Dissent


Dissent
This article is about a philosophy of non-agreement. For other meanings see Dissent (disambiguation).
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Dissent is a sentiment or philosophy of non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea (e.g. a government's policies) or an entity (e.g. an individual or political party which supports such policies). The term's antonyms include agreement, consensus (when all or nearly all parties agree on something) and consent (when one party agrees to a proposition made by another).

In some political systems, dissent may be formally expressed by way of opposition politics, while politically repressive regimes may prohibit any form of dissent, leading to suppression of dissent and the encouragement of social or political activism.[citation needed] Individuals who do not conform or support the policies of certain states have been described as "dissidents." Several thinkers have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent.[1][2]

In a well-known letter to Arnold Ruge, Karl Marx wrote: "if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be."[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bailey, Gordon Ideology: Structuring Identities in Contemporary Life, p. 124
  2. ^ Kozol, J. (1981) Foreword. In Mackie, R. (Ed.), Literacy and revolution: The pedagogy of Paulo Freire. p. XV
  3. ^ Marx to Ruge. Kreuznach, September 1843. Letter from the Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher. (Marxists.org) as cited in Wilhelm Reich (1936) prefaction to Die Sexualität im Kulturkampf

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  • dissent — dis·sent 1 /di sent/ vi 1: to withhold assent or approval unfair squeezeout transactions the kind to which public shareholders seem most likely to dissent R. C. Clark see also appraisal ◇ A shareholder who dissents from a proposed transaction may …   Law dictionary

  • Dissent — Dis*sent , n. 1. The act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement. [1913 Webster] The dissent of no small number [of peers] is frequently recorded. Hallam. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dissent — est une revue intellectuelle trimestrielle américaine, centrée sur la politique et la culture, publiée à New York, dirigée par Michael Walzer et Mitchell Cohen. Elle fut créée dans les années 1950 par Irving Howe, Lewis Coser, Henry Pachter et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Dissent — Dis*sent , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dissented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dissenting}.] [L. dissentire, dissentum; dis + sentire to feel, think. See {Sense}.] 1. To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; followed by from. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dissent — (v.) early 15c., from L. dissentire differ in sentiments, disagree, be at odds, contradict, quarrel, from dis differently (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + sentire to feel, think (see SENSE (Cf. sense)). Related: Dissented; dissenting. The noun is 1580s,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dissent — [n] disagreement, disapproval bone*, bone of contention*, bone to pick*, clinker*, conflict, contention, denial, difference, disaccord, discord, dissension, dissidence, disunity, far cry*, flak*, hassle, heresy, heterodoxy, misbelief,… …   New thesaurus

  • dissent — vb *differ, vary, disagree Analogous words: *object, protest: *demur, balk, boggle, shy, stickle Antonyms: concur: assent: consent Contrasted words: acquiesce, sub scribe, agree, accede (see ASSENT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dissent — ► VERB 1) express disagreement with a prevailing or official view. 2) disagree with the doctrine of an established or orthodox Church. ► NOUN ▪ the holding or expression of a dissenting view. ORIGIN Latin dissentire differ in sentiment …   English terms dictionary

  • dissent — [di sent′] vi. [ME dissenten < L dissentire < dis , apart + sentire, to feel, think: see SEND1] 1. to differ in belief or opinion; disagree: often with from 2. to reject the doctrines and forms of an established church n. the act of… …   English World dictionary

  • dissent — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ serious, strong, vigorous (esp. AmE) ▪ The war provoked strong dissent. ▪ growing ▪ internal ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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