Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

Bleifuss has worked at In These Times for 34 years, including as managing editor and senior editor. He tackles the state of national and international events with a blend of critical insight and humor, and over the years has developed a niche for investigative reporting.His reporting on environmental health issues, national security scandals and the Iran Contra affair has landed in newspapers and magazines around the country, including the New York Times, the Utne Reader, the Capital Eye and many others.He is the co-author of the book “Was The 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?,” with Steven F. Freeman.Before joining In These Times, Bleifuss was director of the Peace Studies Program for the University of Missouri, a features writer for the Fulton Sun in Fulton, Missouri, and a freelance journalist in Spain.Bleifuss currently serves on the advisory board of The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council.
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Pushing the Democratic Party Left: 40 Years of In These Times
Since 1976, In These Times has pressured Democrats for a more progressive agenda.
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This Moment Demands We Fight Harder Than Ever Before
A message from our editor & publisher.
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On the Clinton Foundation, Why Are Journalists Telling Us to Look the Other Way?
Hillary Clinton’s media sycophants appear to have forgotten how political corruption works.
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An Inside-Outside Strategy For the Political Revolution
Raucous protests and down-ballot Democrats can beat the Bernie-or-bust blues.
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Bernie Has Every Right To Raise Hell at the Democratic Convention
As wise man once said, “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."
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When Two Choices for President Aren’t Enough
To address voter apathy, we need a new system
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The Corporate-Backed Democratic Party Needs a Political Revolution
Bernie Sanders should use the momentum of his campaign to make demands at the Democratic National Convention
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The Morning After the Nomination: Will Clinton and Sanders Supporters Come Together?
On July 28, either Sanders or Clinton will accept the Democratic Party nomination. It will be up to their supporters to unite in November.
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Hillary Clinton Won Super Tuesday, But Bernie Sanders Won the Future
The millennials have spoken, and they overwhelmingly chose Sanders' radical change over Clinton's incremental reform.
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Rewriting the Progressive Playbook
To counter the resurgent Right, Wisconsin progressives are thinking big
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Will the Media Again Rush to Declare Clinton the Winner of Tonight’s Democratic Forum?
Why TV's talking heads discount Bernie Sanders
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A Chemical-Industrial Complex
Why do many hazardous chemicals go unregulated in the United States? An In These Times investigation reveals the answer.
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NDP Rising Star Nathan Cullen on How Republican Tactics are Infecting Canadian Politics, and More
The rising star of the socialist-leaning New Democratic Party discusses how Canadian Conservatives are learning from their neighbors to the south.
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Is The Donald the New Ronald?
Reagan's candidacy was a punchline until it wasn't.
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Gov. Walker Gets Off ‘Scot-Free’ For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has halted an investigation into Walker's questionable campaign finance tactics.
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Holier than Bernie
Which campaign matters more: Bernie Sanders's or Jill Stein's?
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The Secrets and Lies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
President Obama insists there's "nothing secret" about the massive trade deal—yet we aren't allowed to know anything that's in it.
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Bernie Sanders: A Candidate Worth Voting For
'I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president,' Sanders announced this morning.
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Third Party Time ... Out
The quadrennial debate begins.
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Chomsky, Lears and Elia Debate Whether an Academic Boycott of Israel Can Work
Is the tactic the best way to pressure Israel?
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Parameters of Respectability
Syriza makes U.S. media elites uncomfortable.
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The New Cuba: Capitalism with a Socialist Face?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is delighted that Obama normalized relations with Cuba.
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The Lesson from the Midterms: Elizabeth Warren Should Run in 2016
After the pity party’s through, let’s get organized.
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Jim Crow at the Polling Place
New voter legislation is an unwelcome blast from the past.
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Jesse Jackson Keeps Pushing
30 years after his first presidential run, Jackson talks Obama, Civil Rights and the black vote.
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Why Vote in 2014
As Ferguson shows, people need a reason to think their vote matters. Here's one.
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Chicago’s Next Mayor?
Karen Lewis may be the anti-Rahm that Chicago's looking for.
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The Neverending Syndrome: From Vietnam to Iraq
As Iraq plunges into civil war, we should indeed play the blame game.
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Mission To Muckrake
Why investigative reporting matters.
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Bernie Sanders: The People’s President?
The Vermont senator on why he's mulling a run for the White House in 2016
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Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Three recent examples of corporations corrupting government.
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Getting Our Hands Dirty
Republican voting restrictions will hit young people hard. Where's the outrage among millennials?
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Charter Schools: The Promise and the Peril
Two systems of public education go head-to-head in Chicago.
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Schoolteachers Take On the Chicago Machine
The Chicago Teachers Union flexes its political muscle in the March primaries.
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The Reform That Dare Not Speak Its Name
The virtues of proportional representation.
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Precarious Democracy
A political agenda for the precarious class.
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The Social Movement Romance
Progressives can't let a love affair with social movements distract them from electoral politics.
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Chicago Teachers Lead the Way
The CTU plans to change the political landscape in Chicago.
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Welcome Back, Jim Crow
With a helping hand from the Supreme Court, the GOP can cling to power by disenfranchising voters.
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Obama’s SEC Cop-Out
The new chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission is fresh off Wall Street.
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FCC: Fronting For Corporations?
Business is cheering Obama's nominee. That's bad news if you like your media diverse and your Internet free.
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Tea Party Coup D’état
Progressives are too quick to believe that the Tea Party hurts Republicans.
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A Just War in Timbuktu?
How the Salafist uprising in Mali threw our Enlightenment ideals into confusion.
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A Deadly Disorder at the EPA
Before we can save the honeybees, we need to resuscitate the EPA.
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Watch Out, Grandma!
The latest scheme to 'fix the debt' by breaking Social Security.
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Gold Diggers and Indians
Republicans want to have their way with Wisconsin's buried gold, but the Anishinaabe aren't having it.
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The New Right’s Rabid Watchdog
The only political party linked to organized 'voter fraud' in 2012 was the one loudly denouncing it.
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The War on Teachers: Pick a Side
In Chicago, the teachers' strike was hugely popular. In the national media, it was maligned.
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