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Military Dissent Is Not An Oxymoron

William J. Astore | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

Having spent trillions of dollars on war with such sorry results, it's a wonder that key figures in the U.S. military or officials in any other part of America's colossal national security state and the military-industrial complex haven't spoken out forcefully and critically.

Honoring Constructive Dissent: The William R. Rivkin Award

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

The great American journalist and diplomat Edward R. Murrow once observed: "When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."...

The Value, Courage, and Freedom of Pluralism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Timothy Garton Ash recently reflected on Isaiah Berlin and his commitment to value pluralism in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an articled title...

A Revolution With Promises to Keep

Barbara E. Joe | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Barbara E. Joe

Back in June 2015, at a book talk at a New York City public library, an audience member had asked me about Sirley Avila, the first time I'd ever heard her name. She had been attacked on May 24. I'd tried to find out more, but reliable information from Cuba is not easy to obtain. Now, less than one year later, here she was, sitting with me.

Why I'll Vote for Bernie in New York This Week and for Hillary in November

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Voting for Sanders now is the only way to make sure that Clinton and other establishment Democrats know what they're talking about.

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
John Feffer

The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face is ju...

Democracy, Diversity, Dissent and Human Rights Necessitate Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...

Outrage Culture Kills Important Conversation

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.

How to Think About Modi's Visit to Silicon Valley

Priya Satia | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

The Indian community of Silicon Valley is preparing to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with open arms next week, in a route stop that has outshined the PM's ultimate U.S. destination -- his meeting with President Obama.

Punched Bloody by a Hand We Think Is Invisible, We See Only Trump and Fox. But There's Worse

Jim Sleeper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

While apocalyptic religious and racist ranting can provoke emotionally disturbed people, so can journalism and entertainment that massage hatreds too diffuse to be called racist, religious or ideological.

Ryan Grim

Antonin Scalia Dissent In Marriage Equality Case Is Even More Unhinged Than You'd Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Antonin Scalia has really had it. Scalia's dissent in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which officially made marriage equal...

A Test for Cool (and Nice) Japan: Press Relations

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.04.2016 | World
Nancy Snow

To improve Japan's global reputation, the government of Japan must loosen its hold on the free press. Undue pressure on a press, whose duty is to report facts on the ground, creates more critics than defenders of Japan.

Helping Kids to Become Reflective Rebels

Alfie Kohn | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Compliance remains the central goal of most classroom management programs, character education initiatives and parenting resources. Sure, we stress the virtues of independent thinking and assertiveness, but mostly in the context of getting kids to resist peer pressure

Review: American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.20.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

If you can't do away with the spoils system, the only alternative left is to better prepare the political appointees. Making Dennis Jett's American Ambassadors required reading for every person up for consideration would be a hell of a start.

Howe About That?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Irving Howe co-founded Dissent in 1954 with sociologist Lewis Coser and edited it until his death in 1993. ("When intellectuals can do nothing else, they start a magazine," Howe quipped in the first issue). The magazine, which has always identified itself with democratic socialism and independent radicalism, began and remains a forum for tough-minded political analysis and debate.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

When Gaza Is Burning, We Must Break the Silence

Atalia Omer | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Atalia Omer

In times of war, it is critical to challenge the logic of those who paint the violence as "inevitable," and also to treat as newsworthy those citizens who actively challenge the conventional narrative from within Israel.

Google Critic Killed in "Ironic" Car Accident: Struck by Google Street View Vehicle

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 07.20.2014 | Comedy
Dr. Robert Epstein

Prominent research psychologist and author Dr. Robert Epstein, age 60, was killed yesterday afternoon by a Google Street View vehicle while crossing Front Street in San Diego, where he has long resided.

Honoring Commencement Dissent

Craig Borowiak | Posted 07.19.2014 | College
Craig Borowiak

Students have routinely been cast as spoiled and narrow-minded, their protests construed as signs of a newly ascendant liberal intolerance. Most disconcerting, student dissent and resistance have been wrongly equated with bigotry and censorship. This latter equation warrants extra scrutiny.

Intimate Politics: The Personal and Political Revisited (An Interview With Harvard's Tim McCarthy)

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

You're a student of history, and you're more familiar than most with a lot of the threads running through American history. When you look at the contemporary political scene, do you see those threads playing out in a relatively predictable way?

This Year Let's Give Thanks for On-Campus Dissent

Julianna Forlano | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Julianna Forlano

How many of our personal rights and freedoms have their roots in campus protest? How many of our children's will be? If the City University of New York (CUNY) has its way, we may never find out.

Maintaining a Moral Politics

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

In the early days of the changes in 1989, a new kind of politics emerged within the opposition movements poised to enter parliaments and governments. Many dissidents had a deep distrust of political parties and of political compromise.

The Fractionalization of the Republican Party

Marco Cáceres | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

The Republican Party is fractionalizing before our eyes. Conservative Republicans, led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, are calling moderate conservatives not true Republicans, or "RINO's" (Republicans In Name Only).

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Breaking Ranks: the History of the NLG Military Law Task Force

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

The shift in regulations means that GIs planning protests can be hit with bad performance evaluations and in some cases even discharged. These soldiers can also receive "counseling statements," essentially bad marks in their record, for engaging in dissent.