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