I usually start these yuletime posts by noting how important independent media is to the free functioning of democracy, and how crucial it is to make sure that smaller publications receive the love as much as the big ones do.

But I think those of you reading about politics at this point in the holiday season already know all that. Today, on this day of Hanukkah celebration and the final Sunday before Christmas, I’ll just be blunt: the Washington Monthly needs your help and support. We don’t have a paywall, and we don’t force a subscription to read our articles. We depend heavily on the generosity of our readers to keep the lights on, the servers humming and the articles coming.

If you have any extra coins jingling in the pocket at the end of the holiday splurge, we would be extremely appreciative if you could toss a few into the old hat. So, please, help us by making a donation as we approach the end of our holiday fundraising drive.

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Thank you again so much, and please enjoy this time with your loved ones as much as these years of crisis will allow.

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.