Edward Bellamy’s choice of “The New Nation” as the name for his magazine is interesting in that another magazine with a similar name but with a different policitcal perspective had existed for a long time before Bellamy’s magazine, and when Bellamy’s new publication was conducted by Henry Willard Austin, the other older magazine (The Nation) was owned by Henry Villard. During the life of Bellamy’s magazine, the older Nation magazine expressed an anti-socialist point of view. Was the “New Nation” name selected by Bellamy meant to contrast his magazine’s pro-socialist point of view? See the work of the documentarian Dr. Rex Curry (author of “Pledge of Allegiance Secrets”). http://rexcurry.net/edward-bellamy-national-socialist.html
Note that the publishing organization for Bellamy’s publication was named “THE NATIONALIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION” in deliberate similarity to the National Education Association (NEA). This is a photograph of the Nationalist Magazine from Edward Bellamy http://rexcurry.net/edward-bellamy-the-nationalist.jpg
Edward Bellamy was cousin and cohort to another infamous American National socialist, Francis Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance (which was the origin of the stiff-arm salute adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers Party, as shown by Dr. Curry). http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance2.jpg
The Bellamys wanted government to take over all educational institutions and create an “industrial army” to spread their dogma.
Later, the older Nation magazine would adopt Bellamy’s pro-socialist dogma, long aftger Bellamy and his magazine ceased to exist.
The Nation magazine began in July 1865 in Manhattan. The publisher was Joseph H. Richards, and the editor was E.L. Godkin, a classical liberal critic of nationalism, imperialism, and socialism. The magazine stayed at “Newspaper Row” in Manhattan for 90 years. Wendell Phillips Garrison, son of William Lloyd Garrison, was literary editor of the periodical from 1865 to 1906.
In 1881, newspaperman-turned-railroad-baron Henry Villard acquired The Nation and converted it into a weekly literary supplement for his daily newspaper the New York Evening Post.
In 1918, the editor of the magazine became Henry Villard’s son, Oswald Garrison Villard, and he sold the Evening Post. He remade The Nation into a current affairs publication and gave it a socialist orientation. Villard’s takeover prompted the FBI to monitor the magazine for roughly 50 years. The FBI had a file on Villard since 1915. Almost every editor of The Nation from Villard’s time to the 1970s was looked at for “subversive” activities and ties. When Albert Jay Nock, not long later, published a column criticizing Samuel Gompers and trade unions for being complicit in the war machine of the First World War, The Nation was briefly suspended from the U.S. mail.
Under Henry Villard, the offices of The Nation were moved to the Evening Post’s headquarters on Broadway. The New York Evening Post would later morph into a tabloid: the New York Post. It was a socialist-leaning afternoon tabloid under owner Dorothy Schiff from 1939 to 1976.
The Nation continues to be known for its socialist politics. http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg
Eric Foner, the socialist professor of history who has spent much of his career at Columbia University, cited Lincoln on behalf of the preservation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In his book “Lincoln Unmasked,” the author Thomas DiLorenzo cites a February 1991 article in “The Nation” called “Lincoln’s Lesson,” in which Foner denounced the secession movements in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Georgia, and called upon Mikhail Gorbachev to suppress them with the same ruthlessness Lincoln showed the South. According to Foner, no “leader of a powerful nation” should tolerate “the dismemberment” of Soviet socialism. “The Civil War,” Foner explained gushingly, “was a central step in the consolidation of national authority in the United States.” And then: “The Union, Lincoln passionately believed, was a permanent government. Gorbachev would surely agree.” Modern American socialists boastfully repudiate the Lincoln myth about slavery and they declare that Lincoln’s so-called “Civil War” was the violent suppression of independence, exactly what Foner wanted to see under Soviet socialism.
Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels. In “The Story of American Freedom,” the historian Eric Foner observes that the 1890’s ritual Pledge of Allegiance from the socialist Francis Bellamy (another worshipper of Lincoln and the War of Northern Aggression) was quickly joined with the practice of standing for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as well as Flag Day. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance2.jpg