Declaring our Independence
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
We are independent. After four years as part of the Vox community, Mischiefs of Faction is going its own way again. However, a decent respect to the opinions of our readership requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to this separation.
Vox is moving away from the blog format and toward a more traditional freelance editorial process. We will remain occasional contributors at Vox, but this means that the Mischiefs of Faction group blog will no longer be hosted on Vox.com. The blog’s main home will return to http://www.mischiefsoffaction.com/, with a new look and interface. (Our early independent posts (2012-15) can be seen here, and our Vox-era (2015-19) posts are here.)
While we have greatly enjoyed our relationship with Vox over the past four years, we are excited to be out on our own again. As an independent academic blog we can publish faster and in a variety of formats and lengths. In short, we can publish whatever we want whenever we want. We can think out loud in this space, penning what we see as the first drafts of academic research. The product will occasionally be raw and may contain some errors, but it will also be topics we are currently struggling with and trying to formulate.
You can read our new mission statement here. The short version is that we remain committed to the same effort that has guided us since our founding in 2012. We’re trying to understand political parties at a time when they seem to be experiencing both change and duress. We were oriented around American political parties in our founding. Most of our members are still focused on the United States, and we will have plenty to say about the ongoing presidential nomination cycle. However, in the past year we have expanded our focus to the international context, and independence gives us the opportunity to expand further beyond U.S. borders.
We thank you for joining us and invite you to read on.