The Nation is a left-leaning magazine, founded in 1865 by E.L. Godkin, to "not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred." Despite its pronouncement of non-partisan independence, it is overwhelming aligned with Democrats and accepts advertising revenue from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). It does accept corporate advertising.
Louis Proyect concluded his critique of the magazine by noting that: "It has always been funded by "enlightened" members of the capitalist class like Henry Villard or the current crop of investors who feel the need to point out its shortcomings but who can't conceive of alternatives to the system that has blessed them with riches beyond imagination." 
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- John Stauber, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, March 15, 2013, CounterPunch.
- William A. Armstrong, E. L. Godkin: A Biography (State University of New York Press, 1978).
- Edward S. Herman, "The Cruise Missile Left, Part 4: The Nation Magazine's Forum on "Humanitarian Intervention,"", Swans Magazine, September 1, 2003.
- Louis Proyect, "The Early Days Of The Nation Magazine", Swans Commentary, November, 17, 2008.
- Bill Van Auken, "The Nation’s man in Tehran: Who is Robert Dreyfuss?", The World Socialists Website, June 22, 2009.
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