South Bend: Tragedy at Studebaker  

The nine workers standing semicircle in the entranceway of UAW Local 5 in South Bend were neither angry nor dour. The full shock of their new status as permanent alumni of the Studebaker…



The Politics of Poverty  

A few short years ago it was widely assumed that poverty was declining in the U.S. Indeed, to think about the poor was to reveal an inability to overcome the “trauma of the 1930’s,” for the vast…



In Praise of Inconsistency  

In our January, 1963 issue we printed “The Priest and the Jester,” a brilliant essay by the young Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski who has become generally recognized as an intellectual…



The Unreason of State  

When, after hearing about a case of government corruption, police torture, or arbitrary arrest we in Europe call on the state to respect moral values, we forget that the most important…





Prosperity-And Then What?  

For our Tenth Anniversary Issue, the distinguished Italian writer, Ignazio Silone, has sent us a few pages from a lengthy essay upon which he is at present working. -En. It may seem strange…



Not All Black  

As if their burdens were not overwhelming enough, the leaders of the civil rights movement have had to face a central pessimism at the heart of the Negro revolution. Like his fellow whites…







The First Ten Years  

This magazine was begun in the hope that it would survive at least a year. It has lasted ten. And it is going stronger than ever. Our paid circulation is at the highest point since we began;…



A Few Words of Greeting  

It has been a great achievement to have kept DISSENT going in this country these ten confused and difficult years. I can say this and applaud the value of our magazine in all humility, since…



Contra: In Loco Parentis  

Several years ago, a number of students at Southern University in Baton Rouge were expelled for demonstrating against local segregation practices. In his letter of expulsion, President Feltin Clark invoked Rule 16 in the Southern University Student Handbook. The rule …




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