The 1858 debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas over the issue of slavery were notable for their erudite discussion of an important policy matter. Now we don’t talk about issues, we talk about political viability in terms of how much the candidates have to spend. Ideas? Not so much.
Got some bad financial news.
Now more than ever, I need you to support my cartooning career. If I can double my level of Patreon support, I’ll be able to weather my current financial troubles and continue to draw cartoons and write essays that strive to make a real difference! If you are not already pitching in, please click here. Thanks!
yours truly in Kabul in 2010, researching my most recent book
NPR is begging for cash – and people give them hundreds of millions, even while they parrot government talking points. Meanwhile, throughout the Bush years – and the Obama years – independent political cartoonists have been some of the few commentators shining a light on the truth, speaking uncomfortable truths. No talking points for us. No comfy sinecures or $300,000-a-year paychecks (look up how much NPR talkers make). Just lots of rejection emails.
The Nation, Mother Jones, The Progressive, The Jacobin, First Look Media, Huffington Post, Daily Beast – these “progressive” media outlets employ scores of writers full-time. Not one employs a single political cartoonist. The reason is simple: cartoonists are dangerous. (Also, progressive media editors are dumb. Cartoons are tip-top clickbait.)
Reality is, if you like to read my writing and cartoons, and you want me to be able to keep doing it, you need to support it. Times are tough, no doubt, but the cost of one coffee a day a Starbucks means a lot to me.
There are many ways to help out:
- Join my annual Ted Rall Subscription Service for just $30/year – and get my toons and essays sent to your email before anyone else sees them.
- Support my work on Beacon (cost $60/year), which also gives you access to a bunch of other excellent writers’ work.
- Buy one of my books.
Thank you VERY MUCH for reading this, and for your support throughout the years!