By Carla Rautenberg of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
When something becomes an unalterable part of one’s daily routine, it’s often hard to remember just when that became the case. But oh, boy – just thinking about it not being there can bring you up short in a hurry! So if you haven’t yet found the time to give to Naked Capitalism, please do so now. The Tip Jar makes it easy.
Far as I can figure, it’s been eight or nine years since I began starting each day with Naked Capitalism’s links. Certainly, at the time, I had no idea I’d still be checking in almost a decade later. Yves’ occasional suggestion to “grab a cup of coffee” when she links to a longform piece always makes me smile, as I never sit down to peruse the latest antics and outrages of players on the world stage without a mug of strong, black joe.
As all of us regulars know, we come back to Naked Capitalism every day because of Yves, Lambert, Jerri-Lynn – and also, each other. The Commentariat here is unique – quirky, informed and informative, expert in a wide variety of subjects, often funny, sometimes actually profound. Those of us who live in flyover country occasionally have chips on our shoulders – until a coastal or overseas voice moves us to tears – or action. Then we’re just part of one big online community. It’s pretty exciting for me to be in a community with Yves Smith, Michael Hudson, Lambert Strether, Jerri-Lynn Scofield, Ignacio, Plutonium Kun, Clive, Susan the other, Arizona Slim, and literally, too many others to list here.
For years, I’ve felt a pang of envy – quickly subsumed by vicarious interest – as Yves and/or Lambert announced meet-ups in such cities as Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, and Atlanta. I would think, and sometimes plaintively post in comments, “You know, you’re very welcome in Cleveland.” Imagine my delight when last spring, Yves wrote me to say she’d like to plan a meet-up here in NE Ohio. Wow! I knew NC had quite a few readers in the area, because I have, and continue to, run into them.
Working with Yves, I scouted possible venues for a Cleveland meet-up, and we settled on Bar Cento in Ohio City: centrally located not far from Yves’ downtown Cleveland hotel, with excellent access via both public transit and local freeways, and a decent menu. We were on for June 12, 2019! From the responses on Naked Capitalism and my own contacts in the local community, we anticipated attendance of 12-15, so reserved a room that would accommodate 20. We had 28! Local activists were joined by faithful members of the Commentariat who came from as far as Holmes County (Amish farm country), Detroit, and Windsor, Ontario.
It was NOISY in that little room. Yves moved from table to table so everyone had a chance to speak with her. I got to meet Henry Moon Pie, who lives right here in Cleveland – who knew? The meetup was billed for 5 to 8 p.m., but time flew and we didn’t break up until about 10:30.
During the current annual fundraiser, I hope members of the Commentariat from flyover land, and especially from NE Ohio, will give generously. It’s not necessarily difficult to find intelligent-sounding news and commentary on the web. But to find relevant material delivered with integrity, dedication, courage and grit is rare – and that’s what Naked Capitalism does seven days a week, 365 days a year. The community NC has created is a really important part of my life, so I make donating a priority. I hope you will, too, by giving generously athere.