It’s that time of year…. The NC annual fundraiser will be starting soon, meaning end of next week.
Readers contribute generously to this site in many ways, via sending links, antidotes, hanging out at our water cooler, um comments section, and last but not least, sending money. I hate to be forward about it, but an effort like this does entail the use of that crass commodity. If you believe in Naked Capitalism’s distinctive combination of serious analysis, prescient calls, and no-holds-barred commentary, we hope you’ll show your support via a contribution, either a one-time donation or a subscription.
We also hope you’ll tell us what you like, and where we need to do better, so that we can direct our efforts to things that you consider important. On the “fix it” list, our tech guy has found a plug-in that will allow for comment previews, and that will be going live on Tuesday.
This site requires an
insane ongoing commitment of effort, not just by me but by other important contributors, among them Lambert and Matt Stoller. And it’s become more challenging to keep coverage timely and relevant as the effects of the global financial crisis keep fanning out into the political realm. That includes keeping close tabs on this painful election, where the debate revolves around relative degrees of awfulness, as opposed to merit.
As Matt Stoller wrote last year:
The truth is, you can get lies for free. Wall Street is only too happy to buy advertising, to make sure you hear from their well-credentialed experts. If you are not paying for your media, though, then they are. And you aren’t the customer, you are the product being sold. While this arrangement works, what it means is that you’ll get lies for free. And this is a very expensive proposition. So I hope that you’ll consider, if you haven’t already, putting some dollars towards the Naked Capitalism fundraiser. If you can’t afford much, give only a few bucks. If you can afford more, give more. If you can afford to give a lot, give a lot. It will pay for itself, I guarantee you. This isn’t just giving, it’s a statement that you are want a different debate, a different society, and a different culture. It’s about saying you are tired of the lies you are being fed for free, and are willing to put your valuable resources into reshaping how information in our society flows. It will help policy-makers understand that if they make good decisions, they have allies, and if they don’t, they have enemies.
So, to help keep the blog that never sleeps after the banks that never sleep, please participate when we go live on our fundraiser next week!