Notes of a Traveling Agitator

By the time you read this, I’ll be somewhere between Danbury, Connecticut, and Boston, probably on an Amtrak train wondering if I’ve missed my stop. I’m not a good traveler, as you might imagine: like all writers, I much prefer being in my study, researching my next project, or perhaps hanging out in my garden in relatively sunny California, rather than braving the icy New England winds.

It’s the Autumn Winter Tour, and I’m on the road, so this isn’t really a column, but then again – it is. Because the subject is just as important as the topics I normally cover in this space: the survival of this web site.

Yes, I know, we’ve been through this before: it’s another fundraising campaign, right? Wrong. It’s not just another fundraising campaign – it’s the first one since we lost a big chunk of our budget, as explained in the Special Splash Page. I don’t think I’ve ever been this panicked about the future of – and, frankly, I’ll be really surprised if we make it this time.

Then again, I’m surprised each time we make it. I’m always surprised by the generosity of our readers and supporters, and I’m humbled by it. We can’t run this web site without support from you, our readers. I’m always pessimistic in the short term, but optimistic in the long term, that the battle for a more peaceful world can be won. My chief concern, at the moment, however, is that I hope can survive in the short term.

Well, I’m out on the road, taking the non-interventionist message from one end of the continent to the other: this is just the beginning, I hope, of a new activist orientation here at, which I hope I can elaborate on in future columns. Suffice to say here that there is, in the background, a lot of activity going on, with new plans for a broad left-right antiwar coalition, a national conference of both left and right antiwar groups, and a new national anti-interventionist organization, and will be a big part of it – if we make it that far.

Without, the hopes for an effective, broad, non-ideological coalition against our foreign policy of perpetual war are greatly reduced. So please, give as much as you can as soon as you can. Your contribution is 100 percent tax-deductible – and what more do I need to say? If you must part with your tax dollars, why not give them to a cause you believe in, a cause that is literally a matter of life and death?

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Author: Justin Raimondo

Justin Raimondo passed away on June 27, 2019. He was the co-founder and editorial director of, and was a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute. He was a contributing editor at The American Conservative, and wrote a monthly column for Chronicles. He was the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement [Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993; Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000], and An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard [Prometheus Books, 2000].