John Judis

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John Judis

John B. Judis is a senior editor of New Republic, where he has worked since 1984. He is also visiting scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace[1].


John Judis has a B.A., M.A., University of California at Berkeley.

NAM member

In 1974 John Judis was a member of the Berkeley New American Movement.[2]

In 1975 John Judis, Bay area New American Movement, wrote an article in the NAM Discussion Bulletin No 9, March 1975, entitled "Present Prospects for Socialism)".[3]

In February 1976, New American Movement Discussion Bulletin issue number 13, carried an article, Electoral Politics, John Judis (East Bay NAM).

New American Movement leadership

Attendees at the Expanded National Interim Committee of the New American Movement January 2-4, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA included;

Roberta Lynch, Anne Farrar, Judy MacLean, Alan Charney, Steve Carlip, Holly Graff, Richard Healey, Mark Mericle, Carollee Sandberg, John Ehrenreich, Bill Leumer, Elayne Rapping

RIC representatives -Ellen Sugg (Port City Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Mel Tanzman (Brooklyn Chapter, Northeast Region), Joni Rabinowitz (Pittsburgh Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Noel Ignatin (Sojourner Truth Chapter, Midwest Region), Rick Kunnes (Ann Arbor Chapter Industrial Heartland Region), Dorothy Healey ( L.A. #4, Southwest Region), John Judis (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Lee Holstein (Haymarket Chapter, Midwest Region), Laura Burns (Radcliffe/Harvard Chapter, Northeast Region), Dan Marschall (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Glenn Scott (Austin Chapter, Southern Region), Alice Allgaier (St. Louis Chapter, Midwest Region), Dave McBride (Austin, Southern Region), Mark Cohen (Southern Region, Hal Adams ( Iowa City, Midwest Region);

Staff - Dave Ranney[4]

New American Movement Speakers Bureau

In the 1980s John Judis was a speaker on the The Crisis of Capitalism section of the NAM Speakers Bureau on the subject of The Roles of the State in Advanced Capitalism.[5]

Leaving NAM

In the early 1970s, I was a founding member of the New American Movement, a socialist group that later merged with another (the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee) to create what is still the Democratic Socialists of America. Earlier, I had been a member of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), but after the organization went berserk in the summer of 1969 and opted for “bringing the war home” through terrorist activity, I had dropped out. In 1971, a bunch of us had come together to found NAM as a way of preserving what was sane and democratic in the earlier SDS.
Five years later, I was finished with NAM, too, and gave up on socialist organizing.[6]

Socialist Revolution Magazine

John Judis and Eli Zaretsky were editors of the Socialist Revolution magazine in the 1980s.[7]

East Bay Voice

Judis was an editor of the East Bay Voice magazine in the 1980s.[8]

DSA national Board meeting

In January 1987 John Judis attended a National Board meeting of Democratic Socialists of America in Washington DC.[9]

Institute for Policy Studies

In 1993 Judis was listed as a among "former Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars and current TransNational Institute Fellows" on the Institute for Policy Studies 30th Anniversary brochure.


John Judis wrote The Folly of Empire: What George W. Bush Could Learn from Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Judis' articles have appeared in The American Prospect,New York TimesMagazine, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Washington Monthly, American Enterprise, Mother Jones, and Dissent. He has written five books, including The Emerging Democratic Majority (with Ruy Teixeira), The Parodox of American Democracy, and William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives.

Selected Publications: The Emerging Democratic Majority, The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust; William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives; Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century[10].


John Judis, of The New Republic, The American Prospect, was an identified member of JournoList - an email group of approximately 400 "progressive" and socialist journalists, academics and "new media" activists.

JournoList members reportedly coordinated their messages in favor of Barack Obama and the Democrats, and against Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. JournoList was founded in 2007 and was closed down in early 2010.[11]


  2. NAM Discussion bulletin, no. 6, March /April 1974, page 3
  3. NAM Discussion Bulletin No 9, March 1975
  4. Minutes of the Meeting of the Expanded National Interim Committee, January 2-4, 1976 Pittsburgh, PA
  5. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  6. [1]
  7. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  8. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  9. Democratic Left, March/April 1987, page 14
  11. Free Republic: JournoList: 151 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations), July 30, 2010 (accessed August 2, 2010)