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2016 is almost over, and good riddance to it.

But 2017 is right around the corner. Twenty short days left in the Obama presidency, and then begins the long dark nightmare. Progressives will need to come together to help one another more than ever.

The press is going to come under attack like never before. Already suffering from the decline of print journalism, shortened attention spans, an explosion of click-bait and the centralization and decline of online revenue models, it’s getting harder and harder for non-profit investigative and opinion journalism to survive. And now, with Donald Trump comes a threat like none we have ever seen before.

We here at the Washington Monthly still need you. We literally cannot continue to operate without your help. The hamsters that keep the servers running need food pellets and clean cages. The writers who work hard to keep quality, interesting and incisive content need just a little something to help keep a roof over our heads so we can continue this labor of love. But without you, it all grinds to a halt. Please help us before this execrable year is over.

We have our differences to be sure, and we’ll keep expressing those differences to one another. Because we’re progressives. That’s what we do. We believe in ideas. We believe in pragmatism. We believe in compassion. We believe in using the scientific method and pure reason, combined with ethics, empathy and a consciousness of power dynamics, to arrive at the best possible solutions. We believe in fair debate and integrity because it’s part of who we are, and we know that we come out stronger for it. You won’t always like everything you read here, you won’t always agree with it, but you know you’ll come out better informed, more aware of the smart takes from a variety of progressive perspectives whether it’s LeTourneau, Longman, Tucker, myself or the other myriad fine writers who contribute to the Monthly, and you’ll be better equipped to engage the world as part of the resistance to the monstrosity that awaits all of us. Together, with us.

But we can’t do it without you. Please help. We deeply, deeply appreciate your support.

Thank you.

David Atkins

Follow David on Twitter @DavidOAtkins. David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.