In 2011, when Rob Long and Peter Robinson came together, they had an idea. I like to call it “The Mission of Ricochet.” Their idea, and it was revolutionary, was to create a place on the Internet for intelligent people to come together and talk about things. And it worked. Here we are, six years on, and our community is thriving!
Why? Because in a time of national strife and division, in a time of acrimony, people are looking for somewhere where they can talk without the yelling or the screaming or the general air of nastiness that that fills our national discourse.
Or, to put it another way, the market has a need for civil conversation and we fulfill that need. But Ricochet also performs a secondary function that nobody intended when this all began. And it’s something near and dear to my own heart.
If you scroll down the Ricochet home page, you’ll see a lot of familiar names among our contributors: Richard Epstein, Mona Charen, Paul Rahe, Pat Sajak, John Yoo, James Pethokoukis, among others.
However, you’ll also see many other names. Who are all these people? Some are members and some are contributors who started out as members. (And if you go inside, you’ll find many, many more on our Member Feed.)
In addition to promoting civil conversation, Ricochet has the added benefit of promoting new voices to the Right. These are people, of all ages and all walks of life, who didn’t come through the usual New York-Washington pipeline. Some of these members and contributors have gone on to write for other publications, but they found their voice and their footing here on Ricochet.
In addition to being a place for civil conversation, Ricochet also functions as an incubator for writers who might not have been discovered otherwise. And that can only happen because Ricochet is a welcoming enough, friendly enough place to allow these people to find their voice.
So when you support Ricochet with your membership dollars, you’re not just becoming a member of the most intelligent and civil online community around, but you’re helping foster a new generation of writers and thinkers on the Right who will be shaping ideas for decades to come.