Stevenson and the Intellectuals  

For American radicals these are not times of easy political choice. They are all the more difficult if we continue to think in terms of elections, candidates and parties. Raised, as most of us have been, in a tradition of …



Imperialism and the Quest for New Ideas  

Political thinking, like merchandising, has its fashions. As Detroit car producers feel that to sell cars new models must be introduced each year, so political theorists have lately felt that to understand the world and sell one’s ideas there must …



Among Ourselves  

This first issue of DISSENT contains 112 pages. We hope to stabilize the magazine at 96 pages each issue. To a large extent, the size will depend on the response we get from our readers. Though our life is now …



The Uses of the Word “Socialism”  

From Paris we have received the following letter which raises problems that we hope will be discussed in later issues of DISSENT. Its author, M. Rubel, is a distinguished scholar whose work includes a study of Marxism and morality. His …



Letters from Prison  

The three letters that appear below are translated into English for the first time. They illustrate the two sides of Rosa Luxemburg: a tough and combative political fighter and a woman of fine sensibilities. Since it has long been the …





Books  

THORSTEIN VEBLEN. By David Riesman. Charles Scribner’s Sons. $3. In this unsympathetic book Thorstein Veblen is not the subject, he is the victim. An uncomfortable figure to cozilyinstalled liberals, Veblen is psychoanalyzed away. “The violence,” writes Riesman, “with which Thorstein …



Does It Hurt When You Laugh?  

The confusion of modern politics runs so deep, the breakdown of those traditional responses which held together a more or less “enlightened” public is so complete, that one no longer knows what feeling an event is likely to evoke among …



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The Conservative Mood  

“The groping for conservative ideas . . . involves the search for tradition rather than reason as guide; the search for some natural aristocracy as an anchor point of tradition and a model of character.”



A Note on Atrocities  

NOTHING BETTER ILLUSTRATES the moral schizophrenia of our society than the generally accepted notion of what constitutes a wartime “atrocity.” We are constantly reminded that international conferences have labored to work out rules to govern the treatment of prisonersof-war in …



The Uprising of June 17  

The June uprising in East Germany was not merely an incident in the resistance that has become part of daily life in the satellite areas; for this time the whole character of the resistance was suddenly, dramatically lifted to a …



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