From Imagination to Power

From Imagination to Power Movements need ideas. Editor’s Page Editor Michael Kazin Editors Emeriti We know what we don’t like about capitalism, Mitchell Cohen • Irving Howe Michael Kazin (1920-1993) • Michael Walzer about sexism and racism, war and climate change. Book Review Editors “L’imagination au pouvoir!” demanded the posters plas- Mark Levinson • t imothy Shenk But we need a clear vision of the future we want— tered on Paris walls fifty years ago this spring. It was indeed Senior Editors a glorious time to be on the democratic left. In over a and a determined approach to challenge the ruling Kaavya Asoka • Colin dozen countries, young people took to the streets to pro- Kinniburgh • Natasha Lewis right. test an immoral war in Indochina and unjust policies at Editors at Large home. Czechs began to create a humane form of socialism. t im Barker • Sarah Leonard Women revived a feminist movement, while saving the envi- David Marcus • Madeleine In other words, it is in moments like these that Schwartz • Nick Serpe ronment was starting to become a mass cause. One could imagine these alloys of rebellion fusing into a movement we need Dissent’s spirit of radical, non-dogmatic Circulation Manager strong enough to batter the old order and build a new one. Alex Lubben thought. But those in power were quite capable of imagining Art Direction how to keep it. And, for the most part, they succeeded. r umors t he 1968 festival of the oppressed gave way to a hang- Cover Illustration over of disappointment and frustration that is with us Josh MacPhee still. Dreams of revolution gave way to defensive struggles Intern against right-wing forces that skillfully stoked popular David Kanj resentments. t he left won some cultural battles, particu- larly on the terrain of gender and sexuality. But the war in Editorial Board Atossa Araxia Abrahamian the trenches continues, and t rump’s presidency makes it Joanne Barkan • Paul Berman more difficult, and more urgent, than ever. Sheri Berman • David Bromwich During the bygone heyday of big dreams, r udi Luther P. Carpenter • Leo Casey Mark Engler • Cynthia Fuchs Epstein Dutschke, the charismatic g erman activist, cautioned his g ary g erstle • t odd g itlin fellow leftists not to expect rapid change. We must, he Sarah Jaffe • Patrick Iber William Kornblum • Susie Linfield said, embark on “a long march through the institutions.” Kate Losse • Kevin Mattson Protests alone would not convince fellow citizens that a Deborah Meier • Harold Meyerson different world was either possible or desirable. You had Nicolaus Mills • Jo-Ann Mort Julia Ott • Maxine Phillips to win their trust by working with them, every day in every Jedediah Purdy • r uth r osen place where power resides. James B. r ule • Arlene Skolnick Feminist and Lg Bt Q organizers put that wisdom into Jim Sleeper • Ann Snitow Christine Stansell • Jeffrey practice. t hey made the moral case for total equality We’re already reaching more readers than ever. But Wasserstrom • Sean Wilentz between the genders on the job, in academia, the media, to sustain the magazine as an uncompromising Contributing Editors the courts, the major parties, Congress, and around the Bernard Avishai • David Bensman world. t he melding of a stirring vision with a shrewd dissident voice, we need your support. Michelle Chen • Marcia Chatelain strategy yielded such results as laws against sexual Jean L. Cohen • t ressie McMillan Cottom • Jeff Faux • Agnès Heller harassment and for marriage equality that were inconceiv- Jeffrey C. Isaac • Martin Kilson able in 1968. And they never stopped marching. Mike Konczal • Jeremy Larner It’s an achievement leftists today should emulate. t o Laura Marsh • Brian Morton Become a Solidarity Subscriber today. g eorge Packer • Martin Peretz topple a narcissistic, racist president and his deeply reac- Anson r abinbach • Alan r yan tionary party requires a readiness to mount campaigns r ebecca t uhus-Dubrow Cornel West • Dennis Wrong that will not just refute their brutal lies but that can throw For $10 per month, you’ll receive your usual r ichard Yeselson them out of office. In workplaces, schools, and neighbor- subscription (four issues per year and access to our hoods, there are grievances to understand and resolve. Publisher t he Foundation for the Study Leftists need to explain clearly the kind of society they full archives), plus a digital gift subscription to give of Independent Social Ideas in want to build, and figure out how to knit together a coali- cooperation with the University of tion from the disparate fragments of discontent all around Pennsylvania Press to a friend and invitations to special events. them. Pragmatic thinking and strategic action are not in Typefaces conflict with the radical spirit of 1968; they are the only Neutral (Atelier Carvalho Bernau) Kozmos (David r udnick) way to fulfill it. Now imagine that. dissentmagazine.org/solidarity-sub D IS SEN t S P r IN g 20 18 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dissent University of Pennsylvania Press

From Imagination to Power

Dissent, Volume 65 (2) – May 1, 2018

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Movements need ideas. Editor’s Page Editor Michael Kazin Editors Emeriti We know what we don’t like about capitalism, Mitchell Cohen • Irving Howe Michael Kazin (1920-1993) • Michael Walzer about sexism and racism, war and climate change. Book Review Editors “L’imagination au pouvoir!” demanded the posters plas- Mark Levinson • t imothy Shenk But we need a clear vision of the future we want— tered on Paris walls fifty years ago this spring. It was indeed Senior Editors a glorious time to be on the democratic left. In over a and a determined approach to challenge the ruling Kaavya Asoka • Colin dozen countries, young people took to the streets to pro- Kinniburgh • Natasha Lewis right. test an immoral war in Indochina and unjust policies at Editors at Large home. Czechs began to create a humane form of socialism. t im Barker • Sarah Leonard Women revived a feminist movement, while saving the envi- David Marcus • Madeleine In other words, it is in moments like these that Schwartz • Nick Serpe ronment was starting to become a mass cause. One could imagine these alloys of rebellion fusing into a movement we need Dissent’s spirit of radical, non-dogmatic Circulation Manager strong enough to batter the old order and build a new one. Alex Lubben thought. But those in power were quite capable of imagining Art Direction how to keep it. And, for the most part, they succeeded. r umors t he 1968 festival of the oppressed gave way to a hang- Cover Illustration over of disappointment and frustration that is with us Josh MacPhee still. Dreams of revolution gave way to defensive struggles Intern against right-wing forces that skillfully stoked popular David Kanj resentments. t he left won some cultural battles, particu- larly on the terrain of gender and sexuality. But the war in Editorial Board Atossa Araxia Abrahamian the trenches continues, and t rump’s presidency makes it Joanne Barkan • Paul Berman more difficult, and more urgent, than ever. Sheri Berman • David Bromwich During the bygone heyday of big dreams, r udi Luther P. Carpenter • Leo Casey Mark Engler • Cynthia Fuchs Epstein Dutschke, the charismatic g erman activist, cautioned his g ary g erstle • t odd g itlin fellow leftists not to expect rapid change. We must, he Sarah Jaffe • Patrick Iber William Kornblum • Susie Linfield said, embark on “a long march through the institutions.” Kate Losse • Kevin Mattson Protests alone would not convince fellow citizens that a Deborah Meier • Harold Meyerson different world was either possible or desirable. You had Nicolaus Mills • Jo-Ann Mort Julia Ott • Maxine Phillips to win their trust by working with them, every day in every Jedediah Purdy • r uth r osen place where power resides. James B. r ule • Arlene Skolnick Feminist and Lg Bt Q organizers put that wisdom into Jim Sleeper • Ann Snitow Christine Stansell • Jeffrey practice. t hey made the moral case for total equality We’re already reaching more readers than ever. But Wasserstrom • Sean Wilentz between the genders on the job, in academia, the media, to sustain the magazine as an uncompromising Contributing Editors the courts, the major parties, Congress, and around the Bernard Avishai • David Bensman world. t he melding of a stirring vision with a shrewd dissident voice, we need your support. Michelle Chen • Marcia Chatelain strategy yielded such results as laws against sexual Jean L. Cohen • t ressie McMillan Cottom • Jeff Faux • Agnès Heller harassment and for marriage equality that were inconceiv- Jeffrey C. Isaac • Martin Kilson able in 1968. And they never stopped marching. Mike Konczal • Jeremy Larner It’s an achievement leftists today should emulate. t o Laura Marsh • Brian Morton Become a Solidarity Subscriber today. g eorge Packer • Martin Peretz topple a narcissistic, racist president and his deeply reac- Anson r abinbach • Alan r yan tionary party requires a readiness to mount campaigns r ebecca t uhus-Dubrow Cornel West • Dennis Wrong that will not just refute their brutal lies but that can throw For $10 per month, you’ll receive your usual r ichard Yeselson them out of office. In workplaces, schools, and neighbor- subscription (four issues per year and access to our hoods, there are grievances to understand and resolve. Publisher t he Foundation for the Study Leftists need to explain clearly the kind of society they full archives), plus a digital gift subscription to give of Independent Social Ideas in want to build, and figure out how to knit together a coali- cooperation with the University of tion from the disparate fragments of discontent all around Pennsylvania Press to a friend and invitations to special events. them. Pragmatic thinking and strategic action are not in Typefaces conflict with the radical spirit of 1968; they are the only Neutral (Atelier Carvalho Bernau) Kozmos (David r udnick) way to fulfill it. Now imagine that. dissentmagazine.org/solidarity-sub D IS SEN t S P r IN g 20 18

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