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Ryan Lanier, Connor Kaeb, and Carl Miller started the website American Dis­course, a col­lection of opinion pieces about American pol­itics. | Facebook

A quar­antine pipe dream has turned into a full-fledged project for three seniors.

Ryan Lanier, Connor Kaeb, and Carl Miller started the website American Dis­course, a col­lection of opinion pieces about American pol­itics. Lanier, editor-in-chief of the website, said the goal is two-fold: to give student writers a place to publish and to promote political dis­course among dif­fering view­points.

Lanier had the idea for the website while sitting in his sister’s apartment during the COVID-19 quar­antine. 

“I was reading more articles and books and thinking, ‘I would love to respond to these.’ But, it’s hard to get pub­lished as a student,” Lanier said. “It really started out as, ‘I want to write some­thing and I want to help other people who want to get pub­lished and learn and develop as a writer.’”

The goal of American Dis­course is also to start actual dis­cussion about dif­fering political view­points.

“Through an ongoing con­ver­sation, we aim to bring con­ser­v­a­tives together and provide exposure to the broad range of ideas under the umbrella of ‘con­ser­vatism,” the website’s mission statement says. “Through intel­lectual dis­course, we hope to bring the many dif­ferent con­ser­v­ative visions into a grand con­ver­sation with each other.”

Miller, the senior editor, said that there’s a need for dis­course within the American media.

“We are a con­ser­v­ative pub­li­cation, but we’re about dis­course. We’re about opening up the plane to folks that may not agree on any­thing,” he said. 

Lanier, Kaeb, and Miller have all written content for the website. Kaeb, man­aging editor,web designer, and social media manager for American Dis­course, is writing a series of pieces about the 1950s and the height of American con­ser­vatism.

“I’ve gotten pushback, and I think that’s great. I keep encour­aging people to write a response on the site, because that’s exactly the purpose,” he said. 

While the three like writing about ques­tions of policy, Lanier said that they are open to all kinds of dis­cussion.

“We don’t want to become a niche policy pub­li­cation. One of our con­trib­utors, Sam Stone (‘20), took a Thomistic approach to defunding the police. That’s the thing you don’t see any­where else,” Lanier  said.

While view­ership isn’t extra­or­di­narily high, Kaeb said it is strong and growing.

“It’s been gar­nering approx­i­mately 100 views. We’re not nec­es­sarily con­cerned about the views. With every new person we get to write, the view­ership for the site is going to grow,” Kaeb said.

In the future, the group would like to launch a podcast as a coun­terpart to the website. But, the group is cur­rently focused on getting more writers.

“If people want to write for us, we want to publish them,” Lanier said. “We want to work with them. The most important part for us isn’t getting readers, its people sub­mitting. Nothing is too small, too niche. We want to get your voices out there.”

To submit to American Dis­course go to the contact page and past your sub­mission in the pro­vided box.

“We make it really easy to submit,” Kaeb said.