About Dissent Magazine



“A pillar of leftist intellectual provocation”
New York Times


Dissent is a quarterly magazine of politics and ideas. Founded by Irving Howe and Lewis Coser in 1954, it quickly established itself as one of America’s leading intellectual journals and a mainstay of the democratic left. Dissent has published articles by Hannah Arendt, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, A. Philip Randolph, Michael Harrington, Dorothy Day, Bayard Rustin, Czesław Miłosz, Barbara Ehrenreich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Chinua Achebe, Ellen Willis, Octavio Paz, Martha Nussbaum, Roxane Gay, and many others.

Dissent is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We publish the very best in political argument, and take pride in cultivating the next generation of labor journalists, cultural critics, and political polemicists. If this work is important to you, please make a tax-deductible donation today by clicking here.

Dissent deserves the support of everyone who considers themselves a leftist. In a climate saturated with lame, tamed, cowering mainstream media focused almost entirely on symptom, not disease, Dissent looks at the real issues, and its existence is invaluable.” —Mark Bittman

“Always challenging, occasionally infuriating. Dissent is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the strange times in which we live.” —Katha Pollitt

Dissent is one of the noblest and most decent publications in the country.” —Benjamin Kunkel

“You must read Dissent.” —E. J. Dionne, Jr.

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