I have been a Nation subscriber off and on for nearly 50 years, but I recently made the decision to let my subscription expire. The only reason was that I had come to dread the news. I had decided that it was bad news enough to have become elderly; I did not need the further outrages inflicted by Cruz, McConnell, Gohmert, et al. Like Candide, I made the decision simply to tend my garden.
However, I somehow continued on your mailing list just long enough to receive the 150th-anniversary issue [April 6]. What an inspiration! I realize that I really need The Nation for however much longer I am alive. Thank you for the remarkable good work you do.
Congratulations on The Nation’s 150th birthday and the wonderful anniversary issue I received. Not only am I a loyal subscriber, but my uncle, Maurice Wertheim, was the publisher and benefactor of The Nation from 1935 to 1937, during the hard times of the Great Depression, when the magazine needed considerable support and guidance to stay alive. That is why I am so delighted to know that The Nation still remains the voice of the voiceless. Here’s to 150 more years!
Arthur Frank Wertheim
rancho palos verdes, calif.
Thank you for an astounding anniversary edition of The Nation. I will spend many hours savoring each and every article. It is our history, the history of movements and ideas that have been instrumental in shaping the American consciousness. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the struggle for dignity on behalf of people who are often invisible to those in the halls of power.
I live in the bizarre alternate universe called Texas. The Nation keeps me in touch with a conversation outside the one-party autocracy I live in.
I’ve been a reader of The Nation since college, and I’m way beyond that experience by a couple of decades. From time to time, I run into other Nation readers in Texas, and we speak in hushed tones, eyes darting about to make sure we’re not being watched. I often catch myself being very conscious of hiding the cover page of my Nation when reading in public. It feels wickedly subversive. Just having a Nation subscription in Texas can be considered a revolutionary act.