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Scotland’s Vote for Democracy

September 16, 2014 · Blog

The next great experiment in reinventing democracy gets its airing in Scotland’s independence vote on Thursday. It’s been almost four years since Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution stoked the appetite for more direct forms of democracy. The resulting wave of occupations swept … {…}

By Andrew Ross
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The Next Dissent

September 15, 2014 · Blog

Our fall issue launches on October 1, with a sharp new look, an all-star special section on “Politics and the Novel,” and, for the first time, fiction. {…}

By Editors
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The Diaspora Roadblock to Peace

September 15, 2014 · Blog

For the American Jewish community, the Jewish National Fund’s blue boxes are ubiquitous, a sign of communal strength and affluence and a testament to the community’s commitment to the Jewish state. But they also represent one of the American Jewish … {…}

By Joshua Leifer
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Populism and Other Epithets

September 11, 2014 · Blog

In their efforts to smear Spain’s Podemos party as “populist,” pundits have only revealed the vacuousness of the term. {…}

By Bécquer Seguín
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Did the U.S. Really Break Iraq? Response to Michael Walzer

September 9, 2014 · Blog

To read Kathleen Cavanaugh’s original article, click here. To read Michael Walzer’s response, click here. In Michael Walzer’s reply to my piece on Iraq, he suggests that it reflects “how many leftists think about Iraq and other similar places” and … {…}

By Kathleen Cavanaugh
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Did the U.S. Really Break Iraq? Response to Kathleen Cavanaugh

September 9, 2014 · Blog

I was glad to read Kathleen Cavanaugh’s article on “Sectarian Entrepreneurs: How the U.S. Broke Iraq.” It is full of information, and it is an excellent guide to how many leftists think about Iraq and other similar places. But did … {…}

By Michael Walzer
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Belabored Podcast #60: Whither Market Basket? with James Green

September 5, 2014 · Blog

Is the outcome of the Market Basket strike a victory for working people, or something more complicated? Belabored asks James Green, a former professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the author of several books on labor history and social movements. Plus: care workers mobilizing across the country, pre-K workers and inequality in New York, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Weathering the Ups and Downs of Social Movements

September 4, 2014 · Blog

How do we know when movements have died—and when are they primed to revive? {…}

By Mark Engler and Paul Engler
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In Memoriam: Michael B. Katz

August 28, 2014 · Blog

We at Dissent are deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime contributor and friend Michael Katz, who passed away on Saturday. Katz’s contributions to Dissent in recent years included “Why Aren’t U.S. Cities Burning?” (2007), “The Death of ‘Shorty’” … {…}

By Editors
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Belabored Podcast #59: Labor Rights as Civil Rights, with Moshe Marvit

August 22, 2014 · Blog

Is the right to form a union also a civil right? Belabored asks Moshe Marvit, who recently helped turn the idea into legislation now pending in Congress. Plus: “crowd work,” Ferguson, unionizing Elmos, and why we need a four-hour workday. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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