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. more
– from The Nation‘s founding prospectus, 1865
The Nation is a self described left leaning publication that was founded on July 6, 1865 by abolitionists, and is the oldest running weekly magazine in the US. It covers topics such as Art, Politics, Music, Legal Affairs, Environmental Issues, Peace, and many others. The magazine is primarily funded by donors called The Nation Associates whose names are listed in the end of the year issue.
The current editor of The Nation is Katrina vanden Heuvel. She has been the editor, publisher and part owner since 1995. Notable contributors to The Nation include: Albert Einstein, John Steinbeck, who wrote the well known novels, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, Martin Luther King Jr., poet Langston Hughes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughter House Five, and many others.
The Nation runs a selection of regular columns with contributors who have been writing for over 20 years. These columns include: Diary of a Mad Law Professor, Beneath the Radar, Deadline Poet, The Nation: a cryptic crossword and others.
Some of the major topics that are being covered in The Nation today are the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the plight of welfare mothers and the effects of the recent wars on the economy. So, if you want a leftist view of current events, The Nation is the magazine to check out.