Reason Webathon Target Upworthied to $150,000 After Shock $50,000 Donation!

It's gettin' real in the Whole Foods parking lot. |||Things just got real on Day Two of Reason's annual webathon, during which we humbly grovel for your shekels and fiat currencies and Bitcoin to help us shower the world with ever-more awesome libertarian journalism, commentary, and generalized wonderfulness. As beloved commenters BakedPenguin and Warty noted earlier today, some donor just dropped a $50,000 KABOOM into the kitty, propelling us more than three-quarters of the way toward our week-long goal of compiling $100,000 in libertarian-journalism seed money.

So, naturally, we're raising the bar to $150,000.

The gift, from a Friend o' Reason who wishes to remain anonymous, is a direct challenge to raise the stakes on what Nick Gillespie has boldly proclaimed as our new Libertarian Era. The time is now—just head over to Gallup.com to see a constant stream of libertarian-friendly indicators: "Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Gov't Drops to New Low," "Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low," "Perceived Need for 3rd Party Reaches New High," "Majority in U.S. Say Health Care Not Gov’t Responsibility," "For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana," "Death Penalty Support Lowest in More Than 40 Years," and so on. There's a whole swath of public opinion and government policy (and hopefully lack thereof) up for grabs like never before, so let's accept this challenge to storm that breach, mix that metaphor, and nevermind those bollocks!   

Won't you please donate some of your tax-deductible loot to Reason right the hell now?

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  • mr simple||

    Libertarians, always moving the goalposts.

  • Invisible Finger||

    If they wanted X number of donations, rather than X number of dollars, they should have said so at the beginning.

    So fuck 'em if they get a donation from me now.

    If I were the 50K donator, I'd consider rescinding the donation for such goalpost moving.

  • Joao||

    Go away and never come back to this site, haughty cheapskate.

  • ||

    Reason does journalism? It's my impression that they mostly paste in and link to other people's journalism.

    I read it as ever-more suggesting 'increasing' as opposed to 'evermore' meaning 'always'.

    The awesomeness is there between the links and more money will, presumably, increase it.

  • MJGreen||

    Yep, the magazine is just articles from the NYTimes and Wash Post stapled together.

  • OneOut||

    No.

    Reason is the comments.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Inteed, sometimes I skip the articles entirely if I can predict what will be said with any degree of certainty.

  • waffles||

    I think that donation should eclipse whatever Taboola is paying you. Seriously it is making you look bad.

  • tarran||

    ^^^^ THIS

  • ||

    What are we talking about? I'm lost.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    Look at the ads just above the commentary...

    You May Like by Taboola

  • tarran||


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  • RBS||

    Somehow I found an add on that blocks that shit...

  • BakedPenguin||

    Yeah, do they even show up on non-mobiles?

  • ||

    Wow those are really terrible.

  • Zeb||

    Fucking stupid bullshit links to ads disguised as news stories. Not good, reason.

  • Entropy Void||

    ^^^ THIS.
    ^^^ A thousand times THIS.

    Not one red cent while I breathe and you continue to run that "you may like this by Taboola".

    Take that 50k windfall and tell Taboola to go die in a fire.

    You hear me, Welch? JACKET???

    I MAY leave you something in my will 'cos I like your newsletter and wish to posthumously subscribe.

    ... and that way I don't have to read the Taboola shit.

    'cos I'm dead.

  • ||

    C'mon, Matt. Nothing Warty might have on you should justify referring to him as "beloved."

  • Warty||

    "Large and in charge commenter Warty"

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    "Um....otherworldly commenter Warty."

  • John||

    I guess you finally pulled off that Brinks job you had been talking about. Congratulations.

  • Killaz||

    No, it's official, you're beloved like a black child in a Tony Morrison novel. That's worth a Nelson 'ha! ha!'

    I like to think I'm more of the 'barely tolerated in these respectable quarters' type.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    Sheer dread...I mean, wouldn't you? Warty frightens me, and I ain't skeered o' nuthin'!

  • ||

    I fear no man...but warty scares me.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I came here to say this. BP Beloved...maybe, Warty? Our resident law suit liability? The creature from the deep? The no carb eating, bemuscled, monster? How on earth could all that concentrated Death Metal(as well as slasher, heavy, prog, punk, alternative, and other adjectives metal) ever be beloved but by the likes of Epi?

    Beloved...that used to be reserved for Dagny. I am disapoint.

  • Raymond Luxury Yach-t||

    i·ro·ny1
    ˈīrənē,ˈiərnē/
    noun
    noun: irony

    1.
    the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

  • BakedPenguin||

    As beloved commenters BakedPenguin...

    Thanks, Matt. I swear the donation on my next payday was going to happen anyway.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    DON'T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD!

    Remember your humble roots here, slaving away in the comment mines!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Wait, you're saying I can't demand that nicole come to my place and belove me?

    Damn it.

  • ||

    Wait, you don't have orphans making these comments for you? A team of orphan commandos is on their way to strip you of your Libertarian Purity badge.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    I farmed them all out to jess's Adorphan scheme, er, business.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I'm going to suspect that nothing will ever be good enough for certain bar graphs.

  • Pro Libertate||

    $50,000? Penn?

  • JW||

    I can't imagine him doing anything anonymously.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Okay, Teller.

    I finally saw them live in St. Pete. Wish they'd tour more.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    Shriek was right on his shorting of gold!!!!!!!!

    Well, maybe not.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Maybe it was shreek - he wants to pay for his porn.

  • RBS||

    The time is now—just head over to Gallup.com to see a constant stream of libertarian-friendly indicators: "Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Gov't Drops to New Low," "Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low," "Perceived Need for 3rd Party Reaches New High," "Majority in U.S. Say Health Care Not Gov’t Responsibility," "For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana," "Death Penalty Support Lowest in More Than 40 Years," and so on.

    Women and minorities hardest hit...

  • tarran||

    I think this momentous event calls for another installment in the adventures of Warty Hugeman.

  • tarran||

    Hello?....

    Hello?....

    Sugarfree?...

    Is this thing on?

  • Pro Libertate||

    He's the one who made the donation. See, the time value of money is the reason he got into time travel in the first place. The donation only cost him $5.00.

  • JW||

    So, naturally, we're raising the bar to $150,000.

    You just can't please some people.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    What does a fiddy K donation buy you, anyway?

  • JW||

    TWO t-shirts.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    The whereabouts of Lucy?

  • Pro Libertate||

    An intern, of course.

  • RBS||

    Didn't Lucy start as an intern?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, but they sold her last year. For a really big TV. Nick wanted the new HQ to look like a NORAD facility.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The ambassador from Slate will see the big board!

  • Loki||

    I thought he wanted it look like the bridge of the Enterprise. Specifically the J.J. Abrams version.

    "MOAR LENSEFLARE!"

  • Rasilio||

    OT: They keep calling it the "affordable" care act. I don't think that word means what they think it means

    http://www.fortwaynehomepage.n.....UhTG9OA7hg

    'Imagine getting your mail and finding out you'll owe thousands of dollars more next year on health insurance, when you've had the same policy for over a decade. This is what happened to a local couple who received this shocking news, just weeks after the new health care law went into effect.

    Even if you don't sign up for Obamacare, that doesn't mean your insurance won't be affected. A local couple received an unfortunate letter in their mailbox just a couple days ago.

    "The amount of the increase of our insurance could pay for a 4 year college education for one of our kids." - says Tony and Kay Mellencamp who own East of Chicago Pizza and need health insurance because Kay almost died of a brain aneurysm last year.

    The cost of their healthcare is going up to over $1,700 a month."
  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, they'll make it affordable through inflation.

  • Loki||

    Tony and Kay Mellencamp who own East of Chicago Pizza

    They're business owners, so that means they're rich, so fuck 'em. Winners and Losers and all that. /PROG DERP

  • Entropy Void||

    Deep Dish Business owners?

  • Sevo||

    But they still support Obo, right?

  • RBS||

    I'm already a subscriber do I really need to donate more? I have a related question: Since I am a subscriber what do I get if I gift a subscription to someone?

  • gaijin||

    What does Reason want? More!

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    When do they want it? Now!

  • Almanian!||

    i'm picturing this as a counter chant at the next G20 Summit...

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    "Top hatted and be-monocled counter-protestors were heard chanting..."

  • ||

    Just like this.

  • ||

    That's awesome. I love the response when the guy asks about himself.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    beloved commenters BakedPenguin and Warty

    But not by Virginia Postrel.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Anything Warty "notes" is not long for the world.

  • Almanian!||

    This is teh awsum. Now I feel like a little bitch 99%er. I'll be making my meager donation shortly....

    Congrats, Reason! Thanks, AnonoDonor!

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    Thanks, AnonoDonor!

    Wait, are you saying that LimpoSimpo came back and coughed up that kind of coin?!?!

  • Almanian!||

    .....it's as if you were predicting my next post....

  • Almanian!||

    Wow! Jack Frapp is jsut not gonna like this one bit!

    www.anonodonor.com/Reasonable/Kochtopus

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    Damn you and your 60 second faster posting!

  • Almanian!||

    Great minds and all.

    I'd love to have a party at my house and invite every reasonoid. Even Choney. (but not Mary - she's not a Reasonoid)

    Would that be a hoot? Yes. Yes, it would.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    I would bring plenty of single malt.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    homebrew and good Nicaraguan cigars too.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    The homebrew this crowd could produce would be dynamite.

  • Zeb||

    I could probably be convinced to travel to whatever godforsaken place you live in for that.

  • ||

    You need to set up a webcam and chatroom for those who can't make it physically.

  • The Last American Hero||

    We should do it - despite the numerous posters, there are only 4 of us. Who's mom's basement will we have it at?

  • Bee Tagger||

    The gift, from a Friend o' Reason who wishes to remain anonymous

    But now we won't be able to find out which happens faster, the audit of a person critical of Obamacare or the person who donates 50 thousand to a website critical of Obamacare.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    But I want LESS.

    Less theft.

    Less oppression.

    Less communitarianism.

  • Winston||

    "Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Gov't Drops to New Low," "Congressional Approval Sinks to Record Low," "Perceived Need for 3rd Party Reaches New High

    I'm sure Germany was filled with similar attitudes in 1932...

  • John||

    I am sure you are sure of most things you pull out of your ass.

  • Andrew S.||

    Wow. That was even sub-Tulpa. Congratulations; I didn't think that was possible.

  • Swiss Servator, referendiffic!||

    "That was even sub-Tulpa"

    *rises to vigorously applaud*

  • Winston||

    Libertarian Era? When was the last time the government actually got smaller?

  • Sevo||

    Winston|12.5.13 @ 4:29PM|#
    "Libertarian Era? When was the last time the government actually got smaller?"

    '63. Somebody shot the president, so there was one less.

  • Agammamon||

    That's crap - maybe, *maybe* some nice guy just wanted to get past the yearly telethon and now you've gone and screwed him over.

  • Malkavian||

    I donated a $100. Have of it is dedicated to Reason Foundation, and another half to The Dictatorship of The Commentariat. You people run one of the most entertaining and occasionally clever message boards out there. Keep up the good work.

  • Joao||

    FALSE, I also donated $100. Once they announced $50,000 donation, all the haters/snarks came out of the woodwork.

    Talk is cheap, and that's all the commentors are doing.

    Would that this were a paid subscription; it would keep all those who can't cut it (and a check) out.

    If you appreciate the reporting on this site, PAY UP or SHUT UP!

    Freedom isn't free, freeloaders.

  • ||

    *Yawn*.

  • Joao||

    What? Saving up for an Xbox, punk?

    Yeah, conviction is boring.

  • ||

    *Double yawn*. Try harder.

  • ||

    Freedom isn't free. No there's a hefty f***in fee. And if we don't all chip in our buck o five who will. Ooooh, freedom costs a buck o five.

  • ||

    You people run one of the most entertaining and occasionally clever message boards out there

    Thanks, it's all due to their centrally planned nature.

  • Malkavian||

    Hell yes! STEVE SMITH is your enforcer.. i wound't want to cross him.

  • Malkavian||

    I believe at least some of them are subscribers. And others put together links and/or contribute valuable insights. I'd say, commentariat pulls its weight around here.

  • ||

    SELL YOUR BITCOINS NOW AND DONATE TO LIBERTARIAN CAUSES.

    SELL THEM BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.

  • Joao||

    Could be...

  • robc||

    Baked and Warty get a hat tip but I dont?

    Fuck that.

  • ||

    Do you really want to be associated with those...those...commenters?

  • MoMark||

    "Death Penalty Support Lowest in More Than 40 Years,"

    Interesting! I didn't know Libertarians and Reason magizine were against the death penalty.

  • Malkavian||

    Giving the State a legal right to kill people for its needs is troublesome.

  • ||

    Non-aggression typically means not killing people.

  • Christophe||

    Given how badly the government fucks up due process, it ought to make you a little uncomfortable with using the death penalty as a punishment.

    If the government wasn't routinely demonstrating how it shouldn't be trusted with basic police powers, maybe we'd have a different take on it.

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  • TallDave||

    Aha! The mystery donor revealed.

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