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The Nation is a weekly left-liberal periodical devoted to politics and culture. Founded on July 6, 1865 as a classical liberal publication, it is the oldest weekly in the United States. It is published by the Nation Company, L.P. at 33 Irving Place, New York City. The Nation has bureaus in Budapest, London, and Southern Africa and departments covering Architecture, Art, Corporations, Defense, Environment, Films, Legal Affairs, Music, Peace and Disarmament, Poetry, and the United Nations. The circulation of The Nation is rising and was last placed at 184,296 (2004), surpassing the neoliberal The New Republic, the neoconservative The Weekly Standard, and the conservative National Review (circulation 155,584). The Nation magazine has lost money in all but three or four years of operation and is sustained by a group of over 25,000 donors called the Nation Associates who donate funds to the periodical above and beyond their annual subscription fees. The Nation magazine logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The Nation magazine logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... American liberalism (also called modern liberalism) is a political current that claims descent from classical liberalism in terms of devotion to individual liberty, but rejects the laissez faire economics of classical liberalism in favor of institutions that promote social and economic equity. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Politics Look up Politics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Progressivism Progressive Logic Political corruption Political economy Political movement... The word culture, from the Latin colere, with its root meaning to cultivate, generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Liberalism is a political current embracing several historical and present-day ideologies that claim defense of individual liberty as the purpose of government. ... The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... Nickname: Pearl or Queen of the Danube Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: www. ... 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The publisher and editor of The Nation is Katrina vanden Heuvel. Former editors include Victor Navasky, Carey McWilliams, and Freda Kirchwey. Notable contributors to The Nation have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Gore Vidal, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Nader, James Baldwin, I.F. Stone, and French intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre. Katrina vanden Heuvel (born 1960) is the editor and, as of November 7th, 2005, publisher of the left-leaning magazine The Nation, known for its liberal political leanings regarding both foreign and domestic matters. ... Victor Navasky (born July 5, 1932, New York) was editor of The Nation 1978-95, and its publisher and editorial director since January 1995. ... Carey McWilliams (1905–1980) was a journalist, editor and lawyer. ... Albert Einstein photographed by Oren J. Turner in 1947. ... Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Gore Vidal, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1948 Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, known better simply as Gore Vidal, (born October 3, 1925) is a well-known American writer of novels, plays and essays, and a public figure for over fifty years. ... Hunter S. Thompson (Photo by Allen G. Arpadi) Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. ... Ralph Nader Ralph Nader (born February 27, 1934) is an American activist lawyer who opposes the power of large corporations and has worked for decades on environmental, consumer rights, and pro-democracy issues. ... James Baldwin can refer to different people: James Baldwin: a writer (1924-1987) James Baldwin: a baseball player James T. Baldwin: an industrial designer, author, educator (1934- ) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Isador Feinstein Stone (better known as I.F. Stone) (December 24, 1907 – July 17, 1989) was an iconoclastic American investigative journalist best known for his influential political newsletter, . Stone was born in Philadelphia. ... Jean Paul Sartre Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905–April 15, 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, dramatist, novelist and critic. ...


Regular columns

For twenty years, Christopher Hitchens wrote the 'Minority Report' column, before resigning in 2003 over the magazine's positions on the Iraq war and War on Terror. Alexander Claud Cockburn () (born June 6, 1941) is a progressive Irish journalist who has lived and worked in the United States since 1973. ... Eric Alterman is a liberal American commentator, Professor of English at Brooklyn College and an author who is currently a political columnist for The Nation. ... Patricia J. Williams (b. ... Katha Pollitt (born 1949) is an American feminist writer. ... Naomi Klein Naomi Klein (born 1970) is a Jewish-Canadian journalist, author and activist. ... Calvin Trillin (born Kansas City, Missouri, December 5, 1935) is an American journalist, humorist, and novelist. ... Cryptic crosswords are a particular type of crossword which have become widely popular in the UK, and several other Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand and India. ... Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is a British journalist, author, and literary critic. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Iraq War or war in Iraq, is both an informal and a formal American term for military conflicts in Iraq including the 2003 Invasion of Iraq by the United States, and occupation by the U.S., U.K., and other forces. ... The war on terrorism or war on terror (abbreviated in U.S. policy circles as GWOT for Global War on Terror) is an effort by the governments of the United States and its principal allies to destroy groups deemed to be terrorist (primarily radical Islamist organizations such as al-Qaeda...

Upcoming Events

Editor in Chief, Katrina vandel Heuvel, and Correspondent, John Nichols, will be participating in a debated hosted by the University of Chicago's Chicago Society. This event is titled "Media and the Public Interest: Debating the Responsibility of the Press in a Democratic Society". It is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.ChicagoSociety.UChicago.edu

Notable recent events

The Nation Washington Editor, David Corn broke the Valerie Plame leak scandal in the summer of 2003 in the pages of The Nation after noting that journalist Robert Novak's blowing of the spy's cover in a newspaper column could be a possible felony. David Corn is a political correspondent for The Nation and author of the book as well as the political novel Deep Background and the biography Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIAs Crusades. ... For detail on the political scandal, see Plame affair Image:Plame and Wilson. ... įRobert David Sanders Novak (born February 26, 1931) is an American journalist and political figure. ... A felony, in many common law legal systems, is the term for a very serious crime; misdemeanors are considered to be less serious. ...

In a widely publicized and vocal break with the magazine, former columnist Christopher Hitchens left The Nation when it published a large number of letters from readers, who, Hitchens claimed, blamed America for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) is a British journalist, author, and literary critic. ... ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...

In 1997, MacArthur Foundation money was contributed to the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting through a MacArthur "genius grant" program, which was then headed by Catharine Stimpson, a member of The Nation magazine's Nation Institute Board. 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), founded in 1986, is an American organization that works against and documents bias in the media, censorship, and erroneous reporting. ...

The Nation issued an endorsement policy for political candidates that stated that they would only endorse democrats who opposed the war in Iraq.


Abolitionists founded The Nation in July 1865 on "Newspaper Row" at 130 Nassau Street in Manhattan. At the time, Joseph H. Richards was the publisher and E.L. Godkin was the editor. The magazine would stay at Newspaper Row for the next ninety years. Wendell Phillips Garrison, son of William Lloyd Garrison, was literary editor of the periodical from 1865 to 1906. This article is about the abolition of slavery. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1865 is a common year starting on Sunday. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Edwin Lawrence Godkin (October 2, 1831-May 21, 1902) was an American publicist. ... Wendell Phillips Garrison (1840-1907) was an American editor and author, born at Cambridgeport, Mass. ... William Lloyd Garrison William Lloyd Garrison (December 12, 1805, - May 24, 1879) was a prominent United States abolitionist, journalist and reformer. ...

In 1881, newspaperman-turned-railroad-baron Henry Villard acquired The Nation and converted it into a weekly literary supplement for his daily newspaper the New York Evening Post. The offices of the magazine were moved to the Evening Post's headquarters at 210 Broadway. The New York Evening Post would later morph into a tabloid: the New York Post was a left-leaning afternoon tabloid under owner Dorothy Schiff from 1939 to 1976, and has been a conservative tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch since that time, while The Nation remains known for its left-liberal politics. 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Henry Villard (April 10, 1835 – 1900), was an American journalist and financier of German origin. ... The New York Post is one of the oldest (and according to some definitions, the oldest) newspapers still published in the United States. ... Dorothy Schiff (March 11, 1903—August 30, 1989) was an American publisher of the New York Post, and was owner and publisher for nearly 40 years. ... Rupert Murdoch Keith Rupert Murdoch (born March 11, 1931) is an Australian-born American media proprietor who is the majority shareholder and managing director of News Corporation, one of the worlds largest and most influential media corporations. ...

In 1918, Henry's Villard's son, Oswald Garrison Villard, took over as editor of the magazine and sold the Evening Post. He remade The Nation into a current affairs publication and gave it a liberal orientation. 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... Oswald Garrison Villard (1872 - 1949) was a U.S. journalist. ...

New Nation publisher Hamilton Fish and then-editor Victor Navasky moved the weekly to 72 Fifth Avenue in June 1979. In June 1998, the periodical had to move to make way for condominium development. The offices of The Nation are now at 33 Irving Place. Victor Navasky (born July 5, 1932, New York) was editor of The Nation 1978-95, and its publisher and editorial director since January 1995. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


According to "The Nation's" founding prospectus of 1865, "The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred, our own exaggerations and misrepresentations notwithstanding."

Editorial Board

Norman Birnbaum, Richard Falk, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Randall Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Deborah Meier, Toni Morrison, Victor Navasky, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus G. Raskin, David Weir, and Roger Wilkins. See also Frances Fitzgerald (Irish politician) Frances FitzGerald (born 1940) is an American journalist best known for her work Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972). ... Eric Foner is the Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. ... Philip Green is the author of Deadly logic: the theory of nuclear deterrence, Retrieving democracy: in search of civic equality, Equality and democracy, and Cracks in the pedestal: ideology and gender in Hollywood. ... Lani Guinier (born 1950) is one of the foremost civil rights scholars in the United States today. ... Tom Hayden at the 2004 Democratic National Convention Thomas Emmett Tom Hayden (born December 11, 1939) is an American social and political activist and politician, most famous for his involvement in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. ... Tony Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an award-winning American playwright most famous for his play Angels in America. ... Deborah Meier (1931– ) is often considered the founder of the modern small schools movement. ... Toni Morrison (born February 18, 1931) is one of the most prominent authors in world literature, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. ... Victor Navasky (born July 5, 1932, New York) was editor of The Nation 1978-95, and its publisher and editorial director since January 1995. ... Richard Bordeaux Parker (1923-) served as deputy chief of mission in Rabat from 1970-74, as ambassador to Algeria from 1974 to 1977, and finally as ambassador to Morocco from 1978 to 1979. ... Michael Pertschuk is a public health and consumer advocate, author and former government official. ... David Weir is a journalist whos written for The Economist, HotWired, L.A. Weekly, Mother Jones, The Nation, New West, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Salon. ... Roger Wilkins (born 1932) is an American civil rights leader, professor of history, and journalist. ...

External links

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  • The Nation masthead

The Nation is also the name of daily newspapers in Pakistan and Thailand.

The Nation was also a left-wing newspaper in the United Kingdom, which was merged into the New Statesman in 1931. The New Statesman is a left-of-centre political weekly published in London. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ...

The Nation was also an Irish newspaper. See: The Nation. The Nation was an Irish nationalist newspaper, published in the 19th century, co-founded by Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy, its first editor. ...

For the township in Ontario see The Nation, Ontario. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English, French (in some areas) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 4th 1,076,395... The Nation is a township in eastern Ontario, Canada, in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell on the South Nation River. ...



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