Founded in 1914, The New Republic was created as a progressive opinion journal. They promote novel solutions for modern critical issues, providing breaking news coverage, opinion pieces, and facilitating news-related and political debates. The New Republic, since the publication’s outset, has attempted to achieve a balance between humanitarian progressivism and intellectual scientism; the magazine has undergone several political shifts, ultimately landing on a left-leaning liberal voice.
Within America, The New Republic takes a largely modern liberal stance on both fiscal and social issues. According to Franklin Foer, a former editor, the publication invented the modern usage of the term, “liberal,” and one of the magazine’s greatest contributions is the facilitating of an ongoing conversation of what it means to be liberal. In recent decades, the magazine has covered a range of important social and political developments—everything from the Earned Income Tax Credit program to universal health care. Editors and writers have, historically, fought verbally against ideas such as supply-side economics and neoliberalism.
The New Republic, however, does not only cover issues traditionally viewed as liberal. Editors of the publication understand the need for ongoing dialogue, believing strongly in the power of dialectic inquiry. To that end, the magazine staffs several conservative writers in an attempt to localize political debate and social conversation.
The New Republic utilizes ambitious journalism, trenchant argument, and innovative storytelling to inspire the next generation of decision makers through conversations in print and online. Notable contributors have existed throughout the publication’s existence. They include: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Philip Roth, Camille Paglia, Hanna Rosin, James Wood, and Joseph Stiglitz, among others.