This book, first published in 1979, is a representative sample of some of the best articles that have appeared in DISSENT, the American democratic socialist quarterly. They provide a two-sided view of political and social action with the democratic society of the USA.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Visions of the Future 1. What Socialists Would Do in America – If They Could Michael Harrington 2. Three Economic Models: Capitalism, the Welfare State and Socialism Henry M. Pachter 3. Roots of the Socialist Dilemma Robert L. Heilbroner 4. Socialism and Liberalism: Articles of Conciliation? Irving Howe Part 2. America in Turmoil 5. The Devolution of Democracy Paul Goodman 6. ‘Middle-Class’ Workers and the New Politics Brendan Sexton 7. Women – Terms of Liberation Alice S. Rossi 8. The Agonies of Black Militancy Jervis Anderson 9. The Counterculture: Tranquilizer or Revolutionary Ideology? Jesse Pitts 10. Death Warrant for the Cities? David M. Muchnick 11. On ‘the Culture of Shiftlessness’ Chandler Davidson 12. Ghosts of Vietnam Theodore Draper 13. The Commune as Perverse Utopia Rose L. Coser and Lewis Coser Part 3. Ideas on Politics and Culture 14. Marxism: Criticism and/or Action Harold Rosenberg 15. The Idea of ‘Community’: a Critique Dennis H. Wrong 16. Pure Tolerance David Spitz 17. Requiem for Utopia Erazim V. Kohak 18. In Defence of Equality Michael Walzer 19. Twilight of Revolution Octavio Paz 20. Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago: Part II Roy Medvedev 21. ‘All That is Solid Melts into Air’ Marshall Berman Part 4. Short Subjects 22. Prosperity – And Then What? Ignazio Silone 23. Blood Orange, or Violence in the Movies David Bromwich 24. The Russian Revolution Revisited Stanley Plastrik 25. Dreams and Nightmares Joseph Clark 26. Metaphors of Life and Death Murray Hausknecht