The refugee camp and its inhabitants at Piraeus Port, where Plato set the Republic, evoked a fundamental political quandary: who is included in democracy and who is left out?
Charity fosters hierarchy, empowers the wealthy, and undermines democracy.
A report from the picket line.
If the Cuban government focuses solely on economic reforms and limits political reform to cosmetic or ineffectual changes, it will be like cast iron: hard but brittle.
Olivia Laing’s novel Crudo is a tragicomic monument to our hyper-atrophied attention spans.
What do conservatives believe in the age of Trump?
To confront the newly powerful extreme right in Latin America, the left needs a clear-eyed understanding of its time in power.
Introducing the special section of our Winter issue.
Here’s what’s at stake.
With the threat of the far-right looming, transforming the “gilets jaunes” into a viable political force that can defeat Macron, let alone neoliberalism, will be no simple task.
“Capitalism is dying,” wrote Michael Harrington forty years ago. “It will not, however, disappear on a given day, or in a given month or even year. Its demise will take place as a historic process that could lead to democratic socialism—or to a new kind of collectivist and authoritarian society.”
A look back on the year at Dissent.
After decades of relative stability, Western elites forgot how precious and precarious liberal democracy really is.