I can take or leave The Nation’s politics (mostly leave). But I really like it’s longer cultural and historical pieces. This quote from French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss appears in a lengthy essay on the same, and I find it worth remembering:
Other societies are perhaps no better than our own; even if we are inclined to believe they are, we have no method at our disposal for proving it. However, by getting to know them better, we are enabled to detach ourselves from our own society. Not that our own society is peculiarly or absolutely bad. But it is the only one from which we have a duty to free ourselves: we are, by definition, free in relation to the others.