What stories from Commonweal are on the site?

Every story from the print magazine over the past four years, as well as stories published exclusively online.

A complete archive of everything Commonweal has published since 1924 is also available. Searching this complete archive is free, but reading stories requires a separate registration and payment.


Is registering for Commonweal’s site free of charge?

Yes, if all you want to do is receive our e-mail newsletters and read the five free stories that nonsubscribing users can access free each calendar month. However, if you want to read more than that number of articles, you will need to be a paid subscriber to either the print or online editions of Commonweal. Online-only subscriptions are available for as little as $9.97 for six months of access.

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I am a print subscriber to Commonweal. How do I get free access to the entire site?

If you’re already registered, simply go to the “Sign In” link at the top of any page and log into the site. Then edit your subscriber record. You will be asked for the account number for your print subscription — an eight-digit number that can be found on the mailing label of any issue. Once you have provided your account number, you will have full online access to Commonweal for as long as you have a subscription.

If you are a print subscriber to Commonweal and have never registered with the website, simply click on the “Sign In” link near the top of any page, then click on “Create new account.” During the brief registration process you will be asked to provide the account number for your print subscription to the magazine — an eight-digit number that can be found on the mailing label of any issue.


What if I forget my UserID or password?

Your UserID should be the e-mail address you gave us when you registered on the site. If you have forgotten your password, you can request an e-mail message that will enable you to re-set it. You will see this option when you try to log in to the site. Please note that these e-mail messages sometimes are blocked by spam filters, so if you don’t receive your message, check your spam filter. If you need further assistance, contact us at


What happens to my e-mail address? Will it be shared with anyone?

Commonweal does not share e-mail addresses with any third party. See our Privacy Policy (below).

As noted in the question above, we do allow registered users the ability to contact one another without e-mail addresses being shared. You are signed up for this capability when you register. If you don’t want other registered users contacting you under any circumstances, you can uncheck this permission in your My Account section.


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Commonweal Online Privacy Policy

Commonweal’s privacy policy is simple: We do not share any e-mail addresses that we may collect on this site with any third party under any circumstances. If you provide us with your e-mail address, we may use it to contact you now and then with special news or offers related to the magazine. If at any time you wish to stop receiving e-mail from Commonweal, simply respond to the “unsubscribe” message at the bottom of any e-mail you receive from us, or contact us at

From time to time, Commonweal does rent or exchange its print subscription lists with reputable organizations, although this never involves e-mail addresses. Print subscribers may request that their name not be shared with any third party in this way. Contact us at