The Nation and liberalism in the US
By Tom Mackaman and Barry Grey, 30 April 2013
One searches the TheNation.com and SocialistWorker.org in vain for an article seriously addressing—much less condemning—the police-military lockdown.
By Barry Grey, 9 November 2012
The full depth of reaction emerges when the Nation turns its fixation on race and gender to the subject of white people.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 October 2012
In making their case for the reelection of Barack Obama, the writers and editors of the Nation magazine are compelled to resort to sophistry and lies.
By Jerry White, 11 October 2012
With less than four weeks to the US elections, the Democratic Party is hoping to recover from the impact of President Obama’s dismal performance last week in the first debate.
By Tom Carter and Barry Grey, 27 December 2011
A comment published on the web site of the Nation by columnist Robert Scheer demonstrates that the left-liberal layers for whom the magazine speaks are neither willing nor able to conduct a principled defense of democratic rights.
By David Walsh, 17 December 2011
Christopher Hitchens began his public life as a “left” journalist in Britain and moved on, without undergoing any apparent internal struggle, to become a proponent of imperialist war and oppression, residing in Washington, D.C.
By Janel Flechsig, 13 December 2011
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt responded to the Obama administration’s decision to bar over-the-counter sales of the Plan B drug to all women by pledging to vote for Obama.
By David Walsh, 14 October 2011
Various liberal and ex-left forces who claim to support the anti-Wall Street movement are seeking to divert it into support for the Democratic Party, or into the orbit of the trade unions and “identity” politics.
By David Walsh, 7 October 2011
The Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization are intervening in the Wall Street protests to prevent the emergence of a movement in opposition to the Democratic Party and capitalism.
By David Walsh, 27 June 2011
On the Nation web site, Tom Hayden, longtime Democratic Party operative, has posted a dishonest and contemptible article about Barack Obama’s June 22 speech on the war in Afghanistan.
By David Walsh, 30 December 2010
The Nation magazine in the US, with its publication of “The Case of Julian Assange” by columnist Katha Pollitt, has joined the right-wing campaign against the WikiLeaks co-founder.
The pseudo-left and the October 2 Washington rally
By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2010
An array of middle-class organizations calling themselves socialist endorsed the demonstration called by the unions to support the Democratic Party in the November election.
By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2010
In a series of commentaries published over the past week, liberal media pundits have claimed that two recent speeches by President Obama signal a turn to the left and an embrace of the social reform policies of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2010
Frank Rich’s critique of Obama’s speech on Iraq is the latest in a series of commentaries by the New York Times columnist reflecting the growing dismay and disappointment with Obama within the left-liberal constituency of the Democratic Party.
By David Walsh, 6 September 2010
On August 28, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, UAW President Bob King and a host of other union leaders and Democratic Party politicians addressed a crowd of several thousand people in Detroit. The Nation has turned the event into something it wasn’t.
By David Walsh, 31 July 2010
American liberalism and the “left” have responded to the WikiLeaks revelations as an element of the establishment, suggesting alterations in policy, but rejecting an independent struggle against war based on a break with the Democratic Party.
An exchange with a reader on “Liberal television host Rachel Maddow solidarizes herself with US military in Afghanistan”
By David Walsh, 20 July 2010
The WSWS responds to a reader about television host Rachel Maddow’s attitude toward the war in Afghanistan.
By David Walsh, 15 July 2010
The visit by MSNBC news program host Rachel Maddow to Afghanistan in early July was as revealing as it was repugnant.
By Barry Grey, 8 June 2010
In a column published Sunday, New York Times commentator Frank Rich expresses the mounting frustration and concern of Obama’s liberal supporters over the president’s response to the BP oil spill
By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2010
The first week of March has seen a number of commentaries in the American media, mainly from liberal pundits, worrying over the declining public standing of President Obama and the growing signs of disarray in the Democratic Party.
By Jerry White, 27 January 2010
Written a week after the Democrats’ electoral debacle in Massachusetts, a column by Bob Herbert, a liberal supporter of the president, expresses concern over growing popular opposition to the administration.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2010
The Nation reacted to the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake in Haiti and exacerbated by the US military occupation of the country by praising the Obama administration.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2009
President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech has been hailed virtually unanimously across the entire spectrum of the American political establishment, including the Nation magazine.
By David Walsh, 4 December 2009
The Nation magazine has responded to President Barack Obama’s announcement of an escalation of the Afghan war with efforts at damage control and a new attempt to mislead the US population and keep it within the bounds of the present political setup.
By Joe Kishore, 22 October 2009
The past week has seen a proliferation of worried comments from liberal supporters of Obama on the state of social and political relations in the United States.
By Joe Kishore, 29 September 2009
The latest orchestrated provocation over Iran’s nuclear program exposes the reactionary role of the middle-class backers of the “green” opposition in Iran.
By Joe Kishore, 12 September 2009
The Democratic Congressional leadership indicated its support for passing a health care bill that will pave the way for major cuts in health care
By Joe Kishore, 12 September 2009
A column published by conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks details the right-wing character of Obama’s proposed health care overhaul.
By Joe Kishore, 11 September 2009
The gross distortions of the Nation magazine’s response to Obama’s health care speech serve a definite political purpose.
By David Walsh, 3 September 2009
The war in Afghanistan is increasingly taking center stage in American political life. The Nation and other liberal elements continue to apologize for Barack Obama, who is now preparing a major escalation of the conflict.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 June 2009
The line of the Nation magazine on the events in Iran is indistinguishable from that of the American political establishment. The background of its principal correspondent on the Iranian events, Robert Dreyfuss, deserves careful examination.
By Joe Kishore, 16 June 2009
The Nation magazine, the voice of left-liberal supporters of Obama, has quickly weighed in to support charges of vote-rigging and a “coup d’état” in Iran.
By David Walsh, 2 April 2009
For examples of intellectual and political bankruptcy, one could hardly do better than peruse the pages of the Nation, the American liberal publication. An excellent starting-point would be the magazine’s ongoing series, “Reimagining Socialism.”
By Tom Eley, 1 October 2008
The Nation magazine, the leading publication of America’s left-liberal milieu, has waded into the US financial meltdown with numerous columns and articles in print and on its web site.
By Jerry White, 27 August 2008
The “special convention issue” of the Nation magazine features a lengthy article entitled “Progressives in the Obama Moment,” which seeks to make the case for those opposed to war and the reactionary policies of the Bush administration to rally behind the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2008
In an editorial in its latest edition, dated February 25, the liberal magazine The Nation has given its endorsement to Senator Barack Obama in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
By David Walsh, 23 August 2007
The Nation magazine, a leading voice of left-liberalism, has come out in opposition to antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan’s decision to run for Congress as an independent against Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.