When I started this blog nearly ten years ago, one of the things I very much wanted to achieve was to have an active and informative comments section. I have no idea how that came about but the caliber of the NC commentariat has greatly exceeded my highest hopes. You correct me, give ideas and information, catch typos (aiee!) and make my work and that of the other bloggers better.
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, like having to pay bills of all sorts. Many of you have responded generously, with the result that we are at over 1100 donors towards our goal of 1250. Help us meet this target by going to the Tip Jar so you can give by check, or credit or debit card. Remember, your contribution, whether $10, $100, or $1000, helps move us towards our goals, improve our work, and strengthen this community.
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. I think you’ll be really pleased to see this one from Tony Hunter:
I am running for the Kansas Senate. Part of why I decided to run was this site. If we expect things to change, we all have a responsibility to follow through on the information and analysis provided by Yves and Co. with real world actions.
I am excited about the new names I see contributing and hope to see more. Journalism isn’t dead, it just moved. And good journalism needs to be supported. I chipped in what I can. Keep up the good work!
From Tricia A:
A heartfelt thank you to all at Naked Capitalism. You have been a primary source of my re-education and continuing education about what is going on in the world after being fed so much corporate/government propaganda beginning with childhood textbooks. My children, too, are more knowledgeable, more aware, more skeptical, as well. But also, during times of utter despondency, when the world seems particularly corrupt and hopeless, I find solace at your site, both in the wonderful sarcastic wit of Lambert, and in the feeling of camaraderie with other like-minded, aware people.
From Scott Z:
As you stated in the fundraising appeal, one of the major benefits NC provides is a forum for critical thinking. Democracy needs dialog in order to function, and NC, to me, is like a town hall meeting place. I am personally better prepared to confront the challenges ahead by reading your work.
Looking forward to the work ahead, for all of us.
And Mary A:
THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR GREAT ARTICLES & INFO.
IT HAS CAUSED ME TO CHANGE HOW I THINK JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING!!
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!), so I hope you’ll take a few minutes to visit the Tip Jar and support our ongoing campaign. 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.