The Nation and liberalism in the US

Nation magazine, ISO silent on Boston lockdown

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.

The Nation magazine and Obama’s reelection

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.

The Nation magazine and the campaign to reelect Obama

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.

The class issues in the 2012 US elections

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.

The Nation and the National Defense Authorization Act

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.

Journalist, scoundrel Christopher Hitchens dies at 62

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.

The Nation backs Obama after anti-Plan B contraception ruling

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.

American liberalism attempts to corral Occupy Wall Street movement for Democrats

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.

The Nation, ISO seek to channel Wall Street protests back to the Democratic Party

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.

The Nation’s Tom Hayden falsifies Obama’s Afghanistan plan

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.

The Nation joins the campaign against Julian Assange

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.

Cheerleaders for the AFL-CIO

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.

Wishing and hoping for Franklin D. Obama

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.

Frank Rich on the “mystery” of Obama

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.

The Nation on the Detroit march for “Jobs, Justice and Peace”: Deceit and self-delusion

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.

The American left and the WikiLeaks documents

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.

Liberal television host Rachel Maddow solidarizes herself with US military 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.

Frank Rich on Obama: Liberal fears and illusions

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

The liberals’ lament: What’s wrong with Obama?

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.

New York Times columnist worries over Obama’s “credibility gap”

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.

The Nation praises US intervention in Haiti

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.

The Nation and the Obama Doctrine

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.

The pro-war Nation and Obama’s Afghan escalation

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.

The great unmentionable

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.

Once again, on the ex-left and Iran

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.

Democrats pledge more cuts in Medicare to fund Obama’s health care overhaul

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

Times columnist David Brooks exposes “left” supporters of Obama health plan

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.

Obama’s health care speech and the lies of the Nation

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.

Afghanistan war escalation: The Nation seeks to “protect” the Obama administration from itself

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.

The Nation’s man in Tehran: Who is Robert Dreyfuss?

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.

The Nation magazine and the Iranian election

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.

The Nation and “socialism”

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.”

Future conditional: The Nation counsels Washington on the financial crisis

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.

The Nation and the Obama campaign

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.

The “circularity” of hope: The Nation endorses 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.

The Nation urges Cindy Sheehan not to run for Congress against Nancy Pelosi

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.