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Areo Magazine
An opinion and analysis digital magazine focused on current affairs
The conversations that will shape our tomorrow
An opinion and analysis digital magazine focused on current affairs
The conversations that will shape our tomorrow
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Areo is an opinion and analysis digital magazine focused on current affairs — in particular: humanism, reason, science, politics, culture and human rights.

Areo, named after Milton’s speech in defence of freedom of speech, Areopagitica, publishes thoughtful essays from a variety of perspectives compatible with broadly liberal and humanist values. It places particular priority on evidence and reason-centered pieces. Our contributors are intellectually, professionally and ideologically diverse and include liberals, conservatives, socialists, libertarians, atheists and religious believers. As much as possible, Areo aims to avoid polarizing tribalistic stances and prioritizes intellectual balance, charity, honesty and rigor.

We believe in the unfettered freedom to explore, think, and challenge ideas and concepts, and we’re intent on taking part in the conversations that will shape our tomorrow.

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Editor of Areo Magazine | critic of postmodernism excesses
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Helen is the editor of the online Areo Magazine

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Helen Pluckrose is an exile from the humanities with research interests in late medieval/early modern religious writing by and about women.  She is editor-in-chief of Areo. Helen took part in the “grievance studies” probe and her book with James Lindsay, Cynical Theories, looks at the evolution of postmodern thought in scholarship and activism.

Write to Helen at: https://letter.wiki/HELENPLUCKROSE/conversations

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A Deal with the Devil: Why the West Should Have Allied with Lukashenko
Published on: 26 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Tomislav Kardum

Never Kevins and the Assault on Democracy
Published on: 25 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Sukhayl Niyazov

Liberalism and Our Sexual Rights and Freedoms
Published on: 20 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rio Veradonir

Romanticising Shamima Begum
Published on: 19 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Khadija Khan

The Great Reboot: In Memoriam Mark Fisher
Published on: 18 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Ewan Morrison

The Disappointments of Liberalism: Luke Savage’s “The Dead Center”
Published on: 17 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Matt McManus

Demonising Whitey: Anti-Whiteness on the Left
Published on: 13 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Damian Emba

Dall∙E and the Creation of Art
Published on: 12 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Stewart Slater

Unidentified Fascist Objects: Flying Saucers, Holocaust Deniers and Nazi UFOs
Published on: 11 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Steven Tucker

Antisemitism: A Paranoid Delusion
Published on: 10 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Sonny Loughran

The Angry Activist
Published on: 6 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Damian Emba

Unusual Bodies: A Conversation with Alice Dreger
Published on: 5 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Alice Dreger

Carnivals Come Cheap: Eco-Activists and the Attacks on Art
Published on: 4 Jan 23 in Areo Magazine – Website by Ewan Morrison

The More the Merrier: A Christmas Tale
Published on: 23 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rio Veradonir

Nowt as Queer as Folk: A Conversation with Rio Veradonir
Published on: 22 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rio Veradonir

Thank You for Offending Us: In Praise of Satirists
Published on: 21 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Iona Italia

Labels: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
Published on: 20 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Kai Whiting

The Identifier Problem
Published on: 16 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rio Veradonir

Diversity Doubletalk
Published on: 15 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Alex Small

When Fiction Is Truer Than Fact: Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo Journalism
Published on: 14 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by David Wills

The Optimistic Nihilists
Published on: 13 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Ewan Morrison

Maricón: What’s In a Name?
Published on: 9 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Damian Emba

Spamming Us from Space: SETI, Flying Saucers and the Galactic Internet
Published on: 8 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Steven Tucker

The Ethics of Espionage
Published on: 7 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Andy Owen

Iran’s Feminist Revolution
Published on: 6 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Armin Navabi

Cardi B and our Censorious Culture
Published on: 2 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Lorien Hunter

The Innovations of Jane Austen: A Conversation with John Mullan
Published on: 1 Dec 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by John Mullan

Whataboutism and Great Power Diplomacy
Published on: 30 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Harry Sargent

Homo Mobilis
Published on: 29 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Stewart Slater

Art and the Search for Immortality
Published on: 28 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Angel Eduardo

Labour Laws, Legal Loopholes and the Exploitation of Strippers
Published on: 25 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Reese Piper

Altered Carbon: An Interview with Author Richard Morgan
Published on: 24 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Richard K. Morgan

The Centre Cannot Hold: The Death Throes of the Russian Federation
Published on: 23 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Victoria Portnaya

Something Worse than Liberal Hegemony
Published on: 22 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Matt Johnson

The New Normal
Published on: 18 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Talia Squires

Against the Sexual Revolution: An Interview with Louise Perry
Published on: 17 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Louise Perry

Why Germany is Bracing for a Cold Winter
Published on: 16 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Leon Holly

From Natural Selection to Machine Selection: Human Evolution in the Age of AI
Published on: 15 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rob Brooks

Gender Policing on the Left
Published on: 11 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Kaylee Walker

The Curious Leaderlessness of Modern Movements
Published on: 10 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Arunabh Satpathy

In Defence of Internationalism
Published on: 9 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Ralph Leonard

The Pernicious Folly of Pursuing Zero Covid
Published on: 8 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Amesh Adalja

Queer: A New Narrative
Published on: 4 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Rio Veradonir

Infinite Rationality: An Interview with Brett Hall
Published on: 3 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Brett Hall

Funding Pollution: Big Ag and the Dutch Farmers’ Protests
Published on: 2 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Nick Ottens

Criminal Kleptocrats and the Looting of Africa
Published on: 1 Nov 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Gisa Tunbridge

Who’s Black and Why? An Interview with Andrew Curran
Published on: 27 Oct 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Iona Italia

Rainbows and Hypocrisies: LGBT Activism in Football
Published on: 26 Oct 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Khadija Khan

Abortion and the Legitimacy of the US Supreme Court
Published on: 25 Oct 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Ryan C. Mullally

Nathan Robinson’s Response to the Right
Published on: 4 Oct 22 in Areo Magazine – Website by Matt McManus

In launching its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s original plan was to seize Kyiv, decapitate the Ukrainian leadership and install a puppet government. That plan would have been impossible without… …Read more
The American political system has recently weathered yet another storm. Since the 2022 midterm elections gave Republicans only a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, infighting within the Grand… …Read more
In an increasingly global knowledge economy, the middle and working classes of developed countries are feeling the pinch. This economic stress has inspired a resurgence of extremist political movements. Once… …Read more
We Brits have entered the New Year faced by a barrage of unsolved problems from the past. Among them is the case of ISIS bride Shamima Begum, who left Britain… …Read more
“We remain trapped in the twentieth century,” claimed theorist Mark Fisher. “The future has disappeared.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Fisher’s suicide, at the age of… …Read more
A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.—Robert Frost Liberals have long prided themselves on their pragmatism and moderation. While radical movements on… …Read more
In a recent essay published in this magazine, I wrote about a phenomenon I call “angry activism.” I explained how the desire to be right and “win” against “the other… …Read more
My early years at high school were marked by a protracted disagreement with my art teacher. Given the evidence of several years of atrocious drawings, I had concluded that I… …Read more
The idea that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party secretly constructed flying saucers during the Second World War, either with extra-terrestrial aid or via their own innate Teutonic technological genius,… …Read more
Kanye West recently declared that he was “going death con 3 on Jewish people” and claimed to love Hitler in a maniacal rant that seemed to take even shock jock… …Read more
I used to be what I now describe as an angry activist. Like many young adults, I was thirsty for social change. I used the rage I felt toward current… …Read more
In this episode of our Two for Tea podcast, editor-in-chief Iona Italia talks to researcher, journalist, historian of science and novelist Alice Dreger—one of the most fascinating polymaths among the current… …Read more
I am deeply concerned about the climate change issue. I come from a family background of protest, but over the decades I’ve learned which forms of protest are effective and… …Read more
Christmas is my favorite holiday by far. It’s more than a mere holiday or celebration. It’s about life, love, family, generosity, and—yes (I don’t care if it sounds cheesy) peace… …Read more
In this episode of our Two for Tea podcast, our editor-in-chief Iona Italia talks to Rio Veradonir about the challenges of celebrating sexual diversity and standing up for the rights… …Read more
Yes, I am proud; I must be proud to see Men not afraid of God, afraid of me.—Alexander Pope, 1738 To function in society, we rely on our ability to… …Read more
Few things are as multifaceted or complex as personal identity. Yet, numerous social media posts and newspaper articles seem to suggest that we can somehow capture our unique individuality in… …Read more
When I sat down to write my first piece for Queer Majority, I knew it would be difficult. I wanted to grow the queer movement by making it more welcoming,… …Read more
Almost every academic claims to value racial diversity, but few are willing to openly advocate preferring one colleague or student over another on the basis of race alone. We acknowledge… …Read more
Just over fifty years ago, in 1971, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was published and instantly became a countercultural classic. However, people have always struggled to… …Read more
Life is utterly meaningless, but this is a great opportunity to have fun creating our own meanings—that’s the latest postmodern self-help mantra. The trend known as optimistic nihilism is a… …Read more
When I moved to the United States as a teenager, I couldn’t speak much English. I struggled to have basic conversations, even though I had studied the language for years… …Read more
In August 2022, astrophysicist Avi Loeb—now more famous as an aspiring alien-hunter than as a highly accomplished space scientist—suggested that an interstellar object that exploded above the Pacific Ocean in… …Read more
As the war in Ukraine continues, the pressure on western, Ukrainian and Russian spies to gain intelligence that will give one side a battlefield advantage is intense. At the same… …Read more
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“In condemning Lukashenko, the western nations have achieved nothing: they neither provided the democratic opposition with the material support they would have needed to topple the regime, nor did they endorse Lukashenko’s policy of soft Belarusianisation. As a result, Belarus remains both an autocracy and ‘more state than nation,'” argues Tomislav Kardum for Areo. In launching its full-scale invasion of …Read more
Cardi B used to be my dirty little secret. I first heard about her in graduate school, and she immediately captured my interest. Not only did I feel a connection…View Post …Read more
“In the new digital public square,, determined minorities have disproportionate power over party agendas,” argues Sukhayl Niyazov for Areo. The American political system has recently weathered yet another storm. Since the 2022 midterm elections gave Republicans only a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, infighting within the Grand…View Post …Read more
“Begum’s case should have been treated like those of male ISIS fighters and sympathisers, who have been seen as criminals for committing heinous crimes under the auspices of the Islamic death cult,” writes Khadija Khan. We Brits have entered the New Year faced by a barrage of unsolved problems from the past. Among them is the case of ISIS bride …Read more
When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it’s been deleted. …Read more
“Fisher’s great insight was that, in our capitalist societies, as technology advances, our culture deteriorates and we increasingly lose our sense of time and progress, becoming amnesiac consumers stuck in an endlessly recycled and rebooted past,” writes Ewan Morrison. “We remain trapped in the twentieth century,” claimed theorist Mark Fisher. “The future has disappeared.” It’s hard to believe that it’s …Read more
In a recent essay published in this magazine, I wrote about a phenomenon I call “angry activism.” I explained how the desire to be right and “win” against “the other…View Post …Read more
Christmas is my favorite holiday by far. It’s more than a mere holiday or celebration. It’s about life, love, family, generosity, and—yes (I don’t care if it sounds cheesy) peace…View Post …Read more
“Liberalism wasn’t always part of the very air we breathe. It took centuries of efforts by radicals and republicans to bring about the liberal revolutions—and revolutions they were—that entrenched the view that all men are created equal into culture and law,” argues Matt McManus. A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.—Robert Frost …Read more
In a recent essay published in this magazine, I wrote about a phenomenon I call “angry activism.” I explained how the desire to be right and “win” against “the other…View Post …Read more
When I sat down to write my first piece for Queer Majority, I knew it would be difficult. I wanted to grow the queer movement by making it more welcoming,…View Post …Read more
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.—Ludwig Wittgenstein When early twentieth-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote the above quotation, he was cautioning readers that…View Post …Read more
What makes a man, if not masculinity? What makes a woman, if not femininity? These questions arise out of modern feminist theory, where scholars first drew a distinction between biological…View Post …Read more
Damian Emba writes about the inefficacy of anger as a tool of persuasion in activism. …Read more
When I moved to the United States as a teenager, I couldn’t speak much English. I struggled to have basic conversations, even though I had studied the language for years…View Post …Read more
“Discrimination cannot be ended with more discrimination. Creating an environment in which some people are allowed to express their opinions while others are not, based solely on skin colour (or any other such attribute) is not “social justice.” As long as the practice of applying race-based judgments to justify preferential treatment is allowed to continue, the outcome will result in …Read more
“Like the replicators in Star Trek—machines that can convert energy into any food the user desires—Dall∙E can create a painting to suit your exact tastes,” writes Stewart Slater. My early years at high school were marked by a protracted disagreement with my art teacher. Given the evidence of several years of atrocious drawings, I had concluded that I…View Post …Read more
“Zündel said he would charter an aircraft from South America in which he and ‘a very limited number of people’ could soar southwards over Antarctica, keeping a close look-out for the almost 100-year-old Führer below. The expedition’s total cost would be around $2,000,000 and a $500,000 deposit was needed to make ‘modifications on the special aircraft required.’ This was admittedly …Read more
“Antisemitism differs from more straightforward forms of prejudice because it is obsessed not with the external other, but with the enemy within. Hannah Arendt saw antisemitism as central to the rise of totalitarianism for precisely this reason. It is the creation of a hidden, internal enemy, who is to be held responsible for one’s own suffering, and for the suffering …Read more
“When the focus is on winning, there is no space left for compromise,” writes Damian Emba for Areo in association with Queer Majority. Damian Emba writes about the inefficacy of anger as a tool of persuasion in activism. …Read more
In the latest episode of our Two for Tea podcast, editor-in-chief Iona Italia talks to Alice Dreger about the study of people with abnormal anatomies both in the past and present day and about the writing of her novel, The Index Case, which draws heavily on her experiences as a student of medical history. In this episode of our Two …Read more
“if you act like a brand, you will meet the same fate as other brands do—your issue will go out of fashion. You will have simply become part of the system of the spectacle, which reduces every event to a mere appearance in a fleeting procession of screen images. And it is the multinational corporate society of the spectacle that …Read more
“I fear our polarised political environment is tearing too many families apart who could otherwise reconcile. If Christmas did nothing other than provide that chance, that alone would grant it a special status that goes far beyond a mere holiday or celebration,” writes Rio Veradonir for Areo in collaboration with Queer Majority. Christmas is my favorite holiday by far. It’s …Read more
In 2022, we reached over three quarters of a million readers and have been praised for the quality of content by luminaries like Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker and Jonathan Haidt. We do all this without major funding of any kind: we are funded by YOU, our readers. To help us continue to flourish in this coming year, please consider setting …Read more
RT @QueerMajority: Without liberalism, LGBT rights would not exist. And without liberalism, they have no future. | @RVeradonir, @AreoMagazine https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/20/liberalism-and-our-sexual-rights-and-freedoms/ …Read more
RT @StrangelEdweird: For those interested, I discuss this idea of immortality and why I’d absolutely take it, and why art is the closest thing to it, for @AreoMagazine: https://areomagazine.com/2022/11/28/art-and-the-search-for-immortality/ …Read more
RT @martinmcbennnet: The Great Reboot: In Memoriam Mark Fisher https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ via @areomagazine …Read more
RT @martinmcbennnet: “Nostalgic repetition of the familiar forms of the last century is inevitable, Fisher warned, when we can no longer picture a different future.” https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ via @areomagazine …Read more
RT @martinmcbennnet: “The pandemic of mental anguish that afflicts our time cannot be properly understood or healed,” he writes, “if viewed as a private problem suffered by damaged individuals.” Cc @DrGaborMate https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ via @areomagazine …Read more
RT @IonaItalia: I am happy to report that @AreoMagazine does not follow AP style. https://twitter.com/APStylebook/status/1618658301750689792 …Read more
RT @IonaItalia: “In an era of increasing illiberalism, it isn’t enough for us to just appeal to reason and fundamental rights. We must show that a victory of the LGBT community is also a victory for love and freedom,” writes @MattPolProf for @QueerMajority. https://www.queermajority.com/essays-all/hearts-minds-and-the-power-of-emotion …Read more
“it is so vital for everyone — LGBT or not — to celebrate both our individuality and common humanity; to understand that we all thrive when people are free to express their true selves,” writes @MattPolProf for @QueerMajority. https://www.queermajority.com/essays-all/hearts-minds-and-the-power-of-emotion …Read more
RT @AreoMagazine: “In condemning Lukashenko, the western nations have achieved nothing,” argues @KardumTomislav for Areo. https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/26/a-deal-with-the-devil-why-the-west-should-have-allied-with-lukashenko/ …Read more
RT @patty_clouds: “We need people like Fisher who have the courage to face the worst and to search for a path out of the labyrinth” Thank you for this lucid analysis!👏☀️ https://twitter.com/mrewanmorrison/status/1615766135210901504 …Read more
RT @lightchronicler: To AI or not to AI? “in our capitalist societies, as technology advances, our culture deteriorates and we increasingly lose our sense of time and progress, becoming amnesiac consumers stuck in an endlessly recycled and rebooted past.” https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ via @areomagazine …Read more
RT @verdur_in: Fisher aside, this is interesting for the nauseating list of forthcoming films which are all hi-def remakes or sequels to 20th century titles. If AI starts making remediation easier at large scale, we will never see a new idea again. https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ …Read more
RT @pataphysician: A thoughtful piece about cultural atrophy and life in “frenzied stasis.” https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ …Read more
RT @leamingtonbooks: Nice wee Saturday reading on the dearly missed & ever-fascinating, Mark Fisher, his work and life, by our friend @MrEwanMorrison https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ …Read more
RT @MrEwanMorrison: Hey folks if you enjoy my articles on #AreoMagazine – then why not subscribe to receive advance notices & updates? There are a hosts of thought provoking articles every week by big thinkers & writers. Click here & subscribe on the side of the page: https://areomagazine.com/about/ …Read more
RT @overlandertheb1: This chimed with a few recent thoughts. It certainly does feel like all the artists I know are essentially working in caves on remote islands, never to be seen outside their tribe. Also some grisly thoughts on UBI for @jonburkeUK…. https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ …Read more
RT @GallopingSkirt: PLEASE read this great piece. There is SO MUCH to ponder. “The trend of rebooting began a decade ago, but has been gathering momentum since monopolistic corporate mergers reduced the media landscape to six media conglomerates, which own 90% of all content.” https://twitter.com/mrewanmorrison/status/1615776490058125314 …Read more
RT @FisterRoboto_: https://twitter.com/mrewanmorrison/status/1615776490058125314 …Read more
RT @hinshelwood: “The twenty-first century is twentieth-century culture on high-definition screens.” https://twitter.com/MrEwanMorrison/status/1615776490058125314 …Read more
RT @LucySussex: “All we can be is custodians of a lost future.” Similar sentiment, by someone I will have to look up https://twitter.com/MrEwanMorrison/status/1615776490058125314 …Read more
“A minority faction is now poised to wield disproportionate influence over the country’s legislative affairs,” reports @Sukhayl_Niyazov for Areo. https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/25/never-kevins-and-the-assault-on-democracy/ …Read more
RT @IonaItalia: “Americans are becoming increasingly dependent on the arbitrary decisions of fallible individuals, unconstrained by institutional checks and balances,” argues @Sukhayl_Niyazov for @AreoMagazine. https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/25/never-kevins-and-the-assault-on-democracy/ …Read more
RT @Sukhayl_Niyazov: Following an unjustifiably long break, I wrote a new article for @AreoMagazine on what McCarthy’s arduous path to speakership tells us about US institutions, and why classical republican virtue is so important for America’s “liberal republic.” https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/25/never-kevins-and-the-assault-on-democracy/ …Read more
RT @AVarignana: The Great Reboot: In Memoriam #MarkFisher https://areomagazine.com/2023/01/18/the-great-reboot-in-memoriam-mark-fisher/ via @areomagazine …Read more

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