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. 4, February 3

Authenticity Crisis, Baby
The last few weeks of 1996 must have been vexing indeed for those on the barricades of the lifestyle revolution. No sooner had The Village Voice declared victory in the culture war than The New York Times announced, on its front page for December 4,...
Borders Belabored
Borders, the bookstore chain that's fast eclipsing its national competition, likes to say its well-read employees are its biggest asset. Lately, those employees are insisting that the company prove it. In December, booksellers at the Des Moines, Iowa,...
Born Again vs. Porn, Again
The Last Marxist and I had a good time at Milos Forman's new movie, The People vs. Larry Flynt. Great performances by Woody Harrelson as Hustler publisher and First Amendment fan Flynt and by Courtney Love as Althea Leasure, his funny, lewd, exotic-dancer-turned-copublisher-turned-AIDS-afflicted-junkie...
Daley's Commerce: William Daley Seems to Fit Ron Brown's Shoes - a Master of 'Pinstripe Patronage.'
On the day Bill Clinton announced the appointment of William Daley as his new Secretary of Commerce, Washington Post pundit David Broder enthused on CNN that Daley was a "terrific" appointment because he was a "replication of Ron Brown," an assessment...
Death and Dignity
Unlike welfare reform or the privatization of Social Security, the issue of assisted suicide does not evoke a clear progressive response. Among the amicus briefs submitted in the cases argued before the Supreme Court on January 8 was an assertion from...
Hail to the Chiefs
Washington never appears more Roman than it does during a presidential inauguration. For a brief spasmodic moment, you can see the intended point of all those colonnades, arches, statues and Capitoline knockoffs. And the stately trudge from Capitol...
Raucous Caucus
On Thursday, January 9, the Progressive Caucus--representing fifty-four House members and chaired by Bernie Sanders, the lone independent--joined the Institute for Policy Studies and a range of other citizen groups to present a full day of policy and...
Robocop's Dream
Police in Pasadena, California, are now one step closer to their dream of ruling the night, thanks to the same technology that guided "smart bombs" into the streets of Baghdad. "Infrared tracking technology helps us reduce costs and put more people...
The Heartland's Raw Deal: How Meatpacking Is Creating a New Immigrant Underclass
STORM LAKE, IOWA Thirty-year-old Lauro Ibarro left his wife and daughter behind in Reynosa, Mexico, and dodged the traps of U.S. Immigration to make a better life for them all by slaughtering pigs in the mammoth plant that defines life in this...
The Portrait of a Lady
Late last year, Twentieth Century Fox released a lavish music video called William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though the first half of the title did puzzle me. The text--what few lines of it crept in--seemed an unwelcome...