In a year when Twitter cancelled the US President and the oldest masthead in America, somehow I was able to keep writing. Largely because many readers chip in to cover the costs. In the cancel culture era, when institutions became weapons, lone bloggers living off donations were able to say things even most newspapers found unsayable. Real freedom is writing with no large sponsor, no major advertiser, no platform to toss us off, no editor to boss us around, and no committee to answer to. The government can’t take away a grant it never gave me, or a permit I don’t need. Cancel culture can’t scare away advertisers or cut nebulous revenue-streams.
Who knew being so focused on writing and not on revenue would turn out to be an asset?
I am not dependent on any organization, but I am of course, dependent on my readers, which is exactly how it should be. It’s one small case of We the people, writing for the people, instead of serving Coke, Pfizer or the Ministry of Infection. When no one holds the strings, everyone does.
So here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas, and asking if you wouldn’t mind helping […]
December 22, 2021 at 02:40PM