September 24, 2002


We need more help – badly! My recent appeal to you has met with some support – and we truly thank those who responded – but quite honestly – it’s not enough! And unless we can quickly raise some more money we may need to do the unthinkable: radically cut back’s operations.

And now – with the War Party raging – would be the worst time for this to happen. For starters, we might need to cut my column back from three times a week to just once! We might need to abandon our burgeoning campus outreach program, which has generated so much interest that our small staff can hardly keep up with it! (I’m scheduled to go speak at five universities and a major policy conference in Washington starting next week – and we’re hoping this will snowball.) And kind of a victim of our own success, we might not be able to afford the site enhancements we’ve scheduled to begin rolling out over the next two months (our new "email an article" feature is one such item). And, very sadly indeed, we might need to cut back other columnists – we feel our original material from India, Israel, the Balkans, East Asia, and elsewhere – gives us and you an edge we would hate to lose! All this when the War Party is driving our web traffic through the roof. This past weekend was our biggest in the history of the website.

So, is this the moment to retreat and let the War Party roll over us? I’m sure you agree with me on this: of course not! The War Party has millions to throw around. A relentless stream of war propaganda is being broadcast across the country on a daily basis by this administration and its amen corner in the media. But we have succeeded in countering it, to a large extent, on a much much smaller budget. We don’t have any frills around the office, and we work, on a lean budget, pretty much around the clock. All we ask is for enough to be able to keep working.

Please contribute.

I know you’re busy. I know this has been a tough year and I think the Fall has been dismal, too. But if all you contribute even a little, can keep doing the work you value so much. Otherwise, without your vital help, as of November 1, we will have to cut our staff down from three to one and a half – and I get to be the half!

This is a critical moment. Opposition to the war is mounting, but so is the pressure to start the shooting. If goes down, a casualty of the war hysteria, then you’ll just have to depend on the "mainstream" media to report the truth about this war – and if that doesn’t convince you to send us some cash a.s.a.p., then nothing will.

Last May we raised some $25,000 – the basic minimum necessary to survive for five months. We’re not even halfway to that point yet. We can put off paying our bills, but only for so long. Creditors will soon come knocking on our door. So we’re knocking on yours.

Remember, unless we reach our goal, the cutbacks will start pretty soon – and you’ll notice it. Less updating, less original material, and a general slowdown. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your contribution can make a difference – so send it today. Believe me, it will be appreciated -- more than mere words can convey.

– Justin Raimondo

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Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996). He is an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Libertarian Studies, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard.