If this is the first time you’re visiting Of Politics and Men, welcome aboard. You may be wondering where to start. There’s a lot of content here, and you certainly don’t have to read it all at once. In fact, we encourage you to read slowly. Take your time. Think critically. Challenge yourself. Avoid the safe and comfortable. Here’s the order we suggest for starters.
Step One: Read Our Featured Articles
There are hundreds of articles posted on Of Politics and Men covering a wide range of topics, including: Energy and Environment, Fiscal Policy, Law and Justice, National Security and Foreign Policy, Politics and Elections, Science and Technology, Social Policy, and U.S. Government. You can find each and every article published by Of Politics and Men since our founding in The Archives. Below you’ll find our three most recent articles to get your cylinders firing:
Step Two: Join Us & Subscribe
Like what you’ve read? Subscribe to Of Politics and Men via e-mail to receive our newsletter, which we call The Newsvine, delivered right to your inbox when new content is available. We publish three articles per week (more information provided below): The Weekly Column on Tuesday; The Two Minute Drill on Friday; and The Five on Sunday. Of Politics and Men exists to add value to your life, so subscribe if you find value here. Unsubscribe anytime.
Step Three: Interact & Spread the Word
Voice your opinion by commenting on articles. Our articles are just the beginning of the conversation. Join us and move the conversation forward. Have questions? Contact Of Politics and Men via our contact page. And, most importantly, make sure to tell your family, friends, and coworkers about Of Politics and Men and connect with us via your preferred social network.
Our Mission: Promote Critical Thinking and Reason in Politics
To achieve this goal, we strive to provide our readers with original, high-quality, in-depth and well-researched analytical essays concerning American politics covering a wide range of issues, from local politics to national stories and international affairs.
Unlike most traditional media outlets, Of Politics and Men is not constrained by character or word limits. While we strive to be clear and concise, our overriding concern is that we are consistently providing our readers with high-quality analysis, a fact that sometimes necessitates lengthier posts. As such, the articles contained on this site vary in length – some articles are lengthy and extensive, while others are narrower and focused.
At the beginning of this journey, we published articles whenever we felt like it. But over time, this model made it difficult to maintain publishing frequency. Now we publish three articles per week. When you subscribe to The Newsvine, you’ll only get an email when a new article is published. We’ll never send you spam. Here is what you can look forward to:
THE WEEKLY COLUMN
The Weekly Column is Of Politics and Men‘s regular syndication. The articles in The Weekly Column cover the breadth of topics covered elsewhere on Of Politics and Men: Energy and Environment; Fiscal Policy; Law and Justice; National Security and Foreign Policy; Politics and Elections; Science and Technology; Social Policy; and U.S. Government. Browse the articles from The Weekly Column in the Archives.
The articles comprising The Weekly Column vary in length (individual articles are typically between 750 and 1,200 words). While we strive to be clear and concise, our overriding concern is that we are consistently providing our readers with high-quality analysis, a fact that sometimes necessitates lengthier posts.
The Weekly Column is published every Tuesday and will be delivered to your email inbox between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET.
THE TWO MINUTE DRILL
The Two Minute Drill, like The Weekly Column, is a weekly publication from Of Politics and Men. Sometimes you just don’t have the time to read a long-form article. The Two Minute Drill is a recognition of that fact, delivering you hard hitting political analysis in bite-sized format.
In the Two Minute Drill, we explain complex issues in politics in 500 words or less (roughly the amount of words it takes the average adult two minutes to read on a monitor). Politics just isn’t always that complicated. Without the fluff and partisan bias, even the most complex of our political differences can be explained succinctly.
The Two Minute Drill is published every Friday and will be delivered to your email inbox between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET.
The Five is a weekly roundup (of sorts) of the political landscape in the United States. The Two Five is a compliment to the other weekly publications from Of Politics and Men. But unlike The Weekly Column or The Two Minute Drill, The Five does not contain in-depth political analysis.
Instead, The Five is a quick, entertaining look at the week’s most fascinating news items, from politics to pop culture, from Jerusalem to JLo. The Five includes Good Reads (a list of the five best articles we’ve read all week) and By the Numbers (a weekly digest of the telling numbers inside the news).
The Five is published every Sunday and will be delivered to your email inbox between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. ET.
My name is Vox Vocis. In Latin, “vox vocis” literally means “a voice of a voice.” This, of course, is not my real name. It is a nom de plume – a pseudonym. But all of that doesn’t matter. Of Politics and Men was not created for my benefit. It was created for yours.
I am but One Voice. And as I traverse the American political landscape, I am continuously struck by the toxic combination of forces that have aligned themselves against intellectualism and reason. Fundamentalist ideologues and dumbed-down media, on each modicum of the political spectrum, has nurtured a climate of American Unreason. Of Politics and Men was created to challenge this element of American politics, to confront the most pressing issues of our day, and to promote honesty in politics, reason over superstition, science over faith, and critical thinking and the independent mind over passivity and zealotry. Nothing gets better unless you make it better. Nam et ipsa scientia protestas est: And thus knowledge itself is power.
By reading the articles posted on this website, you will undoubtedly form ideas about where you think I belong on the ideological spectrum. Let me dispel any preconceptions you may have at the outset. First, Winston Churchill was absolutely correct when he proclaimed that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Second, I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat, neither a Conservative or a Liberal. Rather, I eschew rigid ideologies in all forms, and I firmly believe that the Right /Left political divide, originally established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly in 1789, is overly simplistic in today’s political landscape. Third, I am a Skeptic; that is, I believe in continually and vigorously applying the scientific method to all claims. I believe that there are no absolute truths, only provisional truths that can be continually confirmed or refuted through evidence. As such, I believe that we must continually make observations, draw conclusions, make predictions, and check those predictions against further evidence. Fourth, I believe that, as Christopher Hitchens aptly remarked in Letters to a Young Contrarian, “[t]he essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” And that, again Hitchens, “[a]llow a friend to believe in a bogus prospectus or a false promise and you cease, after a short while, to be a friend at all.”
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I am just One Voice. But together we are Many. Join me, and together We can change the world.