So we're a few days into Reason's annual webathon and we're asking readers of this site to pony up $150,000 in support of our fearless libertarian journalism in Reason print, online, and video editions.
The contributions are tax-deductible and you can pay in Bitcoin if you got 'em.
Why should you help us out? Click on the interview above. It's with David Simon, the man behind The Wire, widely recognized as one of the very best TV shows of all time, and Treme, which begins its final season this week on HBO . Despite many areas of agreement, it's a contentious interview and it sparked a hostile response from Simon that led to our posting of the full audio version of our conversation.
Let me suggest that this sort of interaction is one of the unique things we do: We engage the world—and the people we admire—in a way that is not only rare but invaluable. Across all of our platforms, Reason journalists are testing the world, probing, kicking the tires and finding out what's what. And we're also always constantly trying to interrogate the limits of the libertarian perspective so that we're presenting the best arguments and visions for a better world. Finally, we also try to do all this with a sense of fun and adventure and brio rather than out of grim duty or terror and apprehension about what might come next.
If you like reading and watching Reason—if you find our content stimulating, provocative, infuriating, inspiring, valuable—please consider helping us reach our target goal for the 2013 webathon.
And give the final season of Treme a shot. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, the show is a fascinating meditation on the tension between a reverence for the past and "authenticity" and the absolute need to change and progress into the future. The trick—and I'm sure the final season will explore this in a way that only a master like Simon can do—is how to respect and learn from the past without becoming hopelessly stuck in it.