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. 268, No. 7, February 22

Ellington Hits 100
On the eve of the New York premiere of his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," in 1893, Anton Dvorak stated in an interview that he was "now satisfied that the future of music in this country must be founded upon what are called the Negro...
LA Story: Backlash of the Boosters
THE ESTABLISHMENT LIKES ITS SKIES--AND ITS URBAN EXPERTS--SUNNY. SO WHEN MIKE DAVIS BEGAN TO BE NOTICED FOR HIS DARK ANALYSIS, IT SET OUT TO DESTROY HIM. What happens to a leading Marxist writer after he gets a MacArthur genius grant, a Getty Fellowship,...
Letters
PETITION ON IMPEACHMENT New York City * The following petition was first circulated at a meeting in January of the American Historical Association. Since that time, it has been circulated on the Internet. As of this writing 200 people have signed....
Reflections on Civil Society
THE NATION-STATE PARADIGM OF GOVERNANCE HAS BEGUN TO OUTLIVE ITS USEFULNESS. Less than a decade ago, as the cold war was drawing to an unexpectedly sudden and peaceful close, it was easy to be optimistic about the state of civil society around the...
Sextuple Jeopardy
In The Spirit of the Laws, Montesquieu draws a distinction that is useful in thinking about the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Montesquieu distinguishes between the structure of government, which he calls its "nature"--for example, monarchy, republicanism,...
Shakespeare in Love
SHE'S ALL THAT * SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE When a young woman in high school frets about the folks in Mogadishu--when, for that matter, she can spell "Mogadishu"--American moviegoers know she needs a fashion makeover, a boyfriend and an eventful night...
She's All That
SHE'S ALL THAT * SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE When a young woman in high school frets about the folks in Mogadishu--when, for that matter, she can spell "Mogadishu"--American moviegoers know she needs a fashion makeover, a boyfriend and an eventful night...
The False Dawn of Civil Society
Civil society--a broad term denoting the wide range of organizations operating outside the governmental and business sectors--has taken on greater significance in a world in which the state is increasingly beset from within by armed rebellions and...
The Prosecutorial State
Right-wingers mil against the power of judges, but they are plowing yesterday's furrow. These days judicial puissance is a mangy thing when set against the power of prosecutors, who cut the deals, dictate the pleas while judges' hands are tied by mandatory...
Weapons of Mass Distraction
That is what a clever old-style Berkeley radical friend of mine calls the arrows that have flown in Washington for the past year. His comment made me reach back in time, back to the many serious debates that demanded attention before we were all distracted...