Dissent Magazine

Red London

Owen Hatherley’s eye-opening account of the left in power in London suggests both the possibilities and limits for municipal socialism.

The Problem of Pain

It’s easier to blame individuals for the opioid crisis than to attempt to diagnose and cure the ills of a society.

Up From Sweatshops

For decades, economists have promoted low-wage textile industry as the best way for poor countries to build a manufacturing base. In East Africa, the promised trickle-down effects of foreign investment have not materialized.

Cult Capitalism

To understand how NXIVM’s members went from the pursuit of professional success to facilitating and enduring horrific wrongs requires examining the world of contemporary business from which the cult emerged.

A Friend to the Dissidents

The late Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal said his style was a “defense against politics.” But by collecting and describing the debris of life, he made the everyday seem mythic and earned the affection of the dissident movement.

Another Lost Decade?

Introducing the Spring 2021 special section, Global Economic Disorder.

The End of Development

Discussion in the United States about secular stagnation, a long-term tendency toward weak business investment and slow growth, has mostly focused on wealthy countries. But slowing growth around the world cannot be explained as the sign of economic “maturity.”

How Inequality Distorts Economics

The growing global concentration of wealth has made basic data on household savings, the trade deficit, and overseas assets increasingly unreliable.

And a Union

It’s in moments when even the best-case scenario on the table doesn’t get us far enough that socialist ideas are most important.

Hunger at the End of the Supply Chain

The people who sew clothes for major apparel giants are facing widespread hunger and destitution as a result of falling income and job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic—even as many of these corporations continue to turn a profit.

The Rise and Fall of Multilateralism

A quarter-century ago, the multilateral system of global economic governance had reached its pinnacle. Today, the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank are experiencing a deep crisis of legitimacy.

The Global Climate Ledger

The rise of the global middle class threatens to blow up the environmental envelope. Can the link between income and emissions be broken?


Isabel Wilkerson’s account of racial oppression elides crucial differences between social inequality in South Asia and the United States—differences with real implications for emancipatory political projects.

Backlash Forever

It’s time to abandon the assumption that workers have a “natural” home on the center-left. But we should also reject the idea that social conservatism always lies latent within working-class culture, ready for right-wing politicians to activate.

Repression in Xi’s China

The tightening of state control over Hong Kong and Xinjiang reveal a consolidation of authority in Xi’s CCP, intent on stifling any signs of nonconformity.

The Price of Empire

U.S. elites are not victims of China and Germany’s export-oriented policies. They are engaged in the complex balancing act needed to maintain global hegemony.