George Bush’s Philosophers  

The politics of George W. Bush, unlike earlier American conservatisms, is animated by ideas and not merely by interests. That is, at least, what Bush’s friends assert, and what his foes usually concede. But is it so? The ideas in …





In Search of Root Causes  

A certain kind of leftist just can’t help blaming American imperialism for September 11. In the search for “root causes,” their instinct to designate the United States as villain overwhelms their spirit of critical inquiry. Overlooking the perpetrators’ frank expressions …



California’s Deregulation Debacle  

The California power crisis has made it clear to all but the most theory-besotted ideologues that “trusting the market” does not automatically solve economic problems. This comes as news to few readers of Dissent, but what went wrong is worth …



Suburbs, Status, and Sprawl  

The neighbors of Our Lady of Mercy church were aghast. The archdiocese wanted to build an assisted-living home for thirty senior citizens on the church’s eleven-acre property in an expensive Washington, D.C., suburb. The aggrieved residents quickly collected money to …





Technical Fix  

ENERGY FUTURE: REPORT OF THE ENERGY PROJECT AT THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, edited by Robert Stobaugh and Daniel Yergin. New York: Random House. 353 pp. $12.95. One of the classic pitfalls in setting policies for the social use of technology …



A Third Path for Energy  

In the summer 1979, Dissent printed several articles on the energy problem, from various points of view. Below appears another article, in line with our policy of providing a forum for a range opinions, within the spectrum of socialist and …



Energy and Social Policy  

The Poverty of Power: Energy and the Economic Crisis, by Barry Commoner. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 314 pp. Barry Commoner’s book is not merely a comprehensive statement of the environmentalist outlook on the energy crisis; Commoner integrates his description …



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