In These Times is a nonprofit, independent news magazine and website committed to political and economic democracy and opposed to the dominance of transnational corporations and the tyranny of marketplace values over human values. In These Times is dedicated to reporting the news with the highest journalistic standards; to informing and analyzing movements for social, environmental and economic justice; and to providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.
"If it weren't for In These Times, I'd be a man without a country."—Kurt Vonnegut
In 1976, author and historian James Weinstein founded In These Times with the mission to "identify and clarify the struggles against corporate power now multiplying in American society."
Weinstein (1926-2005) was joined in establishing this independent magazine of news, culture and opinion by noted intellectuals Daniel Ellsberg, E.P. Thompson, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, Julian Bond and Herbert Marcuse, all of whom were among the original sponsors of the magazine.
Three decades after its founding, In These Times remains committed to covering the controversial issues of our time and has adhered to the belief that to thrive, a progressive political movement needs its own media to inform, educate and orient itself.
But as a non-profit, In These Times can only continue to publish with the support of readers who value independent journalism.
In These Times has frequently scooped the mainstream media on stories ranging from the first coverage of global warming and extensive investigative reporting on the Iran Contra scandal in the '80s to early in-depth coverage of the genocide in the Sudan in 2004 and more recently the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in crafting and promoting union-busting austerity bills in statehouses across the country. Such reporting has earned In These Times more Project Censored awards than any other magazine.
Over the last 35 years, In These Times has distinguished itself by producing high-quality journalism that treats women, communities of color, working people and other groups ignored by the mainstream media as legitimate audiences, sources and subjects of the news.
Working In These Times, a section of our website devoted to independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement, is one of the only dedicated sources of reporting on struggles for workers' rights in the U.S. and around the globe.
Over the years, In These Times has published the work of a wide range of noted writers, including reporting by Naomi Klein, Chris Hayes, Greg Palast and Thomas Frank; fiction by Alice Walker and Kurt Vonnegut; and political commentary by former presidential candidate George McGovern, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, environmentalist Sandra Steingraber, the late Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Dorothy Allison.
As Vermont's Independent Senator Bernie Sanders puts it, "We need publications in this country that are unapologetically on the side of social and economic justice, and environmental sanity. And that's what In These Times is."