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Merion West

Merion West is a journal where all voices are welcome.

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.

Conservative, progressive, and independent thinkers publish alongside each other on one platform, a quality that makes Merion West unique among its peers in the current media landscape.

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. We believe that open discourse among different political persuasions provides value to our readers, writers, and the nation.

The independent organization Media Bias/Fact Check has rated Merion West as Least Biased, an honor reserved for only “the most credible media sources.”
 

Team

Erich J. Prince is a co-founder and the editor at Merion West. Erich has written for a variety of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, The News & Observer, and the Orlando Sentinel. His writing has been honored with two awards from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He studied political science at Yale, completing his thesis on the history of polarization in the United States Congress. Contact Erich at erich@merionwest.com.

Henri Mattila is a co-founder and the publisher at Merion West. He was born in Helsinki, Finland and is an army reservist there. After attending grade school in the Philadelphia suburbs, he attended Cornell University with a major in applied economics. His professional experience is in the finance industry. Contact Henri at henri@merionwest.com.

Mitchell Nemeth works to bring interesting new perspectives to Merion West. Mitchell holds an undergraduate degree in finance and a master’s degree in legal studies, both from the University of Georgia.

 

Our Philosophy

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.

 

Support Merion West

If you believe that the state of political discourse in America is broken — and the current media establishment is a major contributing factor — we ask for your support.

The leaders of this journal do not take in a salary; instead, every donation goes directly to paying our content-producers, promoting our most thought-provoking articles and interviews, and expanding our influence on the national political discourse.

If you would like to support our mission of creating a journal where all voices are welcome, please visit our Patreon page here.