The “Make Me Do It” Myth

Politicians fear the disruptive power of a mobilized base, even when it helps them succeed. Dissent MagazineDissent Magazine  More...

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By admin On Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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Future Monetary Theory

MMT’s account of the origin of money is a useful corrective to the stories told by orthodox economists. But a deeper history of the social construction of money opens up more radical possibilities for rethinking More...

By admin On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
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Family Ties

We’re still living with the punitive politics of family values. A broader, universal vision can break its vise grip. Dissent MagazineDissent Magazine  More...

By admin On Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Know Your Enemy: How to Survive a Pandemic, with Peter Staley

Veteran HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley discusses the AIDS crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the role of his friend Dr. Anthony Fauci in both. Dissent MagazineDissent Magazine  More...

By admin On Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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What Leaves Out

Isabel Wilkerson’s account of racial oppression elides crucial differences between social inequality in South Asia and the United States—differences with real implications for emancipatory political projects. Dissent More...

By admin On Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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Belabored: What’s Joe Biden’s Agenda for Labor?

Celine McNicholas of the Economic Policy Institute digs into the PRO Act and other labor policies currently on the table. Dissent MagazineDissent Magazine  More...

By admin On Friday, February 19th, 2021
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California Has Lessons for Liberals

California’s progressive image can be misleading. But it’s also home to activists fighting to change the state for the better. Dissent MagazineDissent Magazine  More...

By admin On Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
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Backlash Forever

It’s time to abandon the assumption that workers have a “natural” home on the center-left. But we should also reject the idea that social conservatism always lies latent within working-class culture, ready More...

By admin On Friday, February 12th, 2021
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The Education Fix

The idea that more degrees, credentials, and skills will raise the bottom of the economic floor has become an article of national faith. But educational systems can just as easily reproduce inequality as mitigate More...

By admin On Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
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Shinzō Abe and the Future of Japanese Democracy

Under Abe, the Liberal Democratic Party waged a right-wing culture war and changed the terms of Japanese politics. The opposition will need to learn from his success to coalesce around a popular alternative. Dissent More...