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How refreshing it would be if a presidential candidate reminded us of the experience of the New Deal.

New Deal progressives believed the economy should exist to serve society, not the other way around.

The US public is wonderfully diverse, but the arts are not equally accessible to all.

Where the New Deal once served to rebalance the power between labor and capital, we are now perilously out of balance.

The Bush Administration's solutions for the subprime mortgage crisis are too little, too late. Americans need a New Deal-style agency to manage domestic reconstruction.

Most New Deal programs were anything but race- and gender-neutral in their impact. They were both racially discrminatory and a boon to many black Americans.

For Roosevelt, the New Deal was a way of advancing freedom, which depended on economic as much as political rights.

Today's relentless arguments against a higher minimum wage suggest that Roosevelt's battle is not yet won.

The New Deal spirit of "persistent experimentation" yielded impressive results for the country. American leaders can recapture that spirit.

The New Deal brought with it programs that served not only the good of the people and the economy but also the environment. We need that now more than ever.

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Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Eric Alterman reminded us that the so-called “experts” were wrong about the Berlin Wall. Some things haven’t changed much.

November 12, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014