Letter to a Former Subscriber  

DEAR I knew something had gone wrong by the time the Dissent public forum called “Patriotism in a Time of War” ended that evening last October in New York City. Some people in the audience (although by no means everyone) …





As Old as War Itself: Rape in Foca  

A glass wall covered by blinds separated the courtroom participants from the spectators in the public gallery, but a hush enveloped both sides when the witness known as FWS-50 began to speak. Although a voice modulator screened her identity from …



The Last Page  

MADISON, Wisconsin, 1969: Late that spring, after the largest antiwar marches and the student strike that brought out the national guard, the gradu- ate teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin made labor history. They voted in favor of union …



Italy: Divided They Fall  

What a difference fourteen days can make. On May 13, the center-left coalition that had governed Italy since 1996 lost control of both houses of Parliament to the center-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi. Journalists everywhere have already catalogued the …





Joanne Barkan Replies  

A competent polemicist, David Goodhart has produced a slick diatribe against left critics of the third way in general and, in particular, my annotation of the Blair-Schroeder manifesto. He’s also reproduced in his writing the defects of the politics he’s …



Democratic Questions  

The end of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial was a signal to the nation’s varsity pundits—time to begin overall evaluations of l’affaire Monica. The award for “most lugubrious wrap-up” goes to David Gergen. Speaking on a panel aired by C-SPAN, Gergen …





The Last Page  

I am an immigrant to Dissent-land from the shores of the New Left. Although I’ve had my naturalization papers since 1986, my nontraditional background got me this Last Page assignment. For the magazine’s forty-fifth anniversary, the editors asked me to …



Affirmative Action: Second Thoughts  

News from the affirmative action battle front: two members of the top brass have deserted the hard-line opposition. Nathan Glazer, who crusaded against affirmative action for more than two decades, has switched sides. Glenn Loury, who broke with the neoconservatives …



The Last Page  

Some of us Dissenters agitated year after year for a design overhaul and a new logo for the magazine. So I had high hopes when the revolution began last January, that is, when Michael Walzer, Mitchell Cohen, the staff, and …