Current usage of the term "liberal" usually denotes a philosophy that
looks to government action to help meet the needs of the individual.
Modern usage developed out of the 19th century position of supporting
civil and human rights against established monarchies, then to
Depression era policies in which government was used aggressively to
insure protection and regulation of civil liberties for all. Liberals
generally support environmental legislation, universal health
insurance, strong public welfare programs, and other uses of government
in the areas of social and cultural development. Related to, and often
confused with Progressives, Liberals are more willing to use government as a way to bring about change in society at many levels. See also Religion & Politics.
People for the American Way
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, this group is very active in
civil liberties, right to privacy, censorship and other issues
impacting civil rights. It is highly critical of the "religious right,"
and has amassed a large document file on the activi
ties of this conservative political movement.
American Prospect Suzzallo/Allen Stacks E838 A54 Subtitled "a journal for the liberal imagination," this quarterly seeks to renew "America's democratic traditions by presenting a practical and convincing vision of liberal philosophy, politics and public life."
Contemporary Review Suzzallo/Allen Stacks AP4 C7 Also Available Online Published in Great Britain, this monthly takes a global view of public affairs. Intellectual in presentation, and generally liberal in perspective, it is written in a comprehensible style and well researched. It covers the arts and religion, as well as more clearly political issues of the day.
Dissent Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HX1 D58 Also Available Online A "magazine of the left," Dissent publishes articles examining U.S. politics and society. It also covers the issues in European politics.
George Suzzallo/Allen Stacks E839.5 G39 A chatty, gossipy, glossy effort, during its short run George tried to carve out a reputation for behind the scenes information. It was edited by John Kennedy, Jr.
Mother Jones Microforms & Newspapers Collection Microfilm A11919 Also Available Online One of the classic alternative magazines to come out of the 1970's, Mother Jones describes itself as liberal, but goes after all sides in any political controversy.
The Nation Odegaard Periodicals (Latest Edition), Suzzallo/Allen Stacks (Older Editions) AP2 N2 One of the foremost liberal journals, The Nation, the oldest continually published weekly in the U.S., takes an unapologetic left-wing stance on the issues of the day. It even has a sense of humor about itself.
New Republic Suzzallo/Allen Stacks AP2 N624 Also Available Online More balanced than its soulmate The Nation, the New Republic publishes even-handed commentary on public issues. It has been criticized by some liberals for losing its political fervor in the last several years.
New Statesman Suzzallo/Allen Stacks AP4 N65 Also Available Online Published in London, the New Statesman represents the perspectives of the British Labour Party and covers the U.K. political scene in a substantive fashion, but also reports on American politics. It continues to devote a good part of its pages to a review of the arts and culture.
Village Voice Microforms & Newspapers Collection Microfilm A7015 Also Available Online An alternative press paper that grew up, the Village Voice is very lively and entertaining, anything but objective. Look here for commentary on modern life and politics.
Washington Monthly Suzzallo/Allen Stacks AP2 W32 Also Available Online This jaunty and outspoken journal takes on every troublesome issue it can find. Extremely opinionated, it has a clear editorial bias and covers federal political issues with liberal logic.