Areo Magazine

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Areo Magazine
EditorHelen Pluckrose
CategoriesHumanism, culture, politics, human rights, science, and free expression.
Year founded2016; 5 years ago (2016)
First issueNovember 1, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-11-01)
LanguageEnglish Logo.png Search Areo Magazine on Amazon.

Areo Magazine[needs IPA] is an online magazine founded by Australian writer Malhar Mali. The publication has a primary focus on humanism, culture, politics, human rights, science, and free expression.


Areo’s name was inspired by John Milton’s Areopagitica, a speech the English poet wrote and delivered which condemned pre-publication censorship...[1]


Areo was launched in November 2016 by Malhar Mali, who said he was "extremely frustrated by what I was reading in American media in general".[2] Mali ran the magazine until June 2018, when he moved on and running was taken over by Helen Pluckrose.

Areo has been associated the Intellectual dark web and compared to Quillette, noting "with the media and political landscapes increasingly moving towards mudslinging and hot takes, Quillette, Areo, and the thinkers who support them are looking to provide an antidote." Areo is noted to attract more liberal writers than Quillette, with both being described as "thoughtful" and "feather ruffling".[3]

Areo has interviewed leading scientists and scholars, such as American author and Professor of Ecology and Evolution Jerry Coyne[4] and Lebanese-Canadian author and evolutionary scientist Professor Gad Saad. [5] Areo's editor Helen Pluckrose has been interviewed on BBC Radio speaking about the truth and evidence-based reasoning in journalism. [6]

On October 2nd 2018, Areo Magazine published a major piece of work by Helen Pluckrose, James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, on "Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship"[7]. This was a year-long attempt by the three authors to see how many "hoax" academic papers they could get published in humanities fields journals. This work became known as The "Grievance Studies" affair, or the "Sokal Squared" scandal (after the Sokal affair), and was covered in leading media across the world [8] [9] [10] [11][12][13]

Areo's sub-editor, Iona Italia, is a founder member of - a project designed to facilitate productive debate between people promoting strongly disagreeing opinions.[14] Both Iona and Helen Pluckrose have contributed many debates, typically on subjects that have been aired in Areo itself. Iona and Helen also collaborate on a discussion podcast associated with Areo, called Two for Tea, which covers debate on issues raised in Areo and has featured guests such as Sarah Haider, James Lindsay, Ali Rizvi, Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff. [15]


Areo has been described as "a liberal website that eschews the excesses and authoritarianism of the Regressive Left" by Professor Jerry Coyne[16]

In an interview with Merion West magazine, Areo magazine is described as being for "very broadly liberal" people "who appreciate reason and evidence-based epistemology"[17]. In an interview with Yascha Mounk for Slate, Pluckrose explained how she thinks the kind of self-critique of the political liberal-left that often features in Areo is necessary for it to be able to defeat the populist-authoritarian political right. [18]

The Times Literary Supplement described Areo as "strange" and "obsessed with labels", but also noted that "the articles are often good".[19]

The review site Media Bias/Fact Check rated Areo very positively, stating[20]

Overall, Areo is mostly an opinion based magazine that we rate Left-Center based on story selection and moderate democratic views. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information to support their opinions, as well as a clean fact check record.


Malhar Mali said his guiding philosophy was: “Is it true?” or “Is it accurate?”

See also[edit]

  • Intellectual dark web


  1. "I'm Leaving — and What's Next for Areo". Areo. June 27, 2018.
  2. "Q+A with Malhar Mali, Founder and Editor of Areo Magazine".
  3. Prince, Erich J. (January 17, 2019). "Something Is Happening in the Commentary Space". MediaVillage.
  4. "Jerry Coyne on Taboos in Science, Skepticism, and the Incompatibility of Faith and Fact". Areo. March 10, 2017.
  5. "Gad Saad on Hysteria and "Collective Munchausen" around Donald Trump, Speaking Out as an Academic, and Evolutionary Psychology 101". Areo. January 23, 2017.
  6. "BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Post-Truth". BBC.
  7. "Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship". Areo. October 3, 2018.
  8. "Another set of fake papers takes aim at social science's nether regions". The Economist.
  9. Mounk, Yascha (October 5, 2018). "What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia". The Atlantic.
  10. Melchior, Jillian Kay (October 5, 2018). "Opinion | Fake News Comes to Academia" – via
  11. Whipple, Tom. "Journals publish hoaxers' absurd gender studies". The Times.
  12. Drezner, Daniel W. "Perspective | A paper that would never have gotten past peer review criticizes the academy. Film at 11". Washington Post.
  13. "How academic hoaxes can prove helpful".
  14. "Letter". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. Italia, Iona. "Two for tea". Two for tea.
  16. "A new liberal website—and some pieces to read". February 27, 2017.
  17. "Helen Pluckrose Joins Erich Prince to Tell Areo's Story".
  18. Mounk, Yascha (December 5, 2018). "The Left Case Against Identity Politics". Slate Magazine.
  19. "High-quality opinion and analysis are no longer the preserve of print journalism".
  20. Media bias/Fact check. "Areo magazine". Media bias/Fact check. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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