What is a Dissenter
Or Dissident?

Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines DISSENT as to withhold assent or to differ in opinion. I define it a little more broadly as to withhold consent or to refuse to conform to an established tradition or law.

A dissenter is one who dissents. To be dissident (adjective) is "to sit apart, to disagree." Civil disobedience is a subcategory of dissent...

In simple terms, a dissenter is one who reveals facts which others want concealed and possibly also campaigns to change the situation which was facilitated by the concealment of facts.


Alinsky said, "Those who want [social] change must be against sacred cows and not only innately irreverent but outwardly, purposefully irreverent in their actions. They must be iconoclastic bulldozers willing to be regarded as profane spoilers of the sacred myths" (Commonwealth, 60).

Read through the excerpts from Harry Boyte's book, Commonwealth: A Return to Citizen Politics.


Relevant Web Sites:

Australian Journal of Academic Dissent
The Cultural Dissident
Liberty for the People Page --many definitions and articles

Links to Dissenters:

Abraham Flexner, Medical Education
Allen Ginsburg, Dead Poet
Allen Ginsburg, The Pervert's Poet --an alternate view of him
Allen Ginsburg --United Press article
Anarchist Images
Chicano Anarchists
Chronicles of Dissent, by Chomsky
Duong Thu Huong - She Dares To Live Free, Readers Digest article
Duong Thu Huong:Party is not the nation
Duong Thu Huong, Novel Without a Name
Duong Thu Huong, book review of her Paradise of the Blind
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Rebel Girl
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn references
Emiliano Zapata
Emma Goldman
Emma Goldman
Gandhi TODAY
Helen Keller
Helen Keller Archival Collection
Helen Keller Quotes
Helen Keller, the Life of
Henry David Thoreau, The Life of
Henry David Thoreau, A Guide to Resources
Jack Kerouac: Keeping the Flame Alive, a memoir
JEANNETTE RANKIN --so interesting I made a separate page on her
John Brown and the Valley of the Shadow --has articles, pictures, and eyewitness accounts
John Brown Historical Association
John Brown's Fort, Images of, at Harper's Ferry
John Brown's Raid, Causes of the Civil War
Mahatma Gandhi, A Brief History of Mohandas K. Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi, the Voice of
Mahatma Gandhi, Quotes
Mahatma Gandhi Album
Mahatma Gandhi Homepage
Maverick, Maury - Gobbledygook
Mohandas Gandhi, an Idealist
Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky sites on the Web
Prominent Anarchists and Left-Libertarians
Randolph Bourne --life and essays by him
Randolph Bourne Quotations
Randolph Bourne, by Ben Reiner
Saul Alinsky--excerpts from Reveille for Radicals
Saul Alinsky--The Alinsky Touch
Timothy Leary Interview
Vaclav Havel, Living in Truth
Vaclav Havel, Newsmaker
Voltairine DeCleyre --full text of her most important work
Voltairine DeCleyre, by S.E. Parker
Voltairine de Cleyre-Anarchist without Adjectives
Will Rogers Homepage --he used humor to debunk
William Godwin
William Godwin Philosophy
William Godwin, Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (full text)
Woody Guthrie Songs, Sound Clips
Woody Guthrie, a great site
Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs --best summary of his contribution
Woody Guthrie on the Internet --large collection of links