Dissent Magazine

The Austerity Politics of White Supremacy

Since the end of the Confederacy, the cult of the “taxpayer” has provided a socially acceptable veneer for racist attacks on democracy.

Comforting Myths

The 2020 election wasn’t a decisive victory, and Trump and his supporters won’t disappear forever.

The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism

A string of pseudo-populist conservative movements have reverted to the same agenda of tax cuts and deregulation. Why should we expect anything different?

The Desperate Need for an Immigration Overhaul

Biden could ease the suffering inflicted by his predecessors on migrants to the United States. But his administration is unlikely to resolve the structural injustices at the root of the immigration enforcement system.

Don’t Blame “Defund”

Progressive, even radical, demands can help build an electoral base when connected to the on-the-ground knowledge of organizers.

Legacies of Cold War Liberalism

To think boldly today about education, economics, and politics demands a break with the anxieties that drove U.S. politics during the Cold War.

The Tax Trap

A long line of critical fiscal theorists has pointed to the limits of financing a politics of emancipation through levies on a regressive economy. We need to heed their warnings today.

Behind the Mask

We should be ashamed that there are so many in food lines across the country. Unless dramatic action is taken, the lines are about to get much longer.

Emotions on Strike

Burnout is not a problem we can individually solve. It is a symptom of a world set up to exhaust us to the point where we cannot resist.

Organizing the Unemployed

A replicable strategy for organizing the jobless on a mass scale has yet to emerge. The future may depend on finding one.

The Murder of a Witch

In Fernanda Melchor’s novel Hurricane Season, women are agents in their own lives, but we also see where the fear of such agency can lead.

Before Operation Dixie

The fate of the Southern labor movement helps us understand why the United States took a sharp right turn over the last half-century—and points to a path for transforming the country today.

A World Without Work?

Contemporary automation discourse responds to a real, global trend: there are too few jobs for too many people. But it ignores the actual sources of this trend: deindustrialization, depressed investment, and ultra-wealthy elites who stand in the way of a post-scarcity society.

A New Direction for U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

If Democrats win the U.S. election, it is time for a progressive reset in relations with Africa: a new foreign policy, centered on economic justice and the democratic aspirations of the continent’s youth.

The Hustle Economy

Today, inequality—especially racial inequality—is not only produced through the job market but through people’s ability to hustle.

Bodies on the Line

Introducing our Fall 2020 special section, “Technology and the Crisis of Work.”