavering in our commitment to freedom, democracy, and equality. (With a reply from Michael Walzer.)

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

What’s wrong with anti-Zionism is anti-Zionism itself. (With a response from Joshua Leifer.)

Afterlives of the Emergency

Responding to widespread popular discontent, Indira Gandhi marshaled the powers of the Constitution to suspend the rule of law. Her actions anticipated the crisis of democracy in India today.

Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?

XR promised to transcend politics as we know it. Yet politics has a stubborn way of catching up with those who disavow it.

Care and Repair: Left Politics in the Age of Climate Change

The Green New Deal will need to be subject to constant vigilance and pressure—from experts who understand exactly what it will take, and from social movements that have decades of experience bearing the brunt of false climate solutions.

Land Reform and the Green New Deal

Few Green New Deal proposals include explicit attention to rural people and places. But a bold vision for rural America can challenge the ascendance of right-wing populism.

Filming the Black Belt: An Interview with RaMell Ross

Our culture is saturated with media representations of young black men. Rarely do we see their lives unfold as they do in Hale County This Morning, This Evening—as full inhabitants of their own prosaic and grand humanity.

The New Tech Culture Wars

In our extremely online political times, content moderators have been cast as central players in the fight for democracy, whether as its antagonists or its delinquent guardians.