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Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.

Snowpiercer mocks what The Lego Movie cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.

John Coltrane and other “lost” musicians of the ’60s are teaching a new generation of artists to bend time and space.

Corporations are not people, money is not speech, and votes must matter more than billionaires’ dollars.

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.

A more convivial, expansive and life-affirming future is with us now—and the movies can help take us there.

The “logic” of capitalist development has left a nightmare of environmental destruction in its wake.

While honoring the legacy of American communists, 
a new generation of radicals has chosen to organize under 
the “socialist” banner.

Blogs

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

The Nation’s coverage of an earlier Confederate flag controversy—from 1887—shows the real reason the flag still flies in South Carolina.

June 22, 2015

Today's Altercation features interesting and relatively obscure cover songs.

June 18, 2015

In 2013, American Library Association passed a public statement in support of the former NSA contractor. Then it changed its mind. 

June 2, 2015

Sometimes the best things are the least appreciated.

June 1, 2015

Songs about war and attendant suffering cut across all musical genres.

May 22, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/22/15?

May 22, 2015

A new movie from Andrew Niccol stars Ethan Hawke as a pilot fighting terrorists from the ’burbs of Las Vegas.

May 15, 2015

What Are ‘Nation’ Interns Reading the Week of 5/15/15?

May 15, 2015

Three million Vietnamese names, etched on copper plates 13 feet high.

May 11, 2015