WHAT MAKES A DISSIDENT ORGANIZATION?
Would it be directed by the nation's elite?
Would it be staffed by those who carry the most approved, conformist credentials available?
Would it assiduously associate itself with the nation's financial and social elite, and tie itself to gigantic conglomerates whose sole reason-for-being is not art, but money?
Would it distribute its largesse to the most NON-dissenting, NON-threatening writers it can find?
PEN American Center doesn't answer these questions because it CAN'T answer these questions.