Statue of Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American revolutionary and pamphleteer, in his hometown of Thetford, Norfolk, England by sculptor Sir Charles Wheeler.


“A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.”

–Thomas Paine, “The Rights of Man”, part II, chapter V (1792)


Founded in 2009 by Matt Gonzalez, Jim Dorenkott, and Okla Elliott, AIOTB is a progressive forum that encourages humane thought and action related to contemporary political and cultural matters. The writers do not belong to a particular political party, nor are they expected to adhere to any set program. They all value progressive democratic principles, respect different viewpoints, and seek common ground while maintaining a healthy skepticism for unnecessary compromise.

Chase Dimock became the Managing Editor in 2017 after the passing of co-founder Okla Elliott. Sivan Butler-Rotholz serves as the Managing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series. For all questions about submissions, please contact us at inquiries.asitoughttobe@gmail.com

We are committed to publishing both experienced and emerging writers. We seek, above all, authentic perspectives and want to democratize discourse however possible. Of course, the opinions expressed are solely those of the writers.