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Political Journalism Masterclass with Robin Koerner Blue Republican

In summer 2011, Robin Koerner, a then completely unknown writer, had an article published on the Huffington Post that went viral. It inspired a movement, called “Blue Republican”, which endures to this day, and put him on the map as a political activist and a writer in the liberty tradition. Since then, some of Robin’s articles have seen even greater traffic.

On 18th Feb, five people will have the chance to speak with Robin in a kind of masterclass in Political Journalism.

Various questions will be considered. What are the goals of an opinion writer? What makes an article persuasive? Or inspiring? Or memorable? Should the appeal be to the head, or heart? If it should be to both, then how is that accomplished? Sometimes a political writer can tell the reader something he doesn’t know; sometimes a writer helps the reader become conscious of something he already knows, but could never articulate for himself. Many political writers prefer to throw red meat to a partisan readership, which usually makes for big traffic, but not necessarily much of an impact on anything else.

Does a writer have to choose between truth-telling and advocacy, or can he ethically do both?

If you are interested in political writing, and especially (but not necessarily) if you identify with the Liberty movement, join Robin on a call with just four other people to discuss his art. You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to ask him any questions you may have about this work. If you are studying journalism, already active as a political writer, or considering a career in this field, you will likely find this opportunity especially valuable.

The cost will be $30 per student. The proceeds will go to support “Blue Republican”. The call will run at least an hour, and probably significantly longer, depending on interest. The five slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We will start at 6pm PT/9pm ET.

Please go here to sign up!

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Liberty needs more journalists!

I hope Robin stays busy with these classes!

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Thanks for the comment...

I am grateful for your comment because your point is important.

You are quite right that there is no need to capitalize liberty there... but I think it should be obvious that by doing so, I am making an assertion about the Liberty movement, as being now a unique "entity", albeit ill-defined and amorphous.

Given what you wrote (and I agree entirely with the thrust that language is important, especially for those who would wield it for important ends), I suspect you could have seen that I was implying the above.

The use of a proper noun does not necessarily imply any official recognition: it does necessarily imply uniqueness.

You can argue with my obvious belief about the usefulness or even reasonableness of asserting the existence of such an entity as *the* Liberty movement ... and indeed you can argue with me about why I therefore did not also capitalize "movement". But you chose to interpret my choice as ignorance of language (not knowing the difference between a common noun and a proper noun (do you really think so?!)), rather than an attempt to convey something.

I hope that if you read this post in the context of all of my writing, you'd choose differently.

I made a difference as a writer by putting a name to something, and in so doing, I helped enlarge it and "sell" it. Broadly, I would like to help to do the same for the liberty movement. There's a lot to this - probably worthy of another article - but I hope you see what I am driving at.

Thanks again

Liberty, liberty

"if you identify with the Liberty movement...."

Almost.

...with the liberty movement....

Robin, I don't mean to be a curmudgeon, but a writer should know the difference between nouns and proper nouns. The latter noun denotes what is official, such as a company, a government or a family.

(An explanation: Proper nouns are in contexts displaying the noun is unique; because so, these nouns are capitalized. Nouns in contexts displaying commonality are lower cased, such as the name of the board game checkers.)

People who concern themselves to matters of the mind should be sentinels of things deriving from it because those things are the forerunners to the second half of life, action.

If a writer is an observer, and he must be before he writes, he must convey his message so it depicts what his attention is to. If his words don't depict what his mind is tuned to, once he is aware of the relationship between what he wrote and his readers' behavior when their behavior is different than what he thought it to be, he shouldn't be shocked about that awareness but should be disappointed he gave opportunity for the wrong behavior to happen.

There is no need and sense in capitalizing the word liberty. Likewise, there is no need and sense to capitalize the word president when it isn't before a person's name, as in: Barack Obama, president of the United States, said "I like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches." That mistake is as often as putting a period outside the closing quotation mark ["example here".] Those instances, those mistakes, in journalism are moving from moderate use to pervasive use. This movement should worry he who comprehends the significance between mind and body because language, the carrier of messages from and to the mind, depicts reality.

To capitalize things denoting common qualities creates confusion because it exchanges right for wrong, establishing disconnect between objectivity and subjectivity, which can lead to problems that carry on in compounding fashion for a long time. So too does improper use of the guide how to read: punctuation.

Distorting language -- a band in the two-band helix life travels on -- distorts reality, a tactic people who obfuscate reality use to dull and enslave.

Robin and any writer: avoid distortion. Master language. And master the second band: logic.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.