In These Times

Magazine Cover, Dec 2016 (link)



Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2014):

Revenue: $3,267,230
Expenses: $1,472,825
Assets: $2,112,400


1976 in Chicago, Illinois


Progressive and Democratic Socialist Magazine


James Weinstein

Editor and Publisher:

Joel Bleifuss

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This organization operates under a “doing business as” name. The legal name of this organization is Institute for Public Affairs.

In These Times is a socialist magazine and online news and opinion website founded in 1976 by James Weinstein.1 The magazine has long been an influential publication in far-left socialist circles and is recommended by the Democratic Socialists of America as a publication to read for a socialist reading group.2 The publication states that it reaches over 350,000 readers monthly via its various streams.3 Many influential far-left figures have been involved with the publication since its founding including Kurt Vonnegut and Noam Chomsky.4 The operating organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit called the Institute for Public Affairs which does business as In these Times.5

History and People

In These Times was founded in 1976 by James Weinstein, a lifelong socialist and former member of the American Communist Party who worked for or founded socialist publications, including Studies on the Left and Socialist Review.6 Weinstein had left the Communist Party in 1956 and eventually gave up on third-party political activity and advocated for socialists to work within the confines of the Democratic Party.7 Weinstein modeled In These Times after the early 20th century socialist newspaper Appeal To Reason which was published in Kansas from 1895 to 1922 and featured prominent socialists of the time including Socialist Party Presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs and labor union activist (and Mother Jones magazine namesake) Mother Jones.8

Throughout its history In These Times has published most of the influential socialist and other left-wing writers of the era including Noam Chomsky, and Kurt Vonnegut, who served as a senior editor for the publication.9

The current editor and publisher of In These Times is Joel Bleifuss, who has worked at the magazine since 1986.10


In These Times lists four “website sponsors” online which include:11

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Communication Workers of America (CWA)

Puffin Foundation

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Their website further states that its Working In These Times blog is funded by a grant by the Public Welfare Foundation, a left-wing grantmaking foundation.12

Relationship with Labor

In These Times has been closely aligned with labor unions since its founding and currently runs a pro-labor union blog titles Working In These Times which supports pro-union employment policies and spews anti-business rhetoric.13 The magazine published many articles lambasting the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME which protected the rights of employees who reject the union agenda but are forced to be represented by government worker unions including AFSCME, which is a sponsor of In These Times.14

In February 2014, the staff of In These Times voted to unionize and joined the Communications Workers of America union. Staff statements said they had unionized to align with the pro-union stances of the publication and to protest frequent layoffs and rehires by the publication due to inconsistent funding streams.15


  1. Carson, Sharon. “What a Century-Old Socialist Newspaper Can Teach Us About the Left”. In These Times.
  2. Meyer, Neal. “How to Run a Socialist Reading Group” Democratic Socialists of America. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  3. “Advertise”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  4. “About”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  5. IRS form 990. 2014.  Institute for Public Affairs. Accessed July 1, 2018
  6. Hodgson, Godfrey. “Obituary: James Weinstein.” The Guardian. June 21, 2005. Accessed July 12, 2018.
  7. Harvey, Miles. “James Weinstein 1926-2005”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  8. Carson, Sharon. “What a Century-Old Socialist Newspaper Can Teach Us About the Left”. In These Times.
  9. “About”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  10. “About”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  11. “Sponsorship Opportunities”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  12. “Working In These Times”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  13. “Working In These Times”. In These Times. Accessed July 1, 2018.
  14. Fletcher jr., Bill. “The Janus Decision Was Never About the First Amendment. It Was About Destroying Labor.” Working In These Times.  June 27, 2018. Accessed July 8, 2018.

  15. Jamieson, Dave. “Staff Of In These Times Magazine Joins Communications Workers Of America Union” Huffington Post. February 25, 2014. Accessed July 8 2018.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: August 1, 1983

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2014 Dec Form 990 $3,267,230 $1,472,825 $2,112,400 $337,692 N $2,999,912 $226,984 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,509,646 $1,394,293 $278,135 $297,832 N $1,216,108 $254,270 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,309,034 $1,304,691 $136,514 $271,564 Y $896,699 $355,556 $0 $149,072 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $1,117,974 $1,093,111 $190,453 $329,846 Y $796,659 $274,661 $557 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    In These Times

    CHICAGO, IL 60647-4002