New Year's Eve Numerals Arrive In Times Square - NYC
The 2022 New Year's Eve numerals are displayed in Times Square, in New York City, NY, USA, December 21, 2021. (Charles Guerin/Sipa via AP)

Many Americans are looking toward 2022 with a sense of dread. Not so here at the Washington Monthly. Sure, we recognize the gathering threats—from mutating viruses to rising illiberalism. We just don’t share the belief that our institutions and citizens are too weak to fight back.

What’s most needed is the right weaponry—that is, the specific political ideas, policies, and arguments that can turn the tide. That’s what we at the Washington Monthly try to provide. After all, one of the definitions of the word magazine is “a storehouse of ammunition.”


As a regular reader, you know that the Washington Monthly made a difference in 2020—especially our advocacy of vote by mail, a policy we’ve championed for nearly a decade and without which Donald Trump would likely still be president. And in 2021, the Biden administration began to deploy the anti-monopoly policies the Monthly has been writing about for more than a decade. We think the substantive and political payoff of these policies has only begun.

In 2022, we’ll be unveiling a new set of political and policy ideas—many of which Democrats can advance without having to ask Mitch McConnell for permission—that can help win elections and move the country forward. There are plenty of fine publications that tell you what everyone in Washington is talking about. Only the Washington Monthly tells you what everyone should be, and eventually will be, talking about.  


But we need your support. Independent media outlets always struggle, and COVID-19 and predatory tech monopolies don’t help. But you can. We rely on grants and donations to fund our crackerjack team of reporters and editors. And because we’re a nonprofit, your donation is tax-deductible. Please give before the year ends, and as a token of our gratitude, if you give $50 or more, you’ll receive a free one-year subscription to the print edition of the Washington Monthly.

In this season of giving, please give.

Wishing you health and happiness.

Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.