By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Our other fundraising posts tell you what Naked Capitalism gives to you.
This one is a bit different. I’m going to tell you what the commentariat – the feistiest, best-informed critical thinkers on the internet – gives to me.
I was a reader and admirer of Naked Capitalism – and a cash contributor to the annual fund-raiser (hint: the Tip Jar is over there!) – long before Yves invited me to write regularly for the site.
A little secret here: One thing no one tells you when you sign up for the writer gig is how lonely this way of spending one’s time can be. Feedback is infrequent, and often confusing. One throws out one’s thoughts, but is anyone listening?
That’s not the case with my Naked Capitalism posts. Not only do you critique what I’ve written – in the comments section, and occasionally, via personal emails – but often, astute comments from the commentariat tell me things I didn’t know. You inspire me, and push me, and make me a better writer. And for that, I am grateful.
Really, really grateful – especially when someone posts a comment that repeats points I made in a post long ago – without knowing where their arguments came from. I am so thrilled! Mind you, I’m not looking for “credit” for my thoughts. What I crave is to know that the hours I spend writing reach – and persuade – an audience. Through your visits to this site and your comments, you affirm the contributions of all those who write for this site.
So I ask you, please visit our Tip Jar to support our efforts. Whatever you can give, whether $10 or $1000, helps us provide you with your daily diet of incisive commentary, analysis, news, and at least whenever I compile Links – amazing bird photos, as well as a place to hang out with the like-minded.
Initially, most of my posts were on regulatory, legal, or Indian topics. Yet over the past two years of writing for the site, I’ve widened my range to include more posts on the right to repair – originally inspired by my concerns about waste that arose from my writing about textiles and fashion – and the war against plastics. Readers have responded positively to these posts, and I appreciate your interest – as it means I can continue to write about things I think are important. The range of the site has expanded beyond Yves’s original emphasis on finance and economics, to Lambert’s interest in politics, health care, and permaculture, to include other crucial topics ignored by the mainstream media – climate change, environmental degradation – and which the dominant neoliberal paradigm exacerbates.
And you, dear readers, are not following, but leading us to take on more challenges – at least with respect to this humble contributor. So, I post this shameless request to you to help fund the site. Without your contributions, Naked Capitalism would not exist. If it didn’t exist, my life would be much poorer – as I would not have the benefit of your thoughts and insights.
So, give what you can. Dispel MY ignorance. Correct MY mistakes and MY all-too-frequent typos! Please continue to educate me – and everyone else who benefits from the thoughts and insights of Yves, Lambert, and the other writers who write for Naked Capitalism – by sharing your thoughts and comments. Without this marvelous, unique site – there would be no forum for your views. Whether it’s $1 or $10,000, it all matters. I say that as a longstanding fan of the site – and not as a contributor.
Please visit our Tip Jar to support our efforts. We MUST each do our individual bit, to keep the site going. I post my scribbles. You can send us a contribution – whatever you think you can afford. From each according to his/her means, to each according to his/her needs.