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Several things …

1. Starting tomorrow, Sunday, September 22 at 8:00 a.m. (presumably PDT), the Kindle edition of Basics of Resistance will be on sale for $0.99. Every 50 hours the price will increase until it’s back up to its normal $3.99 after a week.

Grab it while you can. Please tell your friends.


2. Thinking about your Christmas shopping already? Well, probably not unless you’re one of those people. But sometime in October or November, I will have 20-some autographed copies of the trade paperback version of Basics of Resistance. If all goes well, they’ll be signed by both Kit Perez and me. Great gifts for your Outlaw friends and relatives.


3. If you’re a regular reader, you know that Amazon dumped me ignominiously and with zero notice from its Associates program. Whether this was another deliberate and typical “progressive” deplatforming of a libertarian blogger or they really were upset about a rule I apparently broke eight years ago, we may never know.

They did, however, dump me with warmest regards. I simply can’t tell you how much better that made me feel.

Associates commissions had been the blog’s largest regular monthly income source for years.

Amazon notified me I was persona non grata one day after I re-stated my pledge never to have another blog fundraiser except in case of dire emergency. That’s still my intention. I do, however, need to re-establish the broad monthly base of small contributions that Amazon made so effortlessly possible.

There are now four ways to make those small contributions:

  • If you like an individual post, you can buy me a coffee.
  • If you like the entire blog, you can give monthly support via SubscribeStar (which defaults to a $4.99 a month contribution).
  • Or you can subscribe via Patreon, which enables contributions from $1 on up.
  • If you want to avoid the middlemen and you have a PayPal account, you can also set up a monthly donation direct from your account to mine.

I hate to say it, but since I announced the new options several weeks ago, response has been dismal. Almost nil. I’ve received three “coffees” (two from the same person). Two or three existing patreons have upped their monthly pledges. Two new patreons have signed on. And nobody has opted for SubscribeStar.

Several faithful readers have PayPaled or snailed donations and I’m grateful for their kindness. One dear supporter made sure I wouldn’t be hurting for a long time. But what the blog and I need is a small, but predictable monthly infusion that comes from a broad base of readers. Just like Amazon used to supply. But there are no other affiliate programs as effective as Amazon.

Since readers have jumped in generously during all three past blog fundraisers, I’m guessing the problem isn’t lack of interest, but a dislike of the online small-contribution model. And I can understand that.

Still, I hope the blog has value to you and that you will support it, even if all you can manage is Patreon’s $1-a-month level.

Thank you!


  1. FishOrMan
    FishOrMan September 21, 2019 6:58 pm

    I sent Amazon a notice about my dislike for what they had done to you. They responded with they could only look into the situation if the associate account holder, you, requested an appeal. There is a pulldown menu option on this page, just for (Closed Account Appeal). Pretty sure there are enough Amazon customers, us, to get you started again.


    This is Summer from the Amazon Associates Program. I hope you all are having a great weekend!

    I definitely understand your concerns regarding her affiliate account.

    However, we are unable to share any information for the account with anyone but the account holder.

    I would recommend instructing the account holder to reach out to us themselves so we can take a look at available options.

    Thank you for reaching out to us, have a wonderful day.

    We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the buttons below to vote about your experience today.

    Best regards,
    Summer W.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X September 22, 2019 8:08 am

    FishOrman, good idea, I will do the same. I canceled Amazon Prime when they did this to Claire and will express to them just that.

  3. Claire
    Claire September 24, 2019 9:19 am

    Thank you, FishOrMan. You’re always very kind.

    And you know, I think I will appeal that Amazon verdict now that it appears it can be done in writing. Way back when, the last time I appealed anything, it had to be done by phone and it was not so much an actual appeals process as a tool of the devil created to cause people to hate one another.

    I still don’t have high hopes, but I’ll state my case, inspired by you and Comrade X.

  4. John Wilder
    John Wilder September 25, 2019 8:33 pm

    How will one be able to buy the book?

  5. Claire
    Claire September 27, 2019 10:39 am

    Thanks for the query, John Wilder. I’ll have copies of the autographed books & will mail them out personally to buyers. People will be able to pay for the books either using PayPal or a snailed payment. More details later, after I know when the books will be in hand.

  6. Paul Joat
    Paul Joat September 28, 2019 7:35 am

    FishOrMan, for some reason I’m not allowed to participate in that giveaway.

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