This publication was founded to bring a new and independent voice to the current media landscape, which has become too partisan and polarizing. As such, Merion West aligns itself in the Hard Center, while publishing critical commentary from both the Left and the Right.
The writers at Merion West are academics, thinkers, politicians, and activists from across the country. Although our individual backgrounds may differ, we are all similarly committed to delivering thought-provoking analysis to our readers.
The independent organization Media Bias/Fact Check has rated Merion West as Least Biased, an honor reserved for only “the most credible media sources.”
Henri Mattila is a Co-founder and Publisher at Merion West. He was born in Helsinki, Finland and is an army reservist there. In addition to business development for Merion West, he enjoys backcountry snowboarding. Henri attended Cornell University, studying applied economics and finance and now lives in Philadelphia. Contact Henri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erich J. Prince is a Co-founder and opinion contributor at Merion West. Erich has written for a variety of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, The News & Observer, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Daily Caller. His writing has been honored with two awards from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He studied political science at Yale. Contact Erich at email@example.com.
Dev Pant serves as the Managing Editor at Merion West. Dev has worked as an editor for The Daily Texan and as founding editor of the newspaper, The Inquisitor. Dev is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization International Catalysts for Empowerment. In addition to politics, Dev enjoys writing works of fiction. Contact Dev at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikhil Sridhar serves as Director of Human Capital at Merion West. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Nikhil writes about politics, particularly about constitutional issues. Nikhil is from Virginia. Contact Nikhil at email@example.com.
Alex Baltzegar serves as Director of Marketing at Merion West. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Alex enjoys writing about American politics from a conservative perspective. Contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connor Mighell is the curator of “Five in a Flash,” a daily breakdown of the nation’s most pressing news, which is sent to Merion West subscribers each morning. His essays have been featured in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, The Federalist, and The Hill. Connor is a third-year law student at The University of Alabama School of Law, and he holds a degree in political philosophy from Baylor University. Contact Connor at email@example.com.
At Merion West, we believe that there are few dangers more pernicious than the urge to become an obedient, unthinking member of a one-size-fits-all ideology. Novelist Milan Kundera warned:
Anyone who thinks that the Communist regimes of Central Europe are exclusively the work of criminals are overlooking a basic truth: The criminal regimes were made not by criminals but by enthusiasts convinced that they had discovered the only road to paradise. They defended that road so valiantly that they were forced to execute many people. Later it became clear that there was no paradise, that the enthusiasts were therefore murderers.
Poet Charles Simic agreed: The first person who told me about the evil in the world was my grandmother…The poor woman had more sense than most people. She listened to Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, and other lunatics on the radio and since she knew several languages, she understood the imbecilities they were saying. What upset her even more than their vile words was their cheering followers. I didn’t realize it then, but she taught me a lesson that has stuck. Beware of the so-called great leaders and the collective euphorias they excite.
The desire, whatever its source, to submit with unquestioning obedience to popular opinion or the most fashionable narrative, is best met by exposing oneself to a variety of facts and the best arguments of each side. At Merion West, we provide this dogma-free analysis. Our commentary acknowledges that many of the issues are more complex than how politicians and media outlets frame them to suit their purposes.
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