Welcome to The Commentator!
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The website was exclusively conceived, founded and legally incorporated in 2009 and 2010 by the journalist, author and political analyst Robin Shepherd, the site's owner. It was built, designed, and launched by Shepherd on the internet in April 2011 in conjunction with a widespread group of like-minded allies and collaborators, the best of whom remain core supporters.
Aside from our amazing tech team in Brussels, Innsbruck and Sofia, we would like to pay particular thanks to Associate Editor Dane Vallejo, the brightest, most trusted, and most influential of our early collaborators, who was instrumental in building the social media side of the site as well as making sure that content was timely and of high quality.
We should also like to thank interns and part-time collaborators some of whom who have now moved on. (Robin Shepherd will provide references upon request.)
Last, and by no means least, we thank our donors. We need more of them if we are to develop! Those who do already contribute make all this possible.
We continue to welcome many new collaborators, and we are grateful to them all as The Commentator just keeps on growing with the support of the brightest and the best in these difficult times for freedom-oriented people around the world.
What We Believe
The Commentator is a centre-Right internationalist outlet and attracts writers who fall broadly within that vein of thinking. Owner Robin Shepherd, for his part, has developed his thinking to the point that he now regards the old Right-Left dichotomy as redundant. He is working on a book, provisionally entitled Realignment: Democracy in the Digital Revolution, which argues that our inherited democratic structures and thinking are obsolete and that we need to revamp them to suit the changes inaugurated by the digital revolution.
The Commentator is opposed to all forms of totalitarianism, racism, anti-Semitism, supremacism, sexism, and discrimination against people who make lifestyle choices inside and outside conventional norms with consenting adults.
It believes in robust but reasoned debate, and avers that truth is always a defence.
Writing for us
We're always on the look out for new talent. If you have something to say, whether its 200 words or just a video you've seen, a blog, or a full opinion piece of 500-1200 words, then send it on over to submissions[at]thecommentator.com.
If you have tips for news stories, or want to sponsor our work, advertise with us or ask us to review something, drop a note to robin[at]thecommentator.com, who will be only too happy to help!
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