The idea of socialism is fading out of the American consciousness. I do not mean to imply that it ever was one of the brightest lights in our political thinking, but right now it is getting very dim indeed. In a recent review of a collection of essays from Dissent, a socialist journal, Dwight Macdonald has some interesting things to say on the subject. He notes the mechanical quality of mind, the lack of individual accent in the prose of some contributors.
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