A farewell to Up for Debate


This text is coming to an finish, however my inbox stays open to all of you.

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Welcome to Up for Debate, a e-newsletter during which Conor Friedersdorf rounds up well timed conversations and solicits reader responses to 1 thought-provoking query.

If I had been to go to you on a journalistic fact-finding mission wherever you reside or work or research, what would you present me to enhance my understanding of the world, or at the least your nook of it?

What insights, life experiences, or reminiscences would you share?

Ship your responses to conor@theatlantic.com or just reply to this electronic mail.


I’d love to listen to again from each considered one of you this week, as a result of that is the final version of the Up for Debate e-newsletter. Hereafter, I’ll be returning full-time to my different duties as a workers author at The Atlantic. This week’s solutions received’t be revealed, however I hope that they will inform future reporting.

I all the time wish to hold my inbox open to all of you. Actually, if you happen to simply wish to say hello, be happy to electronic mail me at conor@theatlantic.com. Your emails these previous couple of years have been a pleasure to learn and a extremely informative glimpse into your beliefs, arguments, and values––I perceive the world higher out of your phrases, and I hope you all perceive the world higher from having been uncovered to 1 one other.

As I publish new articles, they may seem right here. And I’ll proceed to welcome your suggestions and reactions, and to present an in depth learn to anything that you just care to ship my means. Thanks to everybody who has participated on this e-newsletter, whether or not or not I occur to have revealed your explicit emails. I additionally wish to acknowledge and specific my due to all the editors, copy editors, and fact-checkers who’ve labored diligently to enhance each version.

Lastly, my apologies to these of you who solely lately signed up. If you happen to care to delve into the archive to see a few of the correspondence I’ve been lauding, right here’s a listing of topics that readers have opined on: most lately, the state of native journalism, the ethical standing of pornography, misunderstood views, questions for college presidents, gender-divided social areas, social life earlier than digital know-how, the foreign-policy points that matter, whether or not humanity is higher or worse off for having alcohol, and how you can speak about the Center East.

Or you may examine diverging approaches to social justice, what Israel can be taught from America’s response to 9/11, what America may seem like in 2050, Joe Biden’s age, driverless automobiles, belief in American establishments, the potential of racial color-blindness, questions for Republican candidates, the track “Wealthy Males North of Richmond,” or the function of taboos in a liberal democracy.

You possibly can discover what Donald Trump’s voters need, how the press covers race, affirmative motion, compelling debate matters, media portrayals which are at odds with actuality, the hazards of smartphones in lecture rooms, excellence in songwriting, the Ron DeSantis candidacy, marijuana legalization, Jordan Neely’s dying, the continued debate about gender, one of the best delicacies on Earth, Trump’s authorized woes, humanity’s place within the cosmos, city versus suburban neighborhoods, the upsides and downsides of automobiles, religion and faith, or the woes of stripling ladies.

You possibly can view the complete archive of previous e-newsletter editions right here.

I’ll see you within the pages of The Atlantic and everytime you ship me a word.

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