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Persuasion is 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.

Our magazine seeks to energize defenders of a free society by rejuvenating the values of philosophical liberalism. In our pages, you will find:

  • A philosophically liberal perspective on the most urgent debates of the moment, from racism to populism.

  • Famous authors and fresh voices arguing about how to build a free society and defeat illiberalism in all its guises.

  • Ideas for policies and strategies that can put these ideals into practice.


Here’s a sample of what we’ve published recently:

In A Taxonomy of Fear, Emily Yoffe dissects today’s environment of “personal timorousness and collective mercilessness,” and the self-censorship that often results.

In A Better Antiracism, Coleman Hughes argues we should transcend racial boundaries, rather than reinforce them in the name of progress.

In Why I’m Losing Trust in the Institutions, Persuasion founder Yascha Mounk challenges a proposed CDC vaccination program that would have increased mortality in the name of social justice.

In Racism & Enlightenment, Ian Buruma writes on the universal lessons of earlier thinkers.

In The Other Navalnys, Andrew Stroehlein highlights the struggles and courage of four lesser-known human rights activists around the world.

In The Simpleton Manifesto, Nathaniel Rachman describes how simplism—the belief that “the slogan is the platform”—loosens our grip on political reality.

In Lessons of a Black Pioneer, Christina Hoff Sommers tells the story of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, whose remarkable forgiveness of segregationist George Wallace rejected the politics of contempt.

In Trump’s Firehose of Falsehood, Jonathan Rauch examines the information warfare tactics at the heart of Trumpist discourse.

And, across our pages and in our podcast, we highlight the global threats to a free society from illiberalism in places like Poland, Hong Kong, and Russia, among others.


Persuasion magazine is a publication of Persuasion Institute. To learn more about the community we are building at Persuasion, have a look at our About page.