Symposium

Symposium

I write these thoughts on Dissent’s future with a copy of the Spring 1956 issue lying next to my typewriter—part of a fairly complete collection that I cherish immensely. The Spring 1956 issue contains articles that cut across the gamut of concerns that would engage Dissent’s editors and contributors for the next three-and-a-half decades. For example—events in the Soviet Union surrounding the Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, resistance in Russian prison camps, Eastern European political degradation (con- veyed through a poem), authoritarian patterns in Spain and Latin America, the decolonization war in Algeria, the threat of world extinction from the H-Bomb, the dilemma of the left-wing or radical intellectual in the bourgeois, satisfied America of the 1950s (three articles), and the nascent radicalization of the civil rights movement in the South and North (three articles— one by Irving Howe on civil rights activism in the North).

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