We launch Modern Protagonists as working professionals who are active with other careers and business pursuits, rather than career journalists. Despite an ongoing commitment to our day jobs, we see a glaring need for a new voice for thoughtful citizens who disdain the vitriol, blind partisanship and bitter trolling in social media and the media at large. Our mission is to foster elevated, honest commentary that sparks curiosity, critical thinking and civil dialogue. Our target audience includes decision makers and action takers. Our editorial policy will require authors and contributors to engage their topics and audiences in spirit of goodwill, intellectual honesty and good humor.
At a time when political opponents try to shout each other down, intimidate and denormalize each other, and even resort to political violence, we want to normalize civil discussions. Like William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line” from a generation ago, we want to foster informed, cordial debate. No name calling. No trolling.
Free speech is under attack in this country. While we are seeing a rise in hate speech, trolling and a general lack of decency on social media, we believe the best remedy for bad speech is more speech. As our grandmothers might have said, daylight is the best disinfectant.
Our goal is not to meet in the middle, whatever that is. Instead, we want to construct a marketplace of ideas. We plan to publish companion pieces from authors of differing views. By doing so, we will allow authors to make their case for their ideas, but let readers form their own opinions.
We will discus politics and policies, because politics is inescapable in the modern age. While we have our own firmly held beliefs, we are not beholden to any political party or devotees of any personality. This is a forum of ideas, solutions and independent thinking.