What is Persuasion?

Persuasion is a publication and community for everyone who shares three basic convictions:

  • We seek to build a free society in which all individuals get to pursue a meaningful life irrespective of who they are.

  • We believe in the importance of the social practice of persuasion, and are determined to defend free speech and free inquiry against all its enemies.

  • We seek to persuade, rather than to mock or troll, those who disagree with us.

In the past years, the political and intellectual energy has been with illiberal movements. Too often, the advocates of free speech and free institutions have been passive, even fatalistic. It is high time for those who believe in these enduring ideals to stand up for our convictions.

What will Persuasion Do?

Persuasion is a platform for publishing interesting ideas. It is a convener of pressing debates. Most importantly, it is the nucleus for a community that seeks to shake the defenders of the free society out of their complacency.

To begin with, Persuasion will feature:

  • An online magazine on the threats to the free society—and reflections on how to fight back—with contributions from authors you already love and others you are yet to discover.

  • A bimonthly podcast in which leading thinkers discuss the most urgent questions of the day without chasing yesterday’s headlines.

  • Live events in which speakers who share a commitment to the values of a free society passionately debate what policies and practices can best realize them.

  • Book clubs in which well-known authors lead discussions of their favorite works.

  • A weekly Happy Hour at which community members can speak openly, debate freely, and draw inspiration from one another.

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Why subscribe?

By subscribing to Persuasion, you will never have to worry about missing a thing: every new article will go directly to your inbox.

If you sign up as a paying subscriber, you also get access to:

  • Paywalled articles.

  • Extra episodes of the podcast.

  • Live events.

  • Book clubs. (For subscribers at the Founding Member level only.)

(In a few months, we may split the newsletter into separate categories but if you sign up now, you’ll be subscribed to all of them.)

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Who’s involved?

We have assembled some of the most insightful, principled, and stylish thinkers from across the ideological spectrum and from around the world: Our community includes Thomas Chatterton-Williams and Garry Kasparov, David French and Emily Yoffe, Elif Shafak and Francis Fukuyama.

Here’s a full list of our Board of Advisors and the editorial team.

Pitch Us!

We’re always on the lookout for new perspectives and interesting pieces, whether from established authors or first-time writers. If you have an idea for a thought-provoking article that contributes to our goal of promoting a philosophically liberal approach to the big debates of the moment, do send us your idea at pitches@persuasion.community!

The best way to see whether your idea would fit well in Persuasion’s pages is to read other pieces we’ve published.

Though we will consider full-length drafts in exceptional circumstances, we strongly prefer a short pitch. Good pitches should:

  • Add to the conversation: Be smart, interesting, and original.

  • Be short. About three concise paragraphs is usually right. 

  • Give a feel of the piece you want to write. The pitch should model the style of the proposed article, not promise what you’ll do (“I will argue that…”).