Agonist: The Book

   For over a decade of ups and downs, chaos and dedication, arguments and agreements, The Agonist has earned a place in the blogging community. We have had some marvelous writing, outstanding posts and spirited (to say the least) conversations.

   We are contemplating compiling a Best Of Agonist ebook, to be made available free of charge.


Call for Diaries!

(originally published Dec 9, 2013)

Agonist Diaries are back!

One of the best features of the old Agonist was USER DIARIES. After considerable effort, we’ve restored that function to the new WordPress platform.

All Agonist registered users can now create their own Diary entries. Posts can be on any subject but are subject to […]

Agonist 2014

Regular visitors will have noticed recent changes to this site. Some were aimed at improving performance, some at providing additional functionality. The most recent changes add more functions, provide a consistent method of navigating the site and improve the appearance.

Old habits die hard and we expect the new site will taking some getting […]

Return of the Chronicler

It gives me a great deal of pleasure, satisfaction and even excitement to announce that The Agonist will soon have a new Editor-In-Chief:


Going Forward

    This is the second time in about a year I find myself unexpectedly promoted on the departure of the EIC. At least this time around I’m retired and can devote more attention to The Agonist, although, like Michael, I too have personal obligations which take precedence from time to time, as we all do.

    I […]

It’s been a pleasure – take care

The Money Party

Today will be my last day as editor in chief of the Agonist. I’ve appreciated and enjoyed serving in that role. Personal and professional obligations are pressing and I do not have the time required to continue. The Agonist has the foundation to move forward and a readership that generated close […]

Agonist Internal Message System


To Stirling Newberry – The Agonist wishes you the very best!


Agonist Site Issues

To: Agonist subscribers, authors, and users:

This is an update on the spambot attack on the Agonist today and the broader issue of site upgrades.

Today, The Agonist was subject to an attack by spammers with thousands of registrations in a short period of time. This is part of a much broader effort by spammers […]

Agonist Going Forward

Images: WTF?    Stay Cool    We’re all in the same boat

Now that the dust has been stirred up and most of it has settled, I would like to solicit ideas from the entire Agonist community, from the top to the bottom. I am seeking thoughts on how best to administer the site, keep posts flowing and […]

Future of The Agonist

The Agonist has always been a labor of love for those who contribute to it. We’re not looking for glory and we are certainly not making any money from it. The quality of our efforts have earned us a decent level of recognition and a good reputation on the ‘Net. We would like […]

News to me

I am not happy to read this on The Agonist Facebook page:

Ever since Diaries were never turned on, obviously a sign of distrust of the community, and some serious old vs new posters cock-fighting, I have felt that The Agonist had lost a great deal as a vibrant open and accepting community.


Farewell, Agonistas

It’s with considerable sadness that I have to tell you, Agonistas, that my time here is up. I’d been told the owner was interested in extending my contract for another year, but when it came time for him to offer me terms today he offered me a third of the already small pittance I was […]

Site Notice

We’ve experienced a massive influx of attempted spam user registrations today, which has meant the site has been lagging badly. We’re going to close registration for a couple of days only, until we resolve the problem.

Regards, Steve

Agonist On WP – Commenting Changes In Progress

Dear Agonistas,

We’re currently trying out a combination of different WordPress plugins to deliver a comments editing package that will allow a goodly amount of wysiwyg editing as well as comment previewing while being stable across multiple browsers. As ever, we’d ask for your patience while this is in process. In the interim we have […]