Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bootstraps Incorporated

Megan McArdle on Twitter:

Reason EIC trying to pimp out the irresistible lure of my husband. Everything they say about libertarians is true.

Reason Magazine is schnorring for donations.
Give to Reason! Because Peter Suderman's Obamacare Articles (or Star Wars Costumes) Won't Pay for Themselves! It's Reason Webathon season, ladies and Germans, which can only mean two things: 1) It is time to please give us all (or maybe most?) of your tax-deductible extra cash dollar bills RIGHT THE HELL NOW in order to secure the blessings of libertarian journalism forever and ever (or at least until next year), amen, with the crazy-ambitious goal of hitting $200,000 in donations for the week; and 2) In order to woo you, I am going to pimp out the irrestible lure of our most beloved senior staffers, starting with the one-of-a-kind Computerman, Obamacare-plus writer/reporter/editor Peter Suderman!  
So like, remember where you first heard about Grubergate? MAYBE IT WAS RIGHT HERE AT REASON, BECAUSE OF PETER SUDERMAN. Please donate today!  
Do you know how more and more people have been saying huh, this President Obama fellow, maybe he and his administration haven't been exactly square when it comes to selling their signature bit of domestic policy? Well they should have been reading Peter's great cover story, "They Lied," which was a detailed yet somehow prescient point-by-point breakdown of the dozen lies and broken promises that came with the Obamacare rollout.  
Perhaps you recall the heart-rending tale of Obamacare poster boy Chad Henderson? You know, the kid who lied to all kinds of gullible press outlets about how he was able to buy insurance during the troubled early days of the Obamacare exchanges? That lie was a Peter Suderman scoop.  
But Our Pete is no one-trick pony, no! He is also a terrible, terrible nerd, who writes about movies and television and video games and other things that humans actually enjoy more than talking about people named "Gruber." He is a frequent guest and occasional guest-host with the phenomenal Fox Business Network television program The Independents; he goes on MSNBC to take "Free Minds and Free Markets" to even more exotic locales, and remember ladies: He's married!  
Do you appreciate the work of Peter Suderman? OF COURSE YOU DO YOU ARE NOT STUPID. So: How do you get more from Peter Suderman? (A question I often find myself asking.) Well, start by donating to our Webathon THIS INSTANT, preferably with a comical suggestion about what stories Peter should (or shouldn't!) write in the next 12 months.  
For a full listing of giving levels and swaglets, click here. Your gift is crucial to our survival and thrival, so please, give until it's uncomfortable. We accept donations via credit card, Paypal, Amazon Payments and (of course) Bitcoin. Do it now!

Give Reason lots and lots of money so P. Suderman, boy film critic, can continue his ratf****ing career and pay for the sous vide machine he bought his wife to go with their $1500 Thermomix. Because Reason can't survive on merit, and the Koches expect the organizations they set up to become self-supporting.

By the way, what did Ayn Rand say about donations? Mr. Jane Galt might be interested.

Ayn Rand
“It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It's easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It's simple to seek substitutes for competence--such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


Anonymous said...

Fun factoid: The free thinking free market guys at reason are so good, that in 2012, they recorded a $7234 loss from fundraising activity.

Wonder what Midas Mulligan would have to say about that.

Clever Pseudonym said...

Susan, please tell me that Reason quote is satire on your part? Please.

Susan of Texas said...

I could never make that up.

Susan of Texas said...

Give more to Peter Suderman! He and his wife are top 10% in income, have a Victorian rowhouse, go on frequent vacations, taxi everywhere, spend openly on necessities and frequently on desires.

Give until it hurts, little computer programmer or legacy pledge!

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