So What's a Modern Liberal Then?

12 Mar 2009

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, an independent weekly journal that's been in publication since 1865, talks about what it means to be a modern liberal.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: For me it does begin with a kind of non-corporate approach to life. It begins with a world that is more peaceful, more just. It begins with the mantra, which informed the Obama campaign's best part in my view, which is the organizing from below, which was about respect, inclusion, opportunity, empowerment.

Those are attributes of a left and progressive community that I believe in and independence is what The Nation has been about for 143 years. We've never been as we stated in our founding statement in 1865, the organ of any party and that is where you find, I think, a strong basis for being a true, freethinking, lefty, liberal progressive.

Editors Note: In the wake of the global financial crisis, The Nation is hosting a feature series on "Re-imagining Socialism". Some of the writers and articles featured in their series, include:

Tariq Ali: Capitalism's Deadly Logic

Rebecca Solnit: The Revolution Has Already Occured

Immanuel Wallerstein: Follow Brazil's Example

You can find this page online at http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/114.19.

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