Max Elbaum

Max Elbaum has worked with War Times since its founding.

He has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (known as SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. Through the 1970s and 1980s he participated in campaigns defending affirmative action and opposing U.S. military interventions in the Third World while writing extensively for the radical press and taking part in then-widespread efforts to construct a new US revolutionary political party.

In the 1990s, he was the editor of CrossRoads, a magazine featuring dialogue and debate among socialists and radicals from different left political traditions. Max is the author of "Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che" (Verso, 2002). He has also written for The Nation, Radical History Review, the Guardian, and the Encyclopedia of the American Left.


July 9, 2014

"In Gaza last night, while Israeli army forces launched military attacks by sea, air and via artillery shells, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children were unable to sleep inside their roof-tinned homes, clinging to their parents, crying, and terrified. The shelling last night was earth shattering, and went through the entirety of the Gaza strip - at least 100 attacks have already taken place. In Gaza, we do not have bomb shelters to escape and hide."  — Dr.

January 10, 2014

According to the latest count from MoveOn, pro-war senators are just eight co-sponsors shy of having enough votes to override a promised presidential veto of their dangerous new Iran sanctions legislation. If that bill becomes law – perhaps even if it passes Congress without enough votes to over-ride a veto – it will torpedo the delicate negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.

April 16, 2013

To My Dear Peace Movement Comrades, 

(letter from WT co-founder & marathon runner Max Elbaum)

Though using the gender-biased terminology of 1624, John Donne's Meditation 17 seems to me as if it could have been written in the first hour after Monday's carnage in Boston:

November 18, 2011

Our spirits buoyed by #Occupy and the rising of the 99%, War Times is redoubling our efforts against wars and militarism. (For the latest on #Occupy including the Nov.

October 18, 2011
Max with son James at Cape Cod Marathon.
September 21, 2011

October 16, 2010

As antiwar and progressive activists take stock at the end of a dismal month, two speeches by leaders of U.S. social movements offer valuable food for thought. It is more than worth an evening's time to read and ponder the remarks of AFL-CIO head Rich Trumka at the National Press Club January 10, and the "Beyond Vietnam" address given by Dr. Martin Luther King during an earlier time of war and nationwide polarization.

September 15, 2010


by Max Elbaum

September 5, 2010


by Max Elbaum

“Change happens slowly,” Tom Hayden wrote a few months ago, “except when it happens fast.” That‟s an important insight to keep in mind when looking at the wars and occupations that afflict the Middle East right now.

September 5, 2010


by Max Elbaum and Rebecca Gordon