We are a collection of American editors, researchers, and policy wonks. Our backgrounds span journalism, economics, human rights, American and European history, foreign policy, as well as ancient and modern Chinese history.
While there is an abundance of voices online articulating concerns over specific areas of American civil or political life, we strongly believe there is an over-arching theme to the troubles we are facing, and too often we are missing the forest for the trees.
With this website, we have endeavored to examine the big picture.
We welcome your feedback and ideas as we strive to better understand and overcome these challenges together.
Why no names? How can we trust you if we don’t know who you are?
These are fair questions. In truth, we initially built this website as a small project for our extended families. We noticed there was a very dominant narrative in U.S. media that was slanting, obfuscating, or sometimes outright lying about key issues. These were topics in which we had expertise and so the misreporting alarmed us greatly. And so, we endeavored to articulate these issues and show all the connections in one place for our circle of friends and family. Yet, as more people saw the site, we were encouraged to make it public. None of us meant to take a public stand. We like our quiet lives.
Still, we understand the concern, and to the trust issue, we would say this: the website is densely packed with references for a reason. The points we make and the connections we draw are based on published documents, news articles, and other source materials, and we provide those to you inline and as a list of references on each page. Therefore, who we are should be far less important than the merits of the points themselves, and the credibility of the reports upon which they are based.
Is this website right-leaning? Centrist? Other?
We encourage readers to scrutinize the merits of our content, and judge this website based on those. In this politically charged and divisive environment, it could prove beneficial to get back to judging arguments on their merits alone rather than the perceived political leanings or other potential biases of the authors. In fact, a little political ambiguity may even help us focus on substance rather than which team we’re on.
If you find errors or any topics misrepresented on this site, please bring it to our attention. We’re like you, we want the truth, and we want this collection of Challenges We Face to move us all in the direction of truth.