Young Man on the Make  

RADICALS OF THE THIRTIES, Travers Clement has recently suggested, can be classified as repenters and dissenters. The former predominate. Some magazines, such as Commentary, specialize in documents of repentance. The November 1953 issue carries an article by William Petersen called …



A Word to Our Readers  

The purpose of this new magazine is suggested by its name: to dissent from the bleak atmosphere of conformism that pervades the political and intellectual life of the United States; to dissent from the support of the status quo now …



Public Pornography  

THE POSTWAR FLOOD of pornography shows no sign of abating and, for once, it seems, the dim congressmen, stern churchmen, and stiff-laced ladies are complaining about something real and reckonable. It is not my intent to oppose Vice, from which …



Government by Secrecy  

1. Whenever the powerless have confronted powerful decision makers, the quest for wider knowledge has been among their key demands. Since ignorance of the many is one of the bases upon which rests the power of the few, all democratic …



The Economics of Self-Congratulation  

The latest discovery of certain intellectuals is a book called American Capitalism: the Concept of Countervailing Power by an exeditor of Fortune and a Harvard Professor of Economics, John Kenneth Galbraith. Hard-boiled eggheads of what might be called the devitalized …



British Labor in Retrospect  

“Some, indeed, said things were worse; that the morals of the people declined from this very time; that the people, hardened by the danger they had been in, like seamen after a storm is over, were more wicked and more …



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