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Jacobite is a magazine of cultural analysis, philosophy, and post-politics. It was created only after realizing that nobody else would develop this intellectual real estate that we call home.

The Editors

We, Robert Mariani and J. Arthur Bloom, have ten years of professional editing experience between us. We have bylines at publications like First Things, The Guardian, and The Washington Post, The American Conservative, and Modern Age, just to name a few.

What's Happened So Far

In its very short history, Jacobite has been toiling to expand the galaxy of the dissident intellectual right. Nick Land has given his thoughts on topics ranging from the paradox of resisting social atomization to the geopolitical disintegration brought on by nuclear proliferation. Cody Wilson, the Henry Ford of 3D-printed assault weapons, wrote about the struggle sessions that have been adopted by Silicon Valley. We've published poetically aberrant fiction and opinings on the shift of reality-shaping powers from priests to journalists to programmers.

You can find writings on why Jacobitism is relevant today and why Liechtenstein works, with its monarchical market-governance. We posit that colonialism was like winning the lottery for Hong Kong, and that the future probably isn't so female after all.

Where We're Going

We will soon have a quarterly print edition, and to that end we are gathering the best writing from the most interesting folks. We're also raising money to pay for these costs, and so far we've been paying for writers and web development out of pocket. We've stretched every penny, but paying quality writers and building a website adds up no matter how hard you squeeze. 

Magazines are luxury items in this day and age, and our print issues will reflect that in the quality of their construction. Pages will be thick, smooth and colorful. Ad space will be limited to a single, tasteful page in the magazine.

What Your Contribution Will Fund

  • Paying writers. High-quality talent commands a big price tag. Right now we can't match the commissions or publication frequency of established magazines, and this means that it's harder to contend with them. We don't want to subsidized by the well-wishes of our writers forever.
  • The development and maintenance of the website. We want it to look as good as possible.
  • The print edition. Getting a print edition bootstrapped involves buying a designer and a print shop, and this costs thousands of dollars.
  • Events. We want to rent out spaces for events and hold events. The goal is the bring out major contributors so they can rub shoulders with readers.
  • Art. We've only commissioned a couple pieces of for article headers, but we want to be able to commission more beautiful and riveting images.
We've done a lot with very little so far, so every contribution will make a disproportionate impact.


$400/month – We double the volume of articles published.

$1000/month – Our writers get a raise!

$1500/month – The print edition will be operational, if it somehow isn't already.

$2000 month – The volume of articles published gets doubled again.

$2500/month – The website gets a full makeover.

$3500/month – We start regular events. It's gonna be pretty cool.

$5000/month – We fly out our big contributors for events. (Nick Land lives in Shanghai, guys)

$8000/month – We rent a co-working space and hire a part-time staffer.

$10,000/month – We hire a full-time staffer. Our writers get paid a lot more. The House of Stuart is installed in the United Kingdom.

The Mission Statement

Shares in taste-making are in free fall. But every time time another batch of journalists get canned and ad revenues break new record lows, it seems like another publication pops up that's another flavor of communist. They say they're the voice of something, those increasingly nervous men who mark the free space on their intellectual bingo cards by ruminating about how "late capitalism" should be ending any day now.

Don't worry. Their preferred state of affairs requires the constant application of political energy, and so getting everyone to clap their hands and believe is more a matter of survival than success. The sweaty impulse toward managing memes isn't power, it's compensation for power-insecurity. Anything but the audience's undivided attention is foreboding; someone could be headed for the exit any minute.

"But this wasn't deliberated!" is the pearl necklace that they clutch for when folks start shuffling out. There's a cottage industry of thinkpieces complaining about the latest guy who packed up and left without a proper explanation. Right-wingers see the other team scoring points by whining to the referee and think that it will work for them just the same, and so we have the court jester known as the conservative media. Until he realizes that the referee is playing for the other team, that poor clown will exist to be the object of routine humiliation.

It's powerful to realize that the referee isn't neutral after all. More powerful than that is realizing that no points worth scoring require his approval. The zero-energy state of things -- the place where everything ends up after the dam breaks and all movements have spent themselves -- is our friend. Politics is a tug-of-war for public opinion that isn't worth being drafted into. Even if you win, the mechanisms of the world won't churn much differently. The invention of the transistor is beginning to lap the Russian Revolution in terms of historical importance.

The end of consensus in media seems to track with the end of consensus in government, the end of the end of history. What we are seeing, first in India, then in Britain, and recently in America, represents the acceleration of a trend 70 years in the making. Since 1945, when the forces of liberal democracy (and communism) stood triumphant and there were less than 50 sovereign states on the planet, the world has fragmented at a pace unmatched since the bricklayers on the Tower of Babel put aside their vain construction project and headed for the hills -- the Almighty having confounded their consensus-making abilities. Today there are around 200. And short of new states, new models of negotiated sovereignty are appearing throughout the world. This process shows no signs of slowing down.

We're not here to be the voice of anything. We're interested in what happens in the ever-growing space where voice is irrelevant. Jacobite is here to to observe currents that are easy to miss because their existence doesn't rely on being announced through an activist's megaphone. You're invited to come along for the ride.
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