A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good, The Progressive stands against militarism and the concentration of power in corporate hands, and champions the empowerment of the citizenry, peace, social and economic justice, civil liberties, human rights, a preserved environment, and a reinvigorated democracy. Its bedrock values are nonviolence and freedom of speech. The Progressive presents voices of dissent and voices that are under-represented in the mainstream with a goal of championing grassroots progressive politics. Featured columnists currently include Jim Hightower, Dave Zirin, Will Durst, and Kate Clinton.
The Progressive has a storied history. On January 9, 1909, Senator Robert M. La Follette Sr. of Wisconsin founded La Follette’s Weekly to be “a magazine of progress, social, intellectual, institutional.” The goal, he wrote, was “winning back for the people the complete power over government —national, state, and municipal—which has been lost to them.” He attacked private greed in the form of corporate monopolies that hoarded power. He championed the public interest, campaigning for social and economic justice. And he urged the United States not to entangle itself in foreign wars.
In 1929, La Follette’s Weekly changed its name to The Progressive, but the views of the magazine have remained remarkably consistent over the years.