Welcome to our new site.
The new site looks similar to the old one, but both inside and outside it is less cluttered and more functional. On the front page, we have preserved the basic blog format, with our featured posts in the main panel, most recent at the top. But we have also added a column on the sidebar that displays the author and title of our 50 most recent posts.
The rationale for this feature is that Counter-Currents puts up around 80 posts a month. People who visit the site daily usually don’t miss a post. But those who come at greater intervals miss out on posts of interest that debut and fall off the main page since their last visit. The new column allows one to take in at a glance everything that has been published in roughly the last two-and-a-half weeks. Like the main page, it is arranged chronologically with the most recent item at the top.
There is also an option for light and dark display modes. Some readers find the dark mode easier on their eyes.
Whenever a new site rolls out, there are always some problems. Please email me at [email protected] if you notice anything.
I have chosen this day to unveil the new site for a good reason. One year ago today, I announced that Counter-Currents had lost its last credit card processor. When we tried to find new processors, we were informed that we had been placed on a political blacklist, the MATCH list, administered by MasterCard.
The loss of credit card processing was a severe blow, especially as it fell at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and recession. But Counter-Currents survived and prospered. In fact, in 2020 we brought in slightly more money than in 2019. We lost a lot of supporters who were wedded to the convenience of credit cards. But our most committed supporters pulled together, learned both new and old ways of making payments, and gave more to pick up the slack. We are profoundly grateful.
But credit card deplatforming still managed to hurt us. Yes, our income remained steady. But it remained steady while our traffic was dramatically rising. In February of 2020, we had 154,910 unique visitors. In February of 2021, we had 418,919 unique visitors. Such a dramatic increase in traffic should have meant a similar increase in revenue. It didn’t work out that way partly because new readers may want to help out but don’t follow through because they are wedded to plastic. Thus we need to do more to increase their desire and lower their resistance to donating.
This brings us to another feature of our new site. On 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.
What will go behind the paywall? The short answer is: stuff you really want to see, including:
- Most of my new articles and reviews
- The reposts of our weekly livestreams
- Selected works by our most popular authors like Jim Goad, Robert Hampton, Spencer Quinn, Collin Cleary, Beau Albrecht, Nicholas Jeelvy, Morris V. de Camp, James O’Meara, Kathryn S., Richard Houck, Margot Metroland, and more.
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 for one month. 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.
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.
It was our custom at Counter-Currents to launch our annual fundraiser on June 11th, the anniversary of our going online in 2010. Last year, we started on March 10th because it was an emergency. It proved a wise choice, because we needed the extra time to make our goal of $150,000 without a credit card processor. I am now making it our new custom to begin fundraising on March 10th.
This year, our goal is $200,000, up from last year for two reasons. First, we have a lot more readers. Second, last year’s goal was set before we took on Jim Goad as a featured writer. We need the extra money not only to pay his salary but also to take on other “names,” i.e., established professional writers who will bring us new audiences.
All paywall subscriptions will count toward our fundraising goal.
To subscribe to the paywall, we need three things from you: your name, $120, 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.
Thank you for your loyal readership and support in this exciting new chapter of our journey.
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 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].
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 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 or PDF donation form and mail it to:
Counter-Currents Publishing, Ltd.
P.O. Box 22638
San Francisco, CA 94122
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.
In addition to old-fashioned paper donations, those new-fangled crypto-currencies are a good way to circumvent censorious credit card corporations.
- Click here to go to our crypto donation page.
- Click here for a basic primer on how to get started using crypto. Do not, however, use COINBASE. COINBASE will not allow you to send money to Counter-Currents. (Yes, it is that bad.)
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]. You can send donations by mail to:
The Counter-Currents Foundation
P.O. Box 22638
San Francisco, CA 94122
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” 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.
Paywall Launch, Monday, April 12th
The Oslo Incident
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Our Big, Beautiful Wall
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 332 Greg Johnson, Millennial Woes, & Fróði Midjord
Another Brick in the Paywall
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 331 Greg Johnson, Millennial Woes, Fróði Midjord, & Mark Weber
The Counter-Currents 2021 Fundraiser: Off to a Good Start