A new way forward

How cruel and pointless it would be to justify the existence of yet another journal to society by making appeals to the freshness, rigor, or unorthodoxy of its ideas. How comically unimaginative it would be to make promises to keep the public abreast of everything that matters in a timely fashion. Here there will be no tedium about allegiance to truth, no vague and thus unaccountable claims to be in search of a better society, no naïveté about freedom from doctrine or clique. It’s about time to recognize that there is an excess of faith in the power of a well-put opinion to correct the course of civilization.

The Neoprogressive is an American politico-intellectual journal launched in the autumn of 2012 whose ambition is to contribute to the formation of a new spearhead for today’s tired and hungry progressives. Today’s circumstances require a new breed of progressive — one that rethinks assumptions about ideas, ideals and conduct. Progressives that read less, that think more, that act inventively and with force. At the heart of this quest are themes of minimalism, structural thinking, and the development of strategies for individual and collective action. Toward this end, The Neoprogressive publishes essays and reportage that assail custom and architect new ways of thinking and acting in the world.


Zeeshan Aleem is an award-winning journalist and essayist with experience at BBC News, TheAtlantic.com, and POLITICO.

He has been tear-gassed, batoned, disguised, spied upon and assaulted on five continents. He has interviewed presidents, defense ministers, peace envoys, squatters and guest workers.

A gentleman who oversaw the first Qana Massacre once called him “blood lice,” and a gentleman who went on to become Michele Bachmann’s press secretary once referred to him as a “liberal pinhead.”

His work has been cited or quoted in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Slate, and Think Progress.

He has also written for The Huffington Post, The American Prospect and a number of other publications. He’s done a bit of television, a bit of radio, and he he has spoken on panels at few universities.

Non-journalistic experience includes time on Capitol Hill, consulting for a Pakistani MP, co-writing and directing a play at the Burton Taylor theatre in Oxford, and a couple freestyling competitions.

He was formally educated at the Sidwell Friends School, Oxford University, George Washington University (Presidential Scholarship), and the University of Chicago (University Scholarship). All of his higher education has been vigorously interdisciplinary across the social sciences, with a concentration in social theory, modern history, and political economy.

A few of his popular pieces include his piece about 30 Rock and racism, which apparently Tina Fey read; his piece about the limitations of Jon Stewart’s Restoring Sanity Rally; and a piece on the absence of protest movements that he likes to think anticipated the cognitive rupture that was Occupy Wall Street.