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Nathan James Robinson (born August 23, 1989) is an American journalist, socialist, and Editor-in-Chief of Current Affairs magazine, which he founded in 2015.
Early life and education
Born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, Robinson moved with his family to Sarasota, Florida at the age of six. He became an American citizen, along with his family, in 2001. Robinson attended Pine View School in Osprey, Florida before attending Brandeis University graduating with both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in arts. Following his time at Brandeis, Robinson received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. Robinson was there for four years and graduated, before moving onto a Ph.D. degree at Harvard University in sociology. He took a leave of absence from the program after founding Current Affairs. Robinson lived in New Orleans as of 2021.
Robinson founded the left-wing magazine Current Affairs in 2015 after a Kickstarter campaign raised US$16,000.On February 10, 2021, Robinson published an article alleging that Guardian US editor John Mulholland fired him as a columnist due to tweets critical of US military aid to Israel. Mulholland was critical of the tweet, which he said claimed that Israel controlled US Congressional military spending, as invoking anti-semitic tropes. A representative for Guardian US stated Robinson was "neither a staff employee nor on contract and so was not 'fired'". Reason magazine said the distinction is marginal for recurring columnists.Robinson is a proponent of libertarian socialism, citing Noam Chomsky as a political influence. He has criticised both Marxist state socialism and libertarian capitalism. He has published vociferous critiques of Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and others.
2015 Blueprints for a Sparkling Tomorrow: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-69247-981-0 (13).
2016 Superpredator: Bill Clinton's Use and Abuse of Black America. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-69273-689-0 (13).
2017 Trump: Anatomy of a Monstrosity. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-477-1 (13).
2017 The Current Affairs Mindset: Essays on People, Politics, and Culture. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-472-6 (13).
2018 Nocturnal Emissions: A Diary of Dreams. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-471-9.
2018 Interesting Times: Arguments & Observations. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-479-5 (13).
2018 The Current Affairs Rules For Life. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-478-8 (13).
2019 Why You Should Be a Socialist. All Points Books; ISBN 978-1-25020-086-0 (13).
2019 My Affairs: A Memoir of the Magazine Industry (2016-2076) Paperback – November 11, 2019Illustrated books
2013 The Man Who Accidentally Wore His Cravat to a Gymnasium. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-61580-093-6 (13).
2014 Don't Let The Pigeon Question The Rules! Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-69231-906-2.
2014 California Sojourn: An Illustrated Diary of Los Angeles. Demilune Press; ISBN 978-0-69230-393-1.
2018 The Current Affairs Big Book of Amusements, with Lyta Gold. Current Affairs Press; ISBN 978-0-99784-473-3.References
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Current Affairs – Robinson's articles at Current Affairs magazine
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