The Nation

The Nation is a weekly magazine published by the Nation Institute. First published in 1865, The Nation is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It is the oldest weekly magazine in the U.S. to be continually published. The Nation also has bureaus in London and South Africa.Self-described as "the flagship for the left," The Nation focuses on the topics of politics and culture. Contributors of note have included Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, Hunter S. Thompson, Langston Hughes, Ralph Nader, Leon Trotsky, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, John Maynard Keynes and Naomi Klein. The Nation has broken such notable stories as the Valerie Plane leak scandal in 2003 and several articles about the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s. It was the first U.S. publication to report on what would become the Bay of Pigs invasion. The Nation has won 24 National Magazine Awards since 1971. Katrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher. Roane Carey is Managing Editor, John Palattella is Literary Editor, Betsy Reed is Executive Editor, and Richard Lingeman and Richard Kim are Senior Editors.

Articles from Vol. 264, No. 1, January 6

A Snare-the-Wealth Tax
One of the first tasks of the new 105th Congress, still under Republican control, will be to find ways to balance the budget. If it is to follow the arbitrary seven-year timetable, Congress must deal with a $700 billion gap between projected income...
Behind the (Bell) Curve
All over the country, politicians have prospered by evoking fear of a juvenile crime wave. Thus, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, thought he was jumping on a winning bandwagon recently when he embraced, in a speech to the...
Gutenberg Galaxy Expands
Let us suppose that computers will make books disappear (I do not think this will happen, but let us suppose so for the sake of the argument). Still, this would not entail the disappearance of printed material. We have seen that it was wishful thinking...
'Maverick' on Defense?
When Bill Clinton picked retiring Maine Republican Senator William Cohen as his new Defense Secretary, The Washington Post called Cohen a "maverickl" a label echoed by the rest of the establishment media. But as is so often the case with inside-the-Beltway...
Naked Cities
"The time is now or never for a Presidential urban strategy," wrote Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros in an August 9, 1995, confidential memo to President Clinton. Italicizing for emphasis, Cisneros laid out a simple argument....
The Battle for Medical Marijuana
This election is about a lot more than marijuana. It's about who we are as a people, and where were going as a nation," proclaimed San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club founder Demus Peron, puffing indignantly on a joint before a sea of TV cameras and...
The Teamsters' New Contract
Few national union presidents have ever had to endure the nail-biting ordeal that Teamster chief Ron Carey did in mid-December, as mail ballots cast by hundreds of thousands of his members were laboriously counted for five long days just outside Washington,...
Ticky-Tacky Big Boxes
Able to swallow vast acres at a single gulp, to sap neighborhoods and reduce downtowns to shells, the superstore has now hit the biggest Main Street of all, New York City. For the first time in the city's history of kowtowing to developers, however,...
Time Slime Revisited
Exactly four years ago, Time tried to kill a man. Now one of the would-be killers is trying to wipe his fingerprints off the murder weapon. Former Time-server Stanley Cloud sets forth his latest excuses and rationalizations in The Nation's "Letters"...
Total Access
It's hard to imagine much good coming out of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which brought us the V-chip, censorship of the Internet and more media conglmeration. But buried deep in the law is a provision expanding "universal service" for the first...
War Ends, Drugs Win; Resisters Say We're Fighting the Wrong Battles
The war on drugs has by all accounts failed. Yet our national dialogue about how to address this failure is trapped in a dead-end, partisan debate over who stands tougher against drug use and dealing. The concept of legalizing drugs has sparked some...