Clinton and the Counterculture  

Did Bill Clinton’s impeachment crisis represent a continuation of the culture wars from the nineteen sixties? My three-part answer is: it did; did not; and vice versa. To wit: (1) The impeachment did represent a continuation of the old culture …



A Fanatic’s Journey  

Radical Son by David Horowitz Free Press, 1997 468 pp $27.50 A good many readers of Dissent subscribe to the New Republic, and those readers will thrill at the opportunity to discover anew the following letter-to-the-editor, which ran in the …



Edmund Wilson–And Our Non-Wilsonian Age  

Has the American culture that could once generate an Edmund Wilson become incapable of generating anyone similar today? Has something fundamental changed in American life, and is the age of critics-in-general (and readers-in-general) behind us? The idea that some such …



The Last Page  

After Ella Fitzgerald died last June, I picked out a few CDs, played them over and over, and became happier and happier at what I heard (except in the case of a horrible album with Andre Previn on piano, and …



The Last Page  

If this were a nineteenth-century book and not a modern magazine, the last few entries of a lengthy, cluttered index might appear right here, listing every conceivable and inconceivable topic along with the appropriate page number. We see very few …



Responses: Paul Berman  

I have no particular quarrel with Stanley Hoffmann’s comments, not even with the one endorsing a “free enterprise system” in Russia. But since Dissent is a journal of the left, allow me to exhume an additional point from the ancient …



Symposium  

The question poses a choice between “radical hope,” which sounds grand, and “piecemeal” pleading for a “little more” democracy, which sounds piddling. Who would oppose “radical hope,” given such an alternative? From a realistic point of view, radical hope can, …



Remembering Irving Howe  

What was the source of Irving’s distinctive prose style? The lyricism that you find in World of Our Fathers, the tender and quizzical humor in that book, the immigrant pathos that manages to remain light, and the lightness that manages …





With the Lower Depths  

In The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe devotes a single passage to the way historical memory influences a certain kind of modern liberal sensibility. Wolfe’s Bronx assistant district attorney, Kramer, searching his political conscience, stumbles on the word “socialist” …



Paul Berman Replies  

In my article in the Summer 1990 Dissent, I outlined what went wrong with the Nicaraguan revolution under Sandinista leadership. The article was written in March 1990. Events since then have confirmed the gist of what I said. One of …



Why the Sandistas Lost  

A few days before the Somoza dictatorship was overthrown in 1979, Anastasio Somoza Debayle called a demonstration for himself in central Managua. A vast crowd descended on the rally grounds. A Nicaraguan journalist tells me that, looking at the immensity …