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About Rick Bayan

Rick Bayan, founder-editor of The New Moderate

Born and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the future founder of The New Moderate graduated with honors from Rutgers College. There he majored in history and gained his lifelong fascination with the rise and fall of civilizations (including ours).  Bayan picked up a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, where he discovered the works of vintage American iconoclast H. L. Mencken.

During his career as an award-winning advertising copywriter and copy chief — first at Barron’s and later at Day-Timers — Bayan authored Words That Sell (1984, revised 2006), now a standard reference work in its field. By night he wrote The Cynic’s Dictionary (1994) and created The Cynic’s Sanctuary, a popular website for the world’s disgruntled idealists.

When he turned 50, Bayan quit his day job to write full time. He first launched The New Moderate in 2007 as a three-way discussion of dozens of public issues (featuring liberal, conservative and moderate opinions on each). In 2009, as the U.S. grew even more polarized, Bayan relaunched The New Moderate as the full-fledged blog you see today. He writes every word of The New Moderate except for the comments.

Bayan serves on the board of Americans United to Rebuild Democracy and lives in Philadelphia with his young son, who shares his dad’s enthusiasm for history, model-building and classic Popeye cartoons.

Rick Bayan is available for interviews, speaking engagements, book projects, articles and essays, creative consulting, copywriting (he writes a mean sales letter!) and web content. You can reach him directly at rick@i-cynic.com.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Durgin permalink
    February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

    Rick,

    My name is Steve Durgin. I live in Portsmouth New Hampshire. I spoke with your colleague Stephen Erickson last night in Portsmouth. He told me about the rebuild democracy site you have put up. It is a very good site.

    I then followed the links to your site. I am very impressed with your writing abilty. The shear volume of content you have put on your site is extrodinary.

    Your commentary and recommended solutions I have read so far to the social and economic problems we face are excellent. Well thought through and superbly written.

    Thanks for your great work.

    Steve Durgin

  2. February 22, 2012 9:59 am

    Thanks for the appreciative comments, Steve. I try. Stephen Erickson is one of the good guys… I admire him for all the effort he puts into the cause.

  3. Michele permalink
    April 14, 2012 1:22 pm

    Hey there Rick,

    As a recovering liberal, I am so pleased to have stumbled across your page. I agree, it’s high time for the emergence of a moderate party devoid of the demagoguery that has turned the Democrats and Republicans into so much Saturday Night Live fodder. My question for you is who would lead such an effort? Other than a pair of talk show hosts that I follow, Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, you are the only proud, sane and vocal moderate I’ve found!

    • May 16, 2012 11:56 am

      Hi Michele,

      Sorry I’m just getting around to you now. (Better late than never.) I appreciate the appreciative comments! I really don’t have what it takes to form a third party (I’m just your typical introverted writer and thinker… not someone with political instincts), but I’d like to think my writing is helping set the stage for a third party movement.

      There are other moderates out there more prominent than I am (John Avlon of CNN, for one), but I see myself as more of a radical moderate: someone who believes we need to rebuild our corrupted democracy and financial system so that they favor no class of people over any other class. That, to me, is the essence of a moderate “ideology.” (Of course, we’re not ideologues, so we don’t really have an ideology… just ideas.)

      If our ship is veering off to the right, we need to make a hard left — but only enough to pull us back to the center. Right now the situation is more complicated than ever, because our financial system is pulling us way off to the right, while on social and cultural issues we have an ongoing struggle between leftist intellectuals and right-wing fundamentalists. Only our vocal moderates really have the sense to see through the self-serving ideologies and pilot a course that moves straight ahead.

  4. Mike Kingsbury permalink
    April 13, 2013 7:56 pm

    Mike Kingsbury from Palm Springs. Didn’t expect to agree with most every point you made, but do. Since I can’t call myself a disaffected old-style Yankee Republican anymore (who remembers who they were?), a Moderate will do. Keep up the valiant fight (err, discussion)!

  5. Angela J. permalink
    October 29, 2013 2:07 pm

    Rick,

    Your blog is an oasis in a political desert that is devoid of common sense and is overrun with a masochistic enjoyment of disagreeing. I could not be happier to see your intelligent and delightful writings. They have made my year. Keep on keepin’ on.

    Admiringly yours,
    Angela J.

  6. Uncle Bill permalink
    November 13, 2013 6:38 pm

    I find most of the discussion of “right” and “left” in politics now fairly irrelevant. Most of it seems to be pre-packaged positions spoon fed to us by the elites to keep us from having any input on real issues.
    Let me give a few examples. We went to war in Iraq we were told because they were a threat to us, because they had weapons of mass destruction. They didn’t and the intelligence available to that effect at that time, to anyone who cared to look , was irrefutable. Further more they would have been no threat to us anyway. Israel, maybe, but that never came up, nor did oil except to be indignantly refuted as a preposterous rational.
    We were told then that we wanted to bring democracy to Iraq. The fact that more than 80% of Iraqis have wanted us out for years not withstanding.
    We don’t even have democracy here. More than two thirds of our own population wanted a public option in the healthcare plan. Well, that was not an option because it would have cost the insurance companies and by extension the politicians that they fund. Instead we have endless bickering about the ill conceived website and ignore the fact that improvements have indeed been made.
    We were recently rallied to go to was with Syria because they used chemical weapons on their own people. Much like Iraq had, supposedly. The Iraqis had also supposedly killed premies in the maternity ward. That story was BS but it worked when it needed to.
    After 100,000 Syrians die from bullets and bombs the indignation over 1,400 killed with chemical weapons seemed forced and , by the way, a bit puzzling to the Syrians.
    Oddly enough a coalition of right and left rejected the push for war. That it was a coalition, be it an unknowing coalition, should have been cause for celebration ( we have more in common than we may know) but it was all pushed aside and instead we now have the volume turned back up on the Iranian nuke scare which could culminate in the elimination of one or two military powers in the middle east which was probably the point of the Syria scare in the first place.

  7. Anonymus Anonymous permalink
    January 23, 2014 9:05 am

    I am not a cynic! I am merely a pragmatic determinist!

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