I’ve always been a big believer in the importance of the comments section,. You correct me, give ideas and information, catch typos (aiee!) and make my work and that of the other bloggers better. Your reactions this week took that up a level.
It’s always a bit lonely to throw out ideas into the void, to see if they resonate with others. Over the past few years, and especially over this past week, you have shown me that we are actually a community, a group of people who believe together in justice. Individually, you decided to put your resources on the line to make sure that we keep going, grow, and get better, that our words and ideas matter. This is essential, it’s the first step in creating a different society, where we assert our own collective dignity.
Even though we carry on our fight in the realm of ideas, we still have to contend with real world issues. One of them has been unexpected server downtime this week, which was again due to a wave of traffic from a large number of Chinese IP addresses. We’ve fortified our defenses, but the downtime has impacted our fundraiser. We were set to conclude over the long weekend, but we’ll now take it through Tuesday. Rest assured this change will not come at the expense of regular programing.
Let’s get to 1000 donors. Right now we’re at 627, which means we are nearly 2/3 of the way there (click on the Tip Jar buttons to do so over Paypal, or WePay further down in the right column>, and here for instructions on how to do so with a check).
Over the next year, I’m excited to work with all of you to continue to puncture the perceived monopoly of wisdom the Very Serious People have over economics and finance. It’s ultimately a collective endeavor to do this because ideas cannot be divorced from the networks of people who carry them. It’s remarkable that we are actually a community, as well as a website, and I’ll be thinking hard about how to make sure we manifest that going forward. We’ve gotten input and encouragement from many of you, and I thought I’d share a few from my inbox this week:
Sometimes reading your work is the only reason to get out of bed in the a.m. Great that there are honest, smart voices left.
NC is my indispensable daily go to site, I appreciate all that you & Lambert & the NC ‘crowd’ do.
We need independent voices, and in depth, knowledgeable, independent analysis of issues. I don’t always agree with you, but you have educated me on a number of issues and changed my views on a number of things. My only hope is that you will have even greater reach and influence in the future – representative government is imperiled not because the parties disagree so much, but because they agree that corruption is so nice for them.
PS – I have some very right wing friends, and I am often surprised at how often they quote you!
NC is invaluable — literally, beyond value — as a resource. In addition to the material in the posts, the perspective and additional info provided by the commenters, esp. those with first hand knowledge based on living abroad, provides exceptional depth.
I guess my wife and I are archetypes for your low-profile midwestern readers who never appear in the comments section. But to believe that represents a lack of appreciation for your work would be a misapprehension. Innumerable have been the conversations that start with, “Did you see in Yves where…?” You are an integral part of our day. Keep up the good work.
If you’ve already given, thanks for sending me the message that this site matters, that we can create leverage in the world from our own corner. If you haven’t, there’s still time (though not that much of it). I guarantee you that in a few years, you will be proud of being a part of building this community. You will have shown that there are parts of this world that believe that integrity and dignity matter.
That’s what you’ve shown me.