New Praxis Circle Contributor: Jim Bacon

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is a community building worldviews to renew free society. We do this primarily through our online content and interviews of expert thought leaders on worldview topics. Today, we are thrilled to welcome as our newest Contributor a very familiar person to all regular Bacon’s Rebellion readers—founder, editor, and publisher James A. Bacon himself!

What to say about Jim? At his core, he is a dedicated Virginian. Jim graduated from the University of Virginia, obtained a masters at John Hopkins University, and promptly began his journalism career in southwest Virginia. He eventually settled in Richmond as editor of Virginia Business magazine where he became the editor-in-chief as well as its publisher.

After feeling bureaucratically stifled while witnessing the internet’s revolutionary explosion of news & opinion, Jim started Bacon’s Rebellion in 2002 as an email newsletter. It has since developed into a highly regarded online news portal and is consumed by thousands of Virginians as their primary source for state and local news as well as balanced editorial opinion.

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Jim and his contributors focus almost solely on Virginia public policy issues and current political, social, and economic events. While the publication initially focused on “good government,” Bacon’s Rebellion now regularly centers squarely on the front lines of state and local culture wars with an eye on D.C.’s ever-increasing influence. Over the course of his career, Jim has watched journalism move from an emphasis on objectivity and accuracy to a current emphasis on “narrative.” This move toward political advocacy prompted him to focus on providing a counterpoint to the leftist narrative, while insisting on fact-based truth in reporting.

Jim’s Praxis Circle interview covers a wide range of topics: his worldview perspective on human nature, the type of government it requires, religion/secularism, journalism’s descent, businesses in Virginia, Critical Race Theory, DEI, and perhaps closest to his heart—free speech in higher education. Jim helped form the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA) with alumni from other schools such as Princeton, Cornell, UVA, W&L, and Davidson, to defend First Amendment rights on campus. The AFSA is growing. Please see our recent post “The Fight for Free Speech” featuring Jim and others interviewed about this effort on national television. Below are three featured clips from his interview:

Tell us about the Bacon’s Rebellion news portal

What can you do about the deconstruction of journalism?

Where is free speech most threatened?

With dense personal experience and education in history, journalism, and all things Virginia, Jim’s readers have learned to rely on his sound coverage and mature personal judgement. He offers a profound regard for the Constitution and its Bill of Rights—many of the values that have made America a shining light. He wants it to stay that way.

Jim is a genuine patriot with a rebel’s open mind to all.

To watch Jim’s full interview with Praxis Circle, click here. You can also find our other interviews and worldview resources by visiting our website at

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11 responses to “New Praxis Circle Contributor: Jim Bacon”

  1. Kathleen Smith Avatar
    Kathleen Smith


  2. Don Crawford Avatar
    Don Crawford

    Congratulations Jim. Spread the “Rebellion” message near and far!

  3. vicnicholls Avatar

    Congrats Jim!! I agree with Don C – talk about the Rebellion!

  4. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    I do believe the Nathaniel Bacon of 1676 would approve. I just read his “Declaration”. It was a good read.

    1. Wow. One might be excused for thinking Thomas Jefferson was ‘channeling’ Nathaniel Bacon when he wrote our Declaration of Independence almost exactly one-hundred years later.

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        I thought the same thing Mr. Wayne. Jefferson was good at taking the thoughts of others, manipulating them, and extending the thoughts of others. I say Jefferson made them his own, the modern revisionists call it plagerism.

        July 30th, 1676 was the date of the Declaration of Bacon. I think it would make a great state holiday.

  5. Congratulations!

  6. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    Bravo Zulu, Jim!

  7. The Praxis Circle website has some great material. That’s where I was first introduced to Mary Eberstadt and her book “Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics,” a brilliant, throught-provoking book, and reintroduced me to Deirdre McCloskey, the author of “Bourgeois Virtues,” “Bourgeois Dignity” and “Bourgeois Liberty” (two of which I finished in audio books and the third of which I’m currently reading), one of the most learned, brilliant, and wide-ranging libertarian works ever written.

    Doug Monroe and the Praxis team breaks down lengthy interviews into digestible 2-3 minute bites. You don’t have to wade through a 60-minute interview, just pick and choose the topics you’re interested in.

  8. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Great! Now you can reinforce your views.

    Oh wait. Not Praxis Forte Labs.

    Never mind.

  9. Peter Galuszka Avatar
    Peter Galuszka

    I am confused about what Praxis is. There is a major testing service for educators called Praxis. There used to be risk consultancy in NOVA called Praxis but it was bought by another firm. My initial impression was that Praxis Circle was a global movement but a check of the Web shows it is pretty Richmond-centric, which may not be a great thing. I note that major platers are Dave Brat and Ross MacKenzie. You’ll be in good company. I am also suspicious of the theory that liberals and progressives are censoring everyone. Not exactly my experience.

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