For historical reasons, we are retaining the description of our remit and raison d’être below, but please note that Areo is not currently accepting submissions or donations. The former editor-in-chief Iona Italia is now working as a commissioning editor at Quillette. You can contact her regarding submissions to that magazine at email@example.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for all other enquiries.
Areo is a feisty little digital magazine with an international readership, providing commentary on politics, society, science, culture and the arts. Our name is drawn from John Milton’s 1644 pamphlet, Areopagitica, a pioneering call for the freedom of the press.
Our contributors have included research scientists, award-winning writers, human rights campaigners and prominent academics, but we also accept contributions from anyone who can write clearly and persuasively on a subject of interest to our readers.
Amid the current atmosphere of partisanship and hysteria, we provide a haven for calm, reasonable voices from both left and right. Our writers are unafraid to tackle controversial issues, to go against status quo orthodoxy and to toss sacred cows onto the barbecue and turn them into brisket. But they also refrain from inflammatory clickbait, personal vendettas, hyperbole and scaremongering. Our aim is not to posture, but to persuade. In that spirit, we also welcome responses to and rebuttals of arguments published within our own pages.
We are committed to an ethos of universal liberal humanism: each individual must be judged on his or her own merits and should be awarded the rights, respect and compassion that are due to every human being—regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, skin colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or any other fundamental aspect of identity. Ideas, however, do not intrinsically deserve respect or protection and no idea should be off limits to scrutiny. In addition, we believe that anyone can hold an equally valid opinion on any topic, regardless of his or her identity.
– Editor in Chief
Iona Italia was editor-in-chief from May 2020–October 2023
Helen Pluckrose was editor-in-chief from June 2018–May 2020.
Areo was founded in November 2016 by Malhar Mali and run by him until June 2018.