Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is the editor of Dissent.

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LBJ Was No Liberal Hero

April 13, 2014 · Blog

From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million. Among … {…}

By Michael Kazin

Beyond Rights

The 1964 Civil Rights Act certainly deserves a shower of golden anniversary tributes. Thanks to what Clay Risen, in his new book about its passage, calls “the Bill of the Century,” most Americans now assume and most welcome the fact … {…}

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Rand Paul Doesn’t Stand a Chance

March 26, 2014 · Blog

Libertarianism is suddenly in fashion. Denouncing the NSA, Rand Paul draws cheers both from young leftists in Berkeley and young conservatives in D.C.—and narrowly leads in early polls for the 2016 presidential nomination. The Koch brothers—who once bankrolled the Libertarian Party—plan to spend … {…}

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Kicking the Foreign-Intervention Habit

February 28, 2014 · Blog

Barack Obama is willing to withdraw almost every American soldier from Afghanistan and wants to reduce the Army to a size that would make another prolonged engagement abroad nearly impossible. Under his plan, the force of 450,000 would be the … {…}

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The Civil Rights Act Was Not as Important as You Think

February 12, 2014 · Blog

The Civil Rights Act was the most important legal step to combat inequality taken in the United States since the three Reconstruction amendments were added to the Constitution in the 1860s. The Bill of the Century is the title of … {…}

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Slavery Is Having a Hollywood Moment. What About the Rest of Black History in America?

January 21, 2014 · Blog

A century after the artful mendacity that was Birth of a Nation and 75 years after the pro-Confederate pathos of Gone With a Wind, Hollywood is finally seeing big profits in sympathetic narratives about the black men and women who were once held … {…}

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Dissent and the Next Left

When you’re celebrating your sixtieth birthday, there is a natural impulse to gaze back fondly at what you did well. For a magazine that has always been described as “little,” Dissent has aspired to contain multitudes. In our pages (and, … {…}

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Editor’s Page

Upon being elected mayor of New York City with nearly 75 percent of the vote, Bill de Blasio began his victory speech with words to gladden the heart of just about anyone who has ever written for Dissent: “Tackling inequality … {…}

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Universities Boycotting Israel Overshadow More Worthy Campus Activism

December 13, 2013 · Blog

This month, members of the American Studies Association (ASA) are voting on a resolution, which has already been endorsed unanimously by its National Council, that represents the left-wing tradition of “solidarity” in a most dubious form. It proposes “to honor … {…}

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Stop Looking for the Next JFK

November 21, 2013 · Blog

There are many reasons to wish John Kennedy had dodged those rifle shots in Dallas fifty years ago this week. One that’s rarely mentioned is how his martyrdom raised expectations for future presidents that are nearly impossible to meet. Liberals, … {…}

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