You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.
This announcement and success story revolves around you, the readers of The American Mind.
A pseudonymous Twitter personality recently tweeted, “Laundering e-clout into gainful employment is harder than it should be. Please someone good at the internet invent an anon LinkedIn.” He continued, “everyone I’ve ever met from online is surprisingly normal and easy to get along with and generally successful in whatever field they’re in. There’s a very real and significant talent loss by not solving the coordination problem of getting these people to work together.” I don’t know about everyone, but he’s not wrong.
When my colleagues and I at the Claremont Institute started The American Mind back in 2018, I was soon struck by how many established and talented professionals in law, media, finance, and technology eagerly began contacting us, excited by something fresh. Looking back, besides our shared chafing under the bit of a calcified intellectual Right for years, the fact that James Poulos and I had worked in a variety of jobs and had been involved in a wide variety of projects outside of education and thinktankery likely played a role in what we created. Our little publication attracted a Generation X following as well as the attention of younger leaders on the Right.
We received some flack for publishing Twitter “pseuds,” but many critics still do not realize that pseuds are not just kids living in their mom’s basement but include 55-year-old hedge fund managers and 36-year-old successful lawyers among their ranks. I once went to a get-together that a friend and online presence randomly called together for whoever among his followers wanted to show up. I expected we might have to dodge a lunatic or three. But everyone who came was either a successful working professional or clean-cut college kid.
For too long, the American Right thought of businesses and the economy as non-political spaces and reduced politics to what was done in Washington. They did not interact enough with people in the private sector who had the vantage point to see the rise of wokeness and widespread corruption and other threads of American decline. Everyone in an executive or professional position, however, knows they risk their job and career if they publicly dissent from woke dogma.
Many talented, indeed elite, professionals outside politics know what time it is and how bad things are, and they want out from under woke tyranny. They know the foundations have shifted and that the old assumption that American business could be a place set apart from American politics no longer holds true. There are patriots across the country wondering how they can exit our current American course of honors, climbing the woke corporate ladder in law, tech, finance, and media. They wonder whether there might be opportunities to swim in better, saner waters, to be a part of parallel pools of talent and capital.
When we created The American Mind, I used to say: come with us if you want to live. That’s still my mantra. You don’t have to live this way. It’s demeaning, and you know your talent is being wasted. Stop working for people who hate you at corporations you no longer believe in. And you don’t have to hire this way either, as plenty of talented people want to work with others of like mind. Stop hiring toxic people who hate you, are plotting against you, and will bring down your business. The problem we all face, of course, is practical and organizational: how can you connect to the right people and businesses if neither party can publicly communicate their alignment?
My cofounder at New Founding, Nate Fischer, and I have matched people informally these last few years, with great success. We asked ourselves how we could best help America’s best and brightest escape and find their way to companies and organizations led by those with the courage not to bend to woke cultural pressure and staffed by like-minded people. Our public and online presence have already helped solve part of this problem, serving as a self-selecting straining mechanism. But it is time to start a formal network to scale these efforts, connecting leaders looking to hire with the talent we know is out there, looking for the chance to work for companies and people that mutually respect each other.
America does face an increasingly real and significant repression of talent if we do not solve this coordination problem. I am not quite here to announce an “anon LinkedIn,” but we have launched something like it for all American Mind readers and friends online, and I encourage you all to check it out. The New Founding Talent Network connects talented professionals keen to build with American companies and founders eager to hire them. It’s easy to sign up and tell us what positions you need to fill or what role(s) you’d ideally like to move into. We want to connect you with ambitious organizations that reject hostile ideologies and focus on excellence of craft. They are often entrepreneurial and disruptive, looking to leverage talent against decrepit legacy corporations.
It is only a start, but the response to the New Founding Talent Network has been resoundingly positive—you can get a sense of some of the companies and individuals signing up by looking over this Twitter thread. We are also formalizing our efforts to match sane, patriotic investors and sane, patriotic founders and entrepreneurs. The opportunity to work together to revitalize this country is massive, and you can help us all find our friends. America is not over. The future is not determined. We still live here, and our children will inherit the world we leave them. Who knows what yet may arise if the right talent is brought together.
The American Mind presents a range of perspectives. Views are writers’ own and do not necessarily represent those of The Claremont Institute.