Andrew Sullivan | A conversation with writer and public intellectual Andrew Sullivan

Hosts Josh Sellers and Henry Thompson spoke with writer and intellectual Andrew Sullivan about his journey from print journalism to Substack, the potential consequences of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and much more.

Sullivan, a longtime journalist and former editor of the New Republicgracefully navigated the transition from print to online journalism, starting his own blog in 2000. He has since launched a publication Substack, which allows him to self-publish his writing directly to interested readers.

“For me as a writer, the ability to write directly to a reader without having an editor or an editor…it was incredibly exciting to write an essay or write an article or just express an opinion and instantly thousands of people read it.”

Sullivan said the world of online writing allows for increased discussion of hot topics almost instantly, creating both a diversity of ideas but also an overwhelming influx of opinions.

He also said the internet can create conflict around morally difficult issues, such as abortion. With recent developments regarding the Supreme Court and its almost certain decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Sullivan said the Court imposing rule on the country and society is too high-handed, and he hopes to see some form of democratic compromise in the future.

Listen to this episode to learn more about Sullivan on his opinion on the Roe v. Wade and the foundations of a liberal society on which it rests.