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The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources — both digital and material — toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.

What Is the New Inquiry?

As before, always.

It’s a strange time, isn’t it, when the loser wins? And yet here we are: Trump is in the White House, columnists are warming to their new war leader, and editorial boards, surprised that their coverage of Donald Trump fueled his ascent, are cashing in on the confusion they sowed.

The New York Times just added a climate change denier to its opinion pages, New York magazine prints the speculations of a eugenicist on its cover, and the same career pundits that defended the War on Terror as a fight against “Islamofascism” urge us to be moderate as Nazis swagger around the highest office. These are not the thinkers who will disarm either the ethno-nationalists eager to test their assault rifles at the gates of camps or techno-utopian libertarians hoping to welcome the Singularity from their seasteading city-states. If the resistance requires a subscription, it shouldn’t be to the past.

In this moment, as liberalism gasps for air, the very least we can do is cross our arms and refuse to resuscitate. There’s no reason to tolerate the forecasts of those far removed from the realities they’re attempting to describe. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a publication that had always been looking at this future?

New Inquiry subscribers have long been reading about the world we live in. Since 2009, we’ve critiqued the bourgeois press and its failure to reckon with our realities, covering debt, cops, love, and tech before our writers were poached by magazines with bigger budgets. We’re concerned with building a left that doesn’t reproduce what we critique, be that the Democratic party, anti-Blackness, transmisogyny, settler colonialism, or liberal optimism. As such we don’t talk about organizing “the white working class” or “reforming” that which must be abolished [the police, prisons, and the state]. The important thing a magazine can do, we think, is to ask the right questions—it’s right there in our name.

We’ve also been asked good questions from our readers: Why are our page margins so wide? How do I read back issues? What do I get if I’m a subscriber? How can I search the archive? As an ad- and paywall-free, reader-funded independent organization, we haven’t had the money to improve the site since we first started publishing a monthly magazine in 2012.

Until now. Thanks to the backing of our readership, we are proud to present a fresh website, and with it, an easier way to support us and gain access to everything we’ve published. We’re also lowering our barrier for access back to $2 a month.

Just two dollars unlocks all sixty past magazine issues — an invaluable archive of evergreen criticism from the post-crash era. Looking for insight on Modern Monetary Theory? How about food and appetites? Microfame and online resentment? Love and sexuality? The Tinderization of everyday life? Witches and outer space? Our futures? We’ve got you covered. And when any reactionaries ask, you can tell them you cared about surveillance, borders, and drones while Obama was president too.

Ever wonder why Nicholas Kristof thinks hugs cure poverty? Why you can’t trust the dulcet tones of Radiolab? Why Silicon Valley thinks nerds are a race and Peter Thiel is obsessed with blood? Are you also made uneasy by the blondes of empire? Is the current social order making you sick?

We’ve never pretended to live in a world where neutrality was affordable, let alone morally defensible. We don’t believe in “both sides.” We believe in ours and we’re clear about our stakes. We know there’s a time to loot, a time to riot, and a time to deck nazis. While Chait and Brooks admonish students for being bad customers, we insist the customer is always right.

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Neueste Beiträge

Thunderous Graveyard Affirmations

Liaisons, 2. Juli 2020
“We overestimate them, or perhaps have little sense of our own power.” —Jonathan Jackson, November 1969 Dear Liaisons, Once I sit down to write you, I am struck by an instance of the gap that separates language and experience. I want to shout, “It is righteous, the uprising of the (...)

Ambiguity City

Eliza Levinson, 30. Juni 2020
In Berlin, the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are governed by a single administration. The two Kieze (neighborhoods) together are called Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, inventively, and manage within about eight square miles to contain some of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks: the (...)

Bound to Black

Joey DiZoglio, 22. Juni 2020
In 1964, O. L. Ekpechi and A. N. Okoro authored an unassuming one-page letter to the Archives of Dermatology about a neglected adverse drug reaction. The two doctors, writing from London and Lagos respectively, wanted to remind readers that the journal’s recent review article on (...)

Enemies of the People

Rachel Rosenfelt, 19. Juni 2020
“tl;dr: you don’t need or want the people who you know aren’t ‘with you’ to be with you. really, you don’t” —Wendy Trevino, “Revolutionary Letter” All the below and the ruling class they serve: Grifters and Entrepreneurs Petit bourgeois “cultural workers,” “activists,” “creatives,” and (...)

Lonely Letters

Elleza Kelley, 15. Juni 2020
Ashon Crawley’s writing leaps and bends gracefully from mysticism to Kanye West, from quantum mechanics to the antiphony of “do it for the vine.” He is an associate professor of religious studies and African-American and African studies at the University of Virginia and the author of (...)

Redistribution and World Building

K Agbebiyi, 10. Juni 2020
This past spring, emerging solidarities were forged in the anxious atmosphere of a contagious disease outbreak that took many lives and foreclosed many others. In the United States, COVID-19 and the government’s fatal response brought death along the worn paths of racial violence and (...)

A Mask and A Target Cart: Minneapolis Riots

Aren Aizura, 30. Mai 2020
On Tuesday morning, I woke to a flood of texts about “horrible events.” Something had happened outside Cup Foods on 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis. On Monday evening, four police arrested a Black man named George Floyd. Officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck; Floyd told (...)

Final Fantasy

Elena Comay del Junco, 28. Mai 2020
In 2004 the writer Dennis Cooper published The Sluts, a novel that takes place entirely on the pages of an unnamed gay escort website. The novel follows the saga of a young hustler named Brad, whose striking beauty and lurid sexual escapades are recounted and debated by the site’s (...)

Twilight of the Mentors

Anna E. Clark, 19. Mai 2020
Mentors have a dubious lineage. Since the 1980s, when the corporate world co-opted the concept, mentoring — long a synonym for teaching — has come to stand for almost any kind of professional guidance, and especially that which rank-and-file employees provide to one another. As mentoring (...)

Reimagining Networks

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, 12. Mai 2020
Affection suffuses the language of networks. Homophily, the axiom of “love as love of the same,” is the framework underlying what you see in your timelines and search results, what recommendations and ads appear, whether you get access to good rates for health care, whether you get (...)