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Discourse Blog is a leftist politics and culture site. We operate as a fully worker-owned, independent collective. We write a lot about: political movements, uprisings, the woeful Democratic establishment, the conservative death cult, bad journalism, bad bosses, workers, online nonsense, and, naturally, the discourse. We also just like getting weird or personal. 

(Note: We are not associated with Discourse, the open source project.)

Here are some of our biggest and best posts to give you an idea of what we write about: 

“When the Uprising Comes to Town” by Paul Blest 
How Graham, North Carolina (pop. 15,000) is reckoning with its Confederate monument.

“Accountability Can’t Wait” by Jack Crosbie
Elections don’t mean that we have to suspend our right to critique powerful people.

“The Only Solution is to Burn It All Down” by Samantha Grasso 
The media industry’s racism will only be fixed when the entire system is torn apart.

“Mindless TV Is the Answer You Seek” by Katherine Krueger 
Everywhere you look is another bad thing, still. Watching garbage can help.

“Which Side Are You On?” by Jack Mirkinson
It’s the people versus the cops. You have to choose.

“RBG and the Stories We Tell Ourselves” by Caitlin Schneider 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death also felt like the end of a series of myths about American politics.

“Let Me Tell You About My Heart” by Rafi Schwartz
Or, how some people tried to un-fuck my fairly fucked-up organ.


Paul Blest writes about labor, politics, labor politics, and more. He was previously a news editor at Splinter, has written for outlets including The Nation and The American Prospect, and currently works as an A.M. reporter for VICE News.
📍 Raleigh | | Twitter

Aleksander Chan is the publisher of Discourse Blog. He was previously the editor in chief of Splinter and an editor at Fusion, Gawker, and the Gothamist network.
📍 New York | | Twitter

Jack Crosbie writes about conflict, politics, and the media. He was previously a contributing writer at Splinter, and has written for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic.
📍 New York | | Twitter

Samantha Grasso writes about social justice, pop culture, and Texas for Discourse Blog. She was previously a staff writer for Splinter. She also writes for subtext by AJ+, and has also written for Vox, The Texas Observer, and the Daily Dot.
📍 Austin | | Twitter

Katherine Krueger writes about politics and culture for Discourse Blog. She was previously the managing editor of Splinter. She is the features editor for and has worked at Fusion, Talking Points Memo, and The Guardian.
📍 New York | | Twitter

Jack Mirkinson is the editor of Discourse Blog, where he also blogs about politics and the media. He was previously the deputy editor of Splinter and has worked at Fusion and HuffPost, among other places.
📍 New York | | Twitter

Caitlin Schneider writes about the internet, politics, and the media for Discourse Blog. She is also a senior social editor at VICE and was previously the social editor at Splinter.
📍 Los Angeles | | Twitter

Rafi Schwartz writes about social justice, protest movements, and the weirder corners of the internet. He was previously a senior writer at Splinter, and has been published in Rolling Stone, Good, Mic, and Heeb Magazine.
📍 Twin Cities | | Twitter 

Our starling icon and logo was designed by the incredible Angelica Alzona and our website was designed by Alley.


“Journalists Are Leaving the Noisy Internet for Your Email Inbox”The New York Times

“Checking In With the Newsletter Economy”New York Magazine (Aug. 31, 2020 issue)

“Here’s why these media startups chose to launch while so many other outlets are going under” — CNN

“Substack creators are making 6 figures off newsletters. Here’s how they built their audiences from scratch” — Business Insider

“How Substack has spawned a new class of newsletter entrepreneurs” — Digiday 

“Is Email the Future of Journalism?”The New Republic 

“Talking objectivity in journalism with Jack Mirkinson” — Columbia Journalism Review

“What’s next for journalists?”— Substack

“Deez Interviews: Aleksander Chan, on Discourse Blog’s journey and identity as a newsletter + how ‘it feels purer’ this way” — Deez Links

“Vibe Check With Aleksander Chan”— Medialyte

“In media if you haven’t been laid off it’s just that you haven’t been laid off yet” — Welcome to Hellworld 


“#7 – Ken Klippenstein, Miles Klee, Aleks Chan – Stormtroopers in PDX, Cancel Culture Grifting, The Discourse Blog” — Nights & Weekends

“Thinkfluencers: The ‘Save Journalism’ Industry feat. Jack Crosbie”— Gilded Age

“Is Elon Musk a Fraud?” — The Intercept’s Deconstructed

“On Discourse ft. Kath Krueger & Jack Crosbie” — The Insurgents

“7/3 Casual Friday w/ Alex Pareene & Jack Crosbie”— Majority Report with Sam Seder