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Another Brick in the Paywall

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Persian archers, glazed bricks from the palace of Darius I at Susa.

1,376 words

Counter-Currents is trying to raise $200,000 this year to sustain and improve our work. Since last week’s update, we have received 46 donations totaling $8,290.45 for a total of 66 donations and a total of $14,827.45 since we started our fundraiser on March 10th. This is an astonishing outpouring of generosity, for which we are deeply grateful. Full information on how to donate appears below.

Our latest fundraising outreach is our “paywall.”

Beginning Monday, April 12th, Counter-Currents will be extending special privileges to those who donate $120 or more per year.

First, donor comments will appear immediately instead of waiting in a moderation queue. (People who abuse this privilege will lose it.)

Second, donors will have immediate access to all Counter-Currents posts. Non-donors will find that one post a day, five posts a week will be behind a “paywall” and will be available to the general public after 30 days.

Naturally, we do not grant permission to other websites to repost paywall content before 30 days have passed.

I think of a paywall subscription as analogous to paying extra for priority mail. We are routinely willing to pay out more money to get things delivered two or three days faster. In this case, it is 30 days faster.

What will go behind the paywall? The short answer is: stuff you really want to see, including:

We generally won’t put things behind the paywall that deal with current events. Instead, we will focus on evergreen material that won’t seem irrelevant after 30 days.

How do you access these privileges?

First, if you have given $120 or more since the beginning of 2020, you will be automatically enrolled for one year. This program is primarily designed to get new people to contribute. We don’t want to ding longtime generous donors for extra money.

Second, because of credit card deplatforming, we can’t take your payment instantly. So we will not institute the paywall feature until April 12. That should give you enough time to dust off your checkbook or learn about cryptocurrencies and money transfers.

Third, without credit cards, we cannot do recurring monthly charges for the paywall feature. Furthermore, it would be an administrative nightmare to take monthly payments by check or cryptocurrencies. Thus we simply have to charge you for a single year all at once: $120. That’s less than 33 cents/day.

This is a lot to take in, I know. But you’ve got until April 12th to think about it and prepare, and we will put out weekly reminders.

[2]As an incentive to act now, everyone who joins the paywall between now and Monday, April 12th will receive a free paperback copy of my next book, The Year America Died, which collects together writings — some of them not yet published — from the annus horribilus 2020 about the globalvirus, the race war, the Trumpocalypse, and how white advocates can use them to advance our agenda. The volume also includes some essays from 2018, 2019, and 2021 dealing with related issues. This book will be released on June 1st.

All paywall subscriptions will count toward our fundraising goal.

To subscribe to the paywall, we need three things from you: your name, your payment, and an email address. Naturally, the most secure address does not contain your real name and is from an encrypted email provider like Protonmail. We will then set you up with an account to which you can log in to comment and access paywalled content. To register, just fill out this form and we will walk you through the payment process.

Since we first announced the paywall, friends have suggested that we add other options, including two year subscriptions at a discount ($220, a savings of $20) and lifetime subscriptions. I’ve decided on $1,400 for lifetime subscriptions, since that is the amount of the recent American COVID stimulus checks. Stimulating white identity politics might not be exactly what the Biden administration was hoping for, but it’s your money now.



    Thanks for being “another brick in the paywall.” We appreciate your loyal readership and support.

    Greg Johnson

    Editor-in-Chief

    How to Donate to Counter-Currents

    Counter-Currents, like all advocates of dissident ideas, depends upon the generosity of readers like you to survive and thrive. If you are a past donor, welcome back. If you are contemplating making your first donation, do it in thanks to the past donors that made it possible for you to find Counter-Currents, and pay it forward so others can experience the same delight in discovery.

    There are several ways to help out.

    1. Credit Cards

    In 2019, Counter-Currents was de-platformed from five credit card processors. We applied to a couple of other processors but were turned down. In the process of applying, we discovered that Counter-Currents has been put on the so-called MATCH list, a credit card industry blacklist reserved for vendors with high rates of chargebacks and fraudulent transactions. This is completely inapplicable to Counter-Currents. Thus our placement on this list is simply a lie — a financially damaging lie — that is obviously political in motivation.

    Currently the only way we can take credit card donations is through Entropy, a site that takes donations and comments for livestreams. Visit our Entropy page [3] and select “send paid chat.” Entropy allows you to donate any amount from $3 and up. All comments will be read and discussed in the next episode of Counter-Currents Radio, which airs every weekend.

    2. Bank Transfers

    It is also possible to support Counter-Currents with bank transfers. Please contact us at [email protected] [4].

    3. Gift Cards

    Gift cards are a useful way to make donations. Gift cards are available with all the major credit cards as well as from major retailers. You can either send gift cards as donations (either electronically or through the mail), or you can use them to make donations. Simply buy a prepaid credit card and click here [5] to use it. If you can find a place that sells gift cards for cash, they are as anonymous as sending cash and much safer.

    4. Cash, Checks and Money Orders

    Sometimes the old ways are best. The least “de-platformable” way to send donations to Counter-Currents is to put a check or money order in the mail. Simply print and complete the Word [6] or PDF [7] donation form and mail it to:

    Counter-Currents Publishing, Ltd.
    P.O. Box 22638
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    USA
    [email protected]

    Thank you, Boomers, for keeping your checkbooks, envelopes, and stamps. There are youngsters reading this site who have never written a check or put a letter in the mail.

    5. Bill Payment Services

    If you wish to make monthly donations by mail, see if your bank has a bill payment service. Then all you need to do is set up a monthly check to be dispatched by mail to our PO box. This check can be made out to Counter-Currents or to Greg Johnson. After the initial bother of setting it up, you never have to think about it again.

    6. Crypto-Currencies

    In addition to old-fashioned paper donations, those new-fangled crypto-currencies are a good way to circumvent censorious credit card corporations.

    7. The Counter-Currents Foundation

    Note: Donations to Counter-Currents Publishing are not tax deductible. We do, however, have a 501c3 tax-exempt educational corporation called The Counter-Currents Foundation. If you want to make a tax-deductible gift, please email me at [email protected] [10]. You can send donations by mail to:

    The Counter-Currents Foundation
    P.O. Box 22638
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    USA

    8. Remember Us in Your Will

    Finally, we would like to broach a very delicate topic: your will. If you are planning your estate, please think about how you can continue helping the cause even after you are gone. The essay Majority Estate Planning [11]” contains many helpful suggestions.

    Remember: those who fight for a better world live in it today.

    Thank you again for your loyal readership and generous support.

    Greg Johnson