Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation is a critical, independent voice in American journalism and a platform for investigative reporting and spirited debate on issues of import to the progressive community. Through changing times and fashions, The Nation and TheNation.com offer consistently informed and inspired reporting and analysis of breaking news, politics, social issues and the arts—never faltering in our editorial commitment to what Nation Publisher Emeritus Victor Navasky has called “a dissenting, independent, trouble-making, idea-launching journal of critical opinion.”
For over 150 years, The Nation has uniquely chronicled the breadth of American political and cultural life and is often considered the “flagship” of the political Left. We don’t just talk about progress, we instigate it. The Nation has a proud history of connecting thinkers with doers, of seeking out and amplifying the best ideas and the most thought-provoking, engaging and talented voices—many of whom were ahead of their time.
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150 years later, this rich legacy offers a rare, historic and forward-looking view of our country and our world—one that few publications can claim. Today, The Nation remains a beacon of integrity and idealism, and a testament to the importance of a free and vital press. The spirit of informed dissent lives on in dispatches from the front-lines, unflinching exposés of political corruption and illuminating cultural reflections.