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  • Thank you for your support: Thanks to all who gave in 2020. Your generosity makes Dissent's work possible.
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Thank you for your supportThanks to all who gave in 2020. Your generosity makes Dissent’s work possible. Bold text indicates donations at or above the Sustainer level. Adlyn & Ted Loewenthal Adriana Magaña in honor of Cervantes Magaña Alan Berlow & Suzy Blaustein Alan Ritter Alexander K. Markovits Alexander Keyssar Allen M. Gown Amara

  • Cult Capitalism
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Lyra Walsh Fuchs

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Cult Capitalism Lyra Walsh Fuchs (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution Ex-NXIVM member Sarah Edmondson holds one of the colored sashes that she earned while ascending the ranks of the cult. (Warner Media/courtesy of HBO) [End Page 6] In October 2017, the New York Times broke the news that NXIVM, an Albany-based company that

  • A Friend to the Dissidents
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Matt Weir

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: A Friend to the Dissidents Matt Weir (bio) On the night of August 20, 1968, neighbors woke the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal and his wife, Eliška Plevová, to tell them that the Soviet Union was invading. Already their occupiers, the Soviets were now coming to put an end to the reforms of the Prague Spring. By morning, planes were flying

  • The End of Development
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Tim Barker

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The End of Development Tim Barker (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution Call centers have become the emblem of India’s service-sector development model. (Gautam Singh/IndiaPictures/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) [End Page 22] When I was in high school, my economics class read The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. The

  • How Inequality Distorts Economics
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Fred Block

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: How Inequality Distorts Economics Fred Block (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution Satellite view of the Grand Cayman Island. The Cayman Islands have become a major tax haven for wealthy individuals and multinational corporations. (USGS/NASA Land-sat/Getty Images) [End Page 42] One of the urgent challenges facing the Biden administration

  • Hunger at the End of the Supply Chain
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Penelope Kyritsis, Genevieve LeBaron

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Hunger at the End of the Supply Chain Penelope Kyritsis (bio) and Genevieve LeBaron (bio) A Bangladeshi woman loses her factory job in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before, she was able to afford the occasional purchase of meat, fish, and fruit for her family. This is no longer the case. “Egg is a luxurious food for us now,” she says

  • The Immovable AMLO
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Humberto Beck, Carlos Bravo Regidor, Patrick Iber

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Immovable AMLO Humberto Beck (bio), Carlos Bravo Regidor (bio), and Patrick Iber (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution President Andrés Manuel López Obrador waves a flag on the balcony of the National Palace to kick off Independence Day celebrations on September 15, 2020, in Mexico City. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images) [End

  • From the Ashes of the Old: A New Deal for Wildland Firefighters
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Daniel Boguslaw

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: From the Ashes of the OldA New Deal for Wildland Firefighters Daniel Boguslaw (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution The Texas Canyon Hotshot crew fights a fire July 2016. (David McNew/AFP via Getty Images) [End Page 102] Last summer, the fires creeping up from Salem, Oregon, and the base of the Cascades colored Portland’s skies

  • American Eldercide
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Margaret Morganroth Gullette

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: American Eldercide Margaret Morganroth Gullette (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution Transporting a sick nursing-home patient to the hospital in Austin, Texas (John Moore/Getty Images) [End Page 112] Contrary to what many believe, the tens of thousands of deaths of those living in long-term care (LTC) were no inevitable biological

  • The Pandemic Risk Shift
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Colin Gordon

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Pandemic Risk Shift Colin Gordon (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution A waiter carries a tray through a snowstorm in New York City in February 2021. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) [End Page 120] In modern liberal democracies, social policies reflect a moral commitment to the dignity and well-being of those residing within

  • The Problem of Pain
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Sophie Pinkham

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Problem of Pain Sophie Pinkham (bio) White Market Drugs: Big Pharma and the Hidden History of Addiction in America by David Herzberg University of Chicago Press, 2020, 400 pp. Click for larger view View full resolution A worker removes the Sackler name from a building at Tufts University in 2019. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via

  • Majority-Minority Myths
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Jake Rosenfeld

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Majority-Minority Myths Jake Rosenfeld (bio) The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream by Richard Alba Princeton University Press, 2020, 336 pp. Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics by Zoltan L. Hajnal Cambridge University Press, 2020, 362

  • The Conservative Court
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Aryeh Neier

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The Conservative Court Aryeh Neier (bio) Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America by Adam Cohen Penguin Press, 2020, 448 pp. In 1963, I started work at the American Civil Liberties Union. My assignment was to establish new affiliates of the organization in states such as Texas and Oklahoma and

  • After Homosexuality
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Kate Redburn

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: After Homosexuality Kate Redburn (bio) Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy, and Capital in the Rise of the World System by Christopher Chitty Duke University Press, 2020, 240 pp. Where do gay people come from? This has been one of the central questions for the gay rights movement in the United States. Responses to it animate arguments

  • "Were We Not Promised To Be Free?"
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Divya Subramanian

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: “Were We Not Promised To Be Free?” Divya Subramanian (bio) Making the Modern Slum: The Power of Capital in Colonial Bombay by Sheetal Chhabria University of Washington Press, 2019,256 pp. The Coolie’s Great War: Indian Labour in a Global Conflict, 1914–1921 by Radhika Singha Oxford University Press, 2020, 256 pp. Last May, a five-minute

  • A Name To Know
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-04-08
    Nic Yeager

    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: A Name To Know Nic Yeager (bio) Click for larger view View full resolution Still from My Name Is Pauli Murray (Courtesy of Pauli Murray Foundation) Naming something makes it knowable. No one sensed that better than Pauli Murray, a trailblazing feminist, civil rights lawyer, scholar, poet, and priest, who coined the term “Jane Crow” to

  • Comforting Myths
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Timothy Shenk

    Last summer in this space, I wrote that although Joe Biden was intermittently making noises about a new New Deal, he could just as likely end up a twenty-first-century Warren G. Harding, a caretaker president overseeing a dreary return to normalcy

  • Emotions on Strike
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Sarah Jaffe

    It’s the feeling of staring at a blank wall and wanting your brain to spark but not knowing how to make it happen. Or the feeling of trying to smile and knowing your eyes don’t match (a feeling made worse by going about masked, knowing you have even less ability to fake it). Or maybe it’s the endless stream of tasks that used to seem like checkpoints on a road to somewhere but now just feel like a

  • The Exhausted Radiance of Claudine
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Charles Taylor

    In an episode of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom Good Times, the mother (Esther Rolle) and father (John Amos) raising their kids in the Chicago projects look for a movie to see on their date night, and the only thing showing that isn’t a blaxploitation outing is the 1974 romance Claudine. Twentieth Century Fox used that difference in order to sell the movie. In contrast to the badass poses struck in the

  • The 2020 Elections: A Roundtable
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Timothy Shenk, Sheri Berman, Adom Getachew, Michael Kazin, Aziz Rana, Matthew Sitman

    On Monday, November 9, Dissent co-editor Timothy Shenk moderated a roundtable on the 2020 U.S. elections with Sheri Berman, Adom Getachew, Michael Kazin, Aziz Rana, and Matthew Sitman. The following transcript of that discussion has been edited for clarity and length.

  • Will Joe Biden Be the First Climate President?
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Alyssa Battistoni

    Joe Biden touted an ambitious set of climate policies during his campaign, many developed via consultation with the Biden–Sanders task force on climate, and he has named climate change as one of his top four priorities on the website for his transition team. The Sunrise Movement and others are arguing that Biden’s victory represents a mandate to act on climate. Economic conditions are ideal for a program

  • Hal Rogers's Kentucky Kingdom
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Tarence Ray

    This year marks Harold “Hal” Rogers’s twenty-first consecutive electoral victory in Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District, making him the secondlongest-serving Republican in Congress. He rode into office on the wave of the Reagan Revolution in 1980, and the governing style he’s employed in the Fifth District—which covers the rural, mountainous, Appalachian region of southeastern Kentucky—can mostly

  • The Not-So-Strange Death of Right Populism
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Daniel Luban

    Much as he did twelve years ago, Joe Biden comes to the White House amid a punishing economic crisis. Yet the opposition he faces is entirely different, for Donald Trump has shattered the Republican Party’s old smallgovernment pieties and ushered in a new working-class conservatism eager to use government to serve the common good.

  • The Desperate Need for an Immigration Overhaul
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Michelle Chen

    In January, Joe Biden will inherit an immigration system that is significantly more broken than it was when he left the White House in 2017. His first challenge will be to stop the bleeding—to address the massive human rights violations at the border and restore protections that were revoked by the Trump White House. But his administration is not likely to resolve the structural injustice woven into

  • Don't Blame "Defund"
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Jasson Perez

    On May 28, 2020, after three days of anger over the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct burned down. Protests that had already spread beyond Minnesota erupted nationwide, connecting Floyd’s death to the murders of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. These demonstrations responded to the routine criminalization of Black and Indigenous people, as well as other people

  • The Limits of Foreign Policy Restoration
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Nick Serpe

    During the 2016 presidential primary, Donald Trump distinguished himself from his opponents by stepping outside the boundaries of acceptable opinion on national security and foreign policy. “It’s one of the worst decisions in the history of the country,” he said of the Iraq War. “We have totally destabilized the Middle East.” (In typical family-first fashion, he credited the error to George W. Bush

  • Disenfranchisement: An American Tradition
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Julilly Kohler-Hausmann

    During the 2020 election, liberal pundits and politicians repeatedly warned that democracy was “on the line,” “at stake,” “in peril,” and facing “an existential threat.” There was occasion for the hyperbolic language: Donald Trump and his Republican allies orchestrated an unprecedented assault on the integrity of U.S. elections by, to list just a few examples, promulgating ludicrous lies about voter

  • Union Power After the Election
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Rich Yeselson

    Since election day, the manic performances by Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Sidney Powell of the “indigenous American berserk” have surely been keeping Philip Roth in stitches in whatever part of the great beyond he dwells. Meanwhile, the leadership of the American labor movement has been its stolid self.

  • A Possible Majority
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Jedediah Britton-Purdy

    The American present regularly inspires the feeling that it is totally, horribly new. Just as often, it seems to give evidence that it is just the latest recrudescence of perennial American curses. In fact, our moment is deeply continuous with and shaped by something more specific: the collapse and revival of political possibility in roughly the last thirty years, from the end of the Cold War to today

  • Organizing the Unemployed
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Sam Adler-Bell

    At the beginning of November, a million Americans filed new unemployment claims within a single week. Over 20 million were already receiving benefits. While the unemployment rate came down to 6.9 percent in October, that figure elides those who’ve dropped out of the labor force altogether. Indeed, many job losses considered “temporary” in the spring have been reclassified as “permanent.” At the time

  • The Austerity Politics of White Supremacy
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Vanessa Williamson

    From the Southern strategy of the 1960s to Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election, it is easy to trace the Republican Party’s decades-long descent into racial authoritarianism. Despite the president’s unhinged response to the election results, the real locus of power is the Senate, where Republican legislators have been striking sobersounding notes about the need for smaller government

  • Legacies of Cold War Liberalism
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Michael Brenes, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

    If war is a force that gives us meaning, as Chris Hedges famously wrote, what purpose remains when the ultimate battle has been won? This question plagued many American intellectuals after the end of the Cold War, when the United States assumed an unrivaled geopolitical position.

  • The Global Climate Ledger
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Adam Tooze

    The gilets jaunes protests haunt global climate politics. The weeks of demonstrations and clashes with police that began in France in November 2018 were triggered by the announcement of steep increases in gas prices, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron’s government was slashing taxes on wealth. It was an egregious political misstep, which has put the question of “just transition” at the top of

  • Backlash Forever
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Gabriel Winant

    When a young Chuck Schumer arrived at Harvard in 1967 as a freshman, he joined the great political stirring of those years— who could resist it? But Abbie Hoffman he was not. “I was faced with what Alexander Hamilton called mobocracy,” Schumer recalled in his coauthored 2007 book Positively American. He became a College Democrat, canvassed for Eugene McCarthy, and eschewed the radicals. Campus members

  • Caste, Race, and Class
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Hari Ramesh

    In a letter written to W.E.B. Du Bois in 1946, B.R. Ambedkar, the Dalit scholar, activist, and statesman, expressed a keen interest in the plight of black Americans. “I have been a student of the Negro problem and have read your writings throughout,” he wrote. “There is so much similarity between the position of the Untouchables in India and of the position of the Negroes in America that the study

  • Behind the Mask
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2021-01-06
    Mark Levinson

    We are in the midst of the first service-sector-led recession in U.S. history, a symptom of both the changing shape of the economy and of the nature of the coronavirus itself. The impact of this downturn has been sharply unequal. Those at the top have mostly recovered, while those at the bottom struggle in depression-like conditions that will only worsen as state and federal aid continues to stall

  • Work in the Time of Coronavirus: Belabored Stories
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2020-01-01
    Sarah Jaffe, Michelle Chen

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, it became clear that for many in business and government, working people are worth only what we can contribute to the accumulation of profits;if we're not productive, we're expendable While many have been forced to stay home and worry about how to pay the bills, others are working longer and harder in newly dangerous conditions Since March, we have been collecting short

  • Kwame Nkrumah and the Quest for Independence
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Adom Getachew

    ABSTRACT:Depending on whether you looked from the North Atlantic or the Black Atlantic, the year 1957 appeared to signal two different political futures. On March 6, Ghana finally secured its independence from Great Britain after a decade-long nationalist struggle. At the independence celebrations, Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of the Covention People's Party and the new prime minister, declared that Ghanaian

  • The Frontier Closes In
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Christine Mathias

    ABSTRACT:About 25 million people visited Chicago in 1893 for the World's Fair. Many of them took in performances staged by Buffalo Bill Cody, a legendary entertainer and army scout. Cody capitalized on a pervasive sense that a long era of territorial conquest and settlement was coming to an end, and he charmed audiences with a tribute to the closing of the frontier. A case of former cavalrymen, cowboys

  • The Postcolonial Case for Rethinking Borders
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    E. Tendayi Achiume

    ABSTRACT:The specter of the "illegal immigrant" looms large today in North American and European political consciousness, serving as a justification for the often violent hardening of borders. While there is much disagreement about what counts as lawful, fair, just, and prudent border governance, there is a far-reaching but rarely remarked upon consensus that these nations ultimately have the right

  • Ursula K. Le Guin's Revolutions
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Sarah Jones

    ABSTRACT:In the second book of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea cycle, the wizard Ged tells the priestess Arha that she has a choice. Stay and serve the nameless grim gods of the tomb, as she has done the last ten years of her life, or walk away from them into the light. Arha knows nothing but the dark, not even her original name. Before a religous order named her Arha, the Eaten One, she was Tenar; she

  • An Interview with Yanis Varoufakis
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Kate Aronoff

    ABSTRACT:The last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for the European left. Riding up front has been Yanis Varoufakis, the charismatic economist and former Greek finance minister who went to war with the troika - the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund- in 2015 as it sought to inflict brutal austerity as a penalty for his country's debts and

  • The Collapse of Secularism in West Bengal
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Alex Traub

    ABSTRACT:When he was a young man, during 1950s and '60s, Krishna Pada Sinha Roy did not wear shoes. It was common where Roy lived, a rural district of the Indian state of West Bengal called Birbhum, to go barefoot. But not for someone like Roy: he came from line of aristocrats who made themselves into bankers, contractors, and politicians.

  • Two Paths for Millennial Politics
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Timothy Shenk

    ABSTRACT:When muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens wanted to catch a glimpse of the future in 1919, he went to Russia. When David Brooks had the same thought eight decades later, he went to Princeton.

  • Can Elephants Be Persons?
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Sarah Kasbeer

    ABSTRACT:If Happy the elephant were allowed to live a natural life in the wild, she would likely spend her days roaming miles of tropical forest and plucking fruit and leaves from trees with the finger-like tip of her trunk. She would have grown up as part of a complex social system, in which elephant calves are doted on by older siblings, cousins, and aunts. By age forty-seven, Happy would likely

  • Power Is Sovereignty, Mr. Bond
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Daniel Immerwahr

    ABSTRACT:"Ah, Mr. Powers," says Dr. Evil, "welcome to my hollowed-out volcano." The setting, an elaborate underground base on a tropical island from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, is instantly recognizable. The deranged supervillain, his island lair, the threat of world domination—it's so familiar you forget how bizarre it is.

  • Modi's Saffron Democracy
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Sanjay Ruparelia

    ABSTRACT:In May 2014, Narendra Modi became India's fourteenth prime minister since independence. Storming to power after a charged electoral campaign, the strongman from Gujarat represented a political earthquake. Under his leadership, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the first party to win a parliamentary majority since 1984, ending a quarter century of national coalition governments

  • Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Colin Kinniburgh

    ABSTRACT:I first passed the protest camp on Christmas Eve, as the sun was setting and most of the country was preparing to sit down for the holiday dinner. So were twenty-odd local gilets jaunes.

  • No Power without Organizing
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Rich Yeselson

    ABSTRACT:Around twenty years ago when I worked in the labor movement, I used to go up to Toronto to help a hotel workers' union fight the boss. During one contract dispute, union members and staffers had an understanding with the cops and management that they could stand in front of a car attempting to enter the property for exactly a minute before letting the vehicle pass.

  • Immigrants Didn't Kill Your Union
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Ruth Milkman

    ABSTRACT:Immigrant organizing stood out as a rare bright spot on the otherwise dismal U.S. labor scene in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. To the surprise of many observers, starting in the late 1980s low-wage foreign-born workers, including the undocumented, eagerly welcomed opportunities to unionize and infused the labor movement with new energy.

  • After Act 10: How Milwaukee Teachers Fought Back
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Eleni Schirmer

    ABSTRACT:In 2011, as the great recession hit public coffers, Wisconsin's republican governor Scott Walker addressed a purported budget crisis by attacking public workers. Walker's signature bill, Act 10, struck down public-sector unions' ability to automatically collect dues and limited bargaining to wages capped at inflation.

  • Beat the Rich
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Michael Kazin

    ABSTRACT:Howard Schultz and Ken griffin have been giving billionaires a bad name. Schultz, who became a celebrity selling overpriced coffees gentrified with Italian labels, quickly morphed into an arrogant fool who thinks his riches some-how qualify him to be president.

  • Airport Workers Strike Back: An Interview with Sara Nelson
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Sarah Jaffe, Sarah Nelson

    ABSTRACT:The 2019 government shutdown, the New York Times declared, made Sara Nelson "America's most powerful flight attendant." Through her bold leadership and willingness to threaten a general strike, Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, became one of the country's most recognizable labor leaders, seemingly overnight.

  • Is Anti-Intellectualism Ever Good for Democracy?
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Adam Waters, E.J. Dionne

    ABSTRACT:Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency and continues to govern as a man who is anti-intellectual, as well as anti-fact and anti-truth. "The experts are terrible," Trump said while discussing foreign policy during the 2016 campaign. "Look at the mess we're in with all these experts that we have." But Trump belongs to a long U.S. tradition of skepticism about the role and motivations of

  • Stop Eco-Apartheid: The Left's Challenge in Bolsonaro's Brazil
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Daniel Aldana Cohen

    ABSTRACT:The horrors threatened by Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, are compounded by the global climate stakes of a potential war on the Amazon. Roberto Schaeffer, a leading energy and environment scholar based in Rio de Janeiro, told me, "It could not be worse. Donald Trump would be a blessing for Brazil right now." Bolsonaro has promised an orgy of destructive new development in the embattled

  • Labour's Missing Brexit Strategy
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    James Stafford

    ABSTRACT:On October 20, 2018, some 700,000 marchers descended on London to demand a "people's vote" on the terms of Britain's impending exit from the European Union. The march was the largest demonstration against a sitting British government since the rallies against the Iraq War in 2003, eclipsing in size (if not fervor) the youth mobilization against David Cameron's government's tripling of university

  • Hate Was Not a Winning Ticket
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Michelle Chen

    ABSTRACT:If Trump's election in 2016 was a victory for the demagoguery of racist nationalism, the midterms marked a quiet but meaningful repudiation of that vision. Looming over the campaign trail was the "migrant caravan," which Trump painted as an invading boogeyman, illustrated with vitriolic caricatures. But Trump's last-minute racist television ad did not seem to have its intended effect. There

  • What Comes After Extractivism?
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Thea Riofrancos

    ABSTRACT:On December 14, 2016, leftist President Rafael Correa declared a state of emergency in the province of Morona Santiago in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, deploying hundreds of troops and national police. This marked the culmination of years of clashes at the site of an open-pit copper mine in the area of San Carlos, which indigenous Shuar activists had occupied in protest against the expansion

  • The Philanthropy Con
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Vanessa Williamson

    ABSTRACT:Last September Jeff Bezos announced that he would devote a small portion of his vastly undertaxed wealth—$2 billion of a fortune well over $100 billion—to start schools where "the child will be the customer." One could hardly ask for a more illustrative example of how elite philanthropy undermines public institutions, provides cover for extractive capitalism, and enshrines a neoliberal vision

  • The New Psychoanalysis
    Dissent (IF 0.5) Pub Date : 2019-01-01
    Stephen Seligman

    ABSTRACT:Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud's gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically. Psychiatrists don't study it, and the only attention it gets in universities is from a handful of literature professors. Health insurers prefer the quick fix of psychoactive drugs, although they help less than their popularizers would lead

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