Political Animal


June 20, 2012 2:56 PM Constant Companion

By Ed Kilgore

When Charles Peters founded the Washington Monthly back in 1969, the political media landscape was obviously very different. There was obviously no internet. Cable TV was a tiny, mostly right-wing-backed phenomenon unknown to most Americans. Most people who wanted to be well-informed read daily newspapers (and in a number of cities, there were still more than one), and then usually one general-interest magazine and maybe a more purely political magazine.

Almost everything else changed since then—but not so much the Washington Monthly. No, it doesn’t publish as often, and yes, a lot of the content is web-based, and of course many writers and editors have come and gone (often on to higher-profile gigs). But the mission hasn’t changed, or even the magazine’s niche as a place for people especially interested in having an honest government that works. I discovered the Monthly around 1980 and it instantly became my favorite publication; for all I know some readers of this post discovered it the day before last. In any event, we can’t take its continuation for granted, so please consider making a donation here. You’ll earn the gratitude of both current and future readers, for whom it may become, as it has been for many of us, a constant companion.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • MuddyLee on June 21, 2012 9:36 AM:

    I have been a reader of Washington Monthly since 1973 and a subscriber most of that time. I read washingtonmonthly.com every day I'm on the computer - several times a day. When you live in an ultra-conservative state like South Carolina, the Washington Monthly is a wonderful resource and refuge. People, I challenge you to donate on an annual or monthly basis. We need the Washington Monthly. It deserves support. Thank you, Charles Peters.