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Heads Up! NC Fundraiser Coming Soon!

It’s that time of year…. The NC annual fundraiser will be starting soon, right after the Columbus Day weekend.

Readers contribute generously to this site in many ways, via sending links, antidotes and plantidotes, providing incisive, informative, and often funny comments, 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, original reporting, 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.

This site requires an insane ongoing commitment of effort, not just by me but by other important contributors, most of all Lambert but also regulars like Dave Dayen and Richard Smith. And it’s become more challenging to keep coverage timely and relevant continue to fan out into the political realm. There’s more and more pushback against the neoliberal solution of restoring a failed status quo ante and having ordinary citizens bear costs, sometimes disastrously large ones, when most were hapless bystanders.

What Matt Stoller wrote in 2011 still rings true:

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 the week after next!

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7 comments

  1. DJG

    Don’t forget to post a real address attached to some bricks. I’m likely to be totally retro and send a check.

    Also, I can’t stand PayPal. And I despise Peter Thiel.

    Other than that, best of luck on fund raising!

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      Yes, we happily take checks. And I’m not keen about PayPal either, but there is a dearth of alternatives for small fry like us (a service we used in addition to PayPal has imposed conditions, like monthly minimums, that make it no longer viable).

      1. anonymous123

        Have you tried Venmo? I haven’t used it, but my tech-inclined friends are frequent users and say it’s very easy to pay others (and free).

  2. Fool

    I just want to say to anyone that is reading this but has never had the opportunity to participate in a NC fundraiser before that having given to this beacon of justice and a better society is one of my proudest moments. Generally speaking, many people know the right thing to do; many less people put their money where their mouth is and having done so feels good.

  3. Pavel

    I refuse to donate to the mainline charities (e.g. Red Cross where the execs make $600K/yr or something crazy) or the MSM (e.g. NYT, ’nuff said) but very pleased and proud to donate to NC and a few other alternative media sources.

    Yves, there are “pay per article” models, perhaps think about a “pay per comment” model. I’d happily pay say $1 per comment published. Not sure about others but might help pay the bills :)

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      It would be good for our budget but would not be very fair! Some of our readers are in very tough financial condition. I had one one year give me the last money he had in an old Paypal account, all of $2, because he wanted to give something (IIRC, he and his wife had lost their homes to foreclosure and were living in an RV in a trailer park). So I don’t want people who are less well of to be precluded from commenting.

  4. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit

    Goodness, it seems like I just tossed money into the hamster fund over at Corrente, too! My, how time flies!

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