I am Nathan J. Robinson, founder and editor of the independent leftist magazine Current Affairs, columnist for the Guardian, and author of books like "Why You Should Be A Socialist," "Trump: Anatomy of a Monstrosity," and "Don't Let The Pigeon Que...
Hello all. I am the editor of Current Affairs, a print magazine based in New Orleans, Louisiana. (We also have a highly listenable podcast.) Here is a profile of our work by the Daily Beast. Politico has called us "niche but influential" and Matthew Yglesias of Vox says we are the reason for Joe Biden's unity problem. The Ringer classifies us alongside Chapo Trap House and Jacobin as part of the new wave of leftist media, but we make way less money than they do. (Subscribe!)
We put out a gorgeous print edition that I am very proud of (check out my video review). It looks really good on coffee tables. I do most of the layout design work myself. It features lots of comics, puzzles, and games. I wanted to replicate the feeling of Mad or Nickelodeon magazines but with left politics. We've collected a bunch of these in the Current Affairs Big Book of Amusements. When we started the magazine, Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair told me I would fail. Four years later, we are thriving even as a print magazine in a digital era. Take that, Graydon Carter!
Last year I published a book called Why You Should Be A Socialist, which is intended to convince people skeptical of socialism that we're not a bunch of authoritarian economic illiterates. I also wrote five fictitious reviews of it including one supposedly written by a manatee. (I once hosted the short-lived Manatee Facts Podcast.) Here's a talk I did about the book with Timothy Faust. Here's a debate I had with a libertarian about socialism.
My next project is starting a left enemy to MSNBC, but I am not yet sure we can raise the amount of money necessary. If we could, it would be excellent.
Other facts about me: I am technically a lawyer but my law license has been suspended. I do not have a fake accent, though there has been a lot of misinformation about this. Noam Chomsky has told me that he emails people my article about Jordan Peterson if they ask him to talk about Jordan Peterson, because Chomsky doesn't want to have to bother thinking about him. I do not wear bowties, even though I totally seem like the kind of person who would wear bowties. In 2016 I said that if Bernie Sanders wasn't nominated, Donald Trump would be president. People thought I was an idiot, but I wasn't.
Things I might be able to to talk about: how to build a media organization that survives in difficult times. How to fake your way though an Ivy League law school. How to convince people you are credible even when you are not. How to write about politics without boring the pants off of your audience. How to overthrow capitalism (still working on this). How to write children's books. How to dress garishly. How to free yourself of libertarian brain poison. How to purchase an annual subscription to our magazine for a very reasonable rate.
I am here to answer all questions! (Proof that I am who I say I am here!)
UPDATE: Thank you for all the questions! I will try to answer as many more as I can before I wrap up soon. If you've enjoyed this, please consider subscribing to the print edition: https://www.currentaffairs.org/subscribe.
UPDATE: Signing off now. Thank you for all the wonderful questions. I tried to answer as many as I could, and I hope that anyone who enjoyed this Q&A will follow us on Twitter (@curaffairs and @NathanJRobinson) and consider subscribing!