Antiwar.com’s Spring fundraising drive has crossed the finish line – thank to you, our readers and supporters. Every fundraising drive makes me nervous, and this one was no exception. With all the uncertainty that characterizes our present situation, I thought this might impact our effort in a negative way: it turns out my fears were unfounded. I continue to be struck – floored, really – by the remarkable loyalty of our readership, which has held steady for over 20 years. It’s quite a phenomenon, especially in a realm – cyberspace – where yesterday’s sensation is all too often today’s dud.
One trend that I can report is that, while the median amount has varied – generally going up or down with the direction of the economy – the number of contributions has increased, slowly but surely. And judging from the letters I get, and the feedback on Twitter, the range of our supporters is quite broad: libertarians, conservatives, progressives, old-fashioned liberals, a smattering of Marxists, and – more recently – a large number of Trump voters. Now that’s what I call diversity!
Many thanks to one and all.
I was going to title this note “I’m On Vacation” – but, actually, I’m not really on vacation: I mean, what kind of vacation involves X-rays, stress tests, etc.? The truth is I’ve got some health concerns, which I’ve been putting off under the pressure of constant deadlines – and my reluctance to deal with the Question of Mortality – but have been persuaded that continuing this policy is most unwise.
Enough about me: after all, it’s the column you care about! This will resume on Wednesday, June 14th, when I’ll be back at the same old stand – that is, barring some Emergency that requires a premature reappearance. So stay tuned, and I’ll see you then.
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You can check out my Twitter feed by going here. But please note that my tweets are sometimes deliberately provocative, often made in jest, and largely consist of me thinking out loud.
I’ve written a couple of books, which you might want to peruse. Here is the link for buying the second edition of my 1993 book, Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement, with an Introduction by Prof. George W. Carey, a Foreword by Patrick J. Buchanan, and critical essays by Scott Richert and David Gordon (ISI Books, 2008).
You can buy An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000), my biography of the great libertarian thinker, here.