The Nation

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Founded in 1865, The Nation is America's oldest weekly magazine, the flagship of the Left, and now the country's most widely read journal of opinion. Published to inform the national debate on critical issues of the day, The Nation seeks to enlighten and empower a community of concerned citizens and influential readers.

The Nation has long served as an early-warning system, exposing prejudice, discrimination, and abuse of power through investigative reporting, analysis, commentary, and cultural reviews. Proudly independent of political parties and corporate interests, The Nation exposes, in print and online, issues often ignored by the mainstream media.

Championing civil liberties, human rights, economic justice, and peace, The Nation challenges the status quo, encourages dissent, and presents ideas from a variety of voices, always seeking a more tolerant and just future.

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  • the real nation
    This publication owes nothing to no one. It tackles complex subjects with the assumption that the reader is intelligent enough to follow the text. It is such a joy to read thoughtful indepth articles about the big story--and all the little stories underneath. I read The Nation when I was young and I am still reading it in my middle age. What a pleasure to hear news without catch phrase or the latest missused hyperpole. I donate to this publication and I would think that anyone who discovers it ( or re-discovers it) would do the same. I am so pleased to be part of The Nation's continuing quest to enlighten and challenge....more info
  • An Insightful, Well-Researched Journal of America and the World Today
    While many mainstream publications have been shying away from calling members of the current American government into account for their transgressions - from bribery and theft to misinformation and cover-ups of sexual escapades - "The Nation" has done its job and reported the facts. For its trouble, many of those who lean the same way as the current administration lambast the magazine as "too liberal" and "naively progressive."

    So let's put it this way: If you value truth over lies and think the rights of "the little guy" are just as important as the rights of fat cats, you will like "The Nation." But be warned -- "The Nation" is rife with page after thorough page of intense reporters' writings, and even some clever poetry, but only rarely has pictures. Which may be the real reason why right wingers don't like it....more info
    I have been a The Nation reader for at least thirty years, borrowing my father's issue from before the dark days of Reagan/Bush the First, and grateful for this brave little light shining in the darkness of debt and of war ever since, a light which shines forth in the darkness, which the darkness cannot comprehend.

    But, well, what immediately always fascinated me was the impossible Crossword on the final page. Frank Lewis may not be as relentless now as he once was, when I would consider it a victory to solve even a few lines before waiting eagerly for the following week's issue to find the solutions, which were always brilliant and often very funny. The Frank Lewis Crosswords from the eighties are probably the finest ever written, involving every kind of word game in the book just to do a crossword, and all beautifully symmetrical. See his great Cryptic Crosswords from The Nation; even a used copy would not be completed!

    Yet I have not come to praise the final page, but all of the content.

    I remember when Christopher Hitchens had brilliances to say about our country's various crims against humanity under the dark regime of Reagan/Bush, before Hitch burned out and went over to the dark side himself. I have always had the greatest respect and appreciation for the courageous and astute Mr. Cockburn, and rejoiced to meet him in Managua in the late eighties, he who wrote Corruptions of Empire: Life Studies and the Reagan Era (Haymarket Series), and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and a number of other essential essays available very favorably here upon this amazon.

    And I remember when Calvin Trillins had the best page of all, dry New York wit, wonderful, this novelist of the brilliant Tepper Isn't Going Out: A Novel, the food writer who properly adores New Mexican pozole, presently relegated to a few lines of hilarious, dry verse whose title often exceeds the verse by several lines, and whose verse may well be read in Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme. Please do a search upon the amazon with the one parameter trillin and you will find the best writing being written in this past quarter century, including, dare I say, the culinary treat called The Tummy Trilogy American Fried, Alice let's eat and Third helpings.

    And still the Nation goes on, telling us what we really need to know, brilliantly. Get the Nation, and know our history in the making.

    Be alone no longer; read The Nation. Oh, and of course also the Catholic Worker, delivered to your door!...more info
    The Nation is a great publication that has featured the works of scholarly writers such as Eric Alterman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky and Norman Mailer. Though the issues addressed and the opinions expressed are often labeled as leftist, this magazine nonetheless contains some very thought-provoking nuances and propositions for a better America that sound intelligent.

    Though many are outraged about some of the stances that the editors and contributors of The Nation have taken, their retorts often fall short of being strong, tangible, clearly expressed responses. From what I see and hear, too many discussions from them center around using diatribes and trying with no success to portray or effectively deconstruct the perceived merits and flaws of this work or the like.

    It was from reading nonfiction books by Ayn Rand that I was perpetually presented the term straw man, an argument approach that was, according to Rand, used by those of altruistic and socialistic agendas that stripped mankind of its individual freedoms. With The Nation, there are bits and pieces of anecdotal evidence that might oppose any laissez-faire capitalistic themes championed by Rand, but I cannot say that they are mere straw man commentaries.

    I concur that the magazine might be somewhat slanted, as are all other publications. But global and domestic complexities, I believe, are abounding at a rate that not even the most sophisticated philosophies or ideologies from years past can focus upon in adequate context. To me, The Nation is one of those rare, bold sources that unequivocally acknowledge this disturbance.

    Among the recurring themes in this publication is that in this twenty-first century, despite the technological advances that have come to fruition, our nation and world are as divided as ever and that economic globalization seems to have married or melded the worst elements of opposing political platforms. To many contributors, it was decades ago that very few envisioned that the powerful from the freest of societies would be expanding their businesses and increasing their wealth by overtly banking upon productivity levels from geographical areas where human rights are minimized or obliterated.

    In The Nation, very interesting columns and analyses are provided regarding the living conditions that working class Americans are either embracing or enduring. Suggestions are intermittently proposed regarding higher pay, better health care, and improved living standards through government reforms, often where the efforts from hard-working individuals and the private sector fall short.

    As a reader, I do not necessarily agree with the views espoused, and the level to which I do so is not what I find to be the value of The Nation. What is priceless about this publication is that regardless of what school you are from or what think tank you highly esteem, it will either perpetually reinforce your cherished ideals or will make you use introspection, perhaps re-examine what you thought were sound resolutions for a progressive society.
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  • Accurate Reflection of the Leftist Grassroots
    The Nation has become a pretty accurate reflection of the U.S. mainstream leftist grassroots. Like any ideological magazine, it appears delusional, but this tendency has been lessened in part because the Left is so pathetically powerless. The writing and editing are usually pretty good and they do take a legitimately global perspective of the world. It may not be as intellectual as some would prefer, however, in the Left there is an almost unlimited supply of theoretical journals and publications, so this is not particularly problematic.

    Unfortunately, the Nation does seem too reactive much of the time and seems to be missing out on some of the positive trends of the out-of-the-mainstream left, especially among younger leftists and those of a libertarian/anarchist tendency.

    Overall though, the Nation is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in getting an understanding of the views of your "average" outside of the Beltway leftist....more info
  • Great Quality Journalism But Offensively Hyper-Liberal
    I couldn't agree with Mr. Freedman's review more. I just recently let my subscription to The Nation lapse after the magazine's calls for Amnesty and a path to citizenship for millions of lawbreakers from South of the Border and elsewhere became nauseating to the point of obnoxiousness. Just as Mr. Freedman said, the magazine is so far to the lunatic-fringe-left, that its more important articles regarding Corporate Fascism and Republican corruption get lost. Additionally, they aren't honest and transparent about the sad fact that the Democrats too have been bribed and lobbied to the point of a total disconnect with the American public and have become tools of Corporate Fascism just like their Republican counterparts. Where is the Nation's (i.e. Democratic) sustained outrage at the fact that we are forced to "vote" on corrupt Diebold machines controlled and programmed by fanatical Republican ideologues, for instance? The recent overwhelming Democratic vote to confirm Hayden as CIA director after he has showed utter contempt and disregard for a dusty old document once vitally important to all Americans called "The United States Constitution" has caused me to re-register to vote as an Independent recently after being a life-long Democrat. In this spirit I'd like some objectively-generated journalism, not tendentious party-line droning. Is there any such publication still out there?...more info
  • great magazine
    I read the Nation for its poetry, Katha Pollitt and takes on the news. It's a left wing magazine. I don't understand the people who criticize it for being liberal and expect "objectivity". Humans have opinions and viewpoints. Even Time magazine and the National Review have viewpoints. ...more info


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