The horizon is not so far as we can see, but as far as we can imagine

$600 Matching Donations + Fundraiser Update

A generous reader has offered to match donations up to a total of $600. So, if you value my writing and can…


When the matching funds are used up, I’ll put up a quick post.

We’re at $9,535.18 raised. The next tier is at $10K, and is:

A longish look at the theory of revolutions: How, when and why do they happen? I’ll be drawing on people like Randall Collins and Michael Mann. Most of what they have is based on the experience of Agrarian empires, so I’ll try and extend it a bit to industrial nations, and also look at what it means for a world system to collapse. World systems prior to capitalism didn’t include the entire world (and capitalism didn’t till the mid-19th century), so we can see what comes thinking about it.

If we hit 11.5K, the last tier is:

An essay on the effect of computer and telecom technology on humanity. Back in the 1990s, in his book Technopoly, Neil Postman predicted it would be bad for most people. I would argue it has, or will be, but we’ll take a look at the ups and downs, the effects on economics, geopolitics, and daily life. As with the advents of writing, printing, and firearms, the early results may not be the same as those in the longer term, so we’ll try and figure out some of those.

I’ll shut the fundraiser down next week (I’ll write one last update before I do.) I deeply appreciate everyone who’s given this year; it’s been a tough year.



Today’s Center Is Yesterday’s Extreme


Matching Funds Reached, Thank You


  1. Ché Pasa

    I’ve only been able to contribute a little less than last year and this time as a subscriber rather than a lump sum. But we do what we can!

    Thanks Ian !

  2. Ian Welsh

    Thanks Che Pasa. Any donation or subscription is definitely appreciated.

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