March 24 marks the centenary of the birth of Dwight Macdonald. From 1940 to 1975, Macdonald was one of America’s best-known literary and cultural critics. He first came to prominence in the late 1920s and early ’30s as a staff writer for Fortune. But his politics turned toward Trotskyism in 1936 (he considered Trotsky the preeminent modern example of an intellectual in politics and remained a Trotskyist until 1943). In May 1937, after...
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