Green Politics

Green Politics

With this issue, Dissent inaugurates a new concern with the politics of the environment. The following essays have been specially commissioned to broach this theme, as have additional ones that will appear in the Summer issue. Thereafter, we expect to carry articles on these topics regularly.

The environment is not a standard theme for the political left. In its classic thinking, the left has most often viewed the future of humanity as turning on outcomes of essentially political struggles—capital versus labor, for example, or democracy versus authoritarianism, or egalitarianism versus hierarchy. Starting from such views, it requires a bit of reconsideration to acknowledge that the most momentous developments in coming decades could well stem from the relationship between human beings and the nonhuman environment.

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