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.


September 5, 2010


by Max Elbaum

I’ve been the main author of War Times “Month in Review” column since its launch five-plus years ago. This will now change. Starting next month, a talented group of nearly a dozen younger writer/organizers will take over authorship, writing in rotation. They will also write, and War Times will publish, additional analytic and/or feature pieces each month. I will transition to the role of mentor-editor.

September 5, 2010


by Max Elbaum

“First the execution, then the trial.”
“Stop them if they look illegal – round 'em up and deport 'em.”
“Lock 'em up and throw away the key.”

Excerpts from an unused script for the just concluded TV show “24”? Lines from a B-grade Western where cowboys in white hats triumph over Indians and Mexicans?