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Nonfiction. "Macdonald has turned his back on every kind of doctrine that implicitly would treat man as an object, even from a benevolent point of view. What he is concerned with is to create a humanism that can hold its own in the face of enormous bureaucracies and the atom bomb. In so doing he has had to renounce many things which he had heretofore energetically champion ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Autonomedia (first published 1953)
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In this work, moral questions seem as bewildering and fascinating as I have always felt them to be.

Since I first read it, I have become fascinated by the life and times of Dwight Macdonald, critic, essayist, and radical. This piece was published in Macdonald's magazine Politics in two separate issues in 1946, a moment of American history bearing only a slight resemblance to our own. Yet, the superficial "datedness" of his concerns, revolving around Marxism, Nazism, and Stalinism, on closer exami
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