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The Dipstick

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Well, the pie chart…

Please take a look. We’re three quarters red, one quarter green – with about two weeks left in the month. Rattling the cup is one of my least favorite things to do, but it’s necessary because this site depends on the freely given support of readers for its continued existence.

In a very real way, it is an experiment in applied or practical Libertarian economics. No coercion. People are free to enjoy the site, read/use the material and so on, with the option to support the site or not.

It’s not unlike a “free” newspaper kiosk you pass on your way to work every day. No one forces you to toss 50 cents in the jar to take a paper. You’re free to help yourself.

But, hopefully, you’ll toss the change in anyhow.

Because you’re getting something of value – one assumes – and would like for that to continue.

It’s the same here.

I like to think EPautos is worth your support. But the proof is in the proverbial pudding.

There are vastly more readers than supporters – and that is a big problem. It’s the same problem musicians have. So easy to just listen to a song for free – and assume the artist will (somehow) be able to continue singing and playing without anyone paying.

Or rather, others paying.

I’ve mentioned before the dilemma – the catch-22 faced by Libertarian-anarchist writers such as myself. We – many of us – have made a decent living as MSM journalists; reporters, editors and columnists. But, we’re required to toe the partei line in exchange for a paycheck. On the other hand, we could walk off the reservation – as I did – and write freely about the ideas and topics that matter.

And go broke.

Most of us – well, me – are not looking to get rich. If we (if I) were, I’d have remained on the reservation. I used to work for a major big city newspaper. I’ve written for some of the biggest papers in the country. The MSM pays well. That is the narcotic, the lure.

At the same time, I can’t do this for free – in the general proximity thereof. A guy’s got bill’s to pay. Including the costs associated with this site, which amount to several hundred bucks a month for the quality servers and back-up we have. You may have noticed that EPautos hasn’t crashed or been hacked in a long time. That’s what you get with a not rinky-dink $20 a month “personal blog”  server.

So, again: If you think EPautos is worthwhile, please support EPautos.

Our donate button is here.

 If you prefer to avoid PayPal, our mailing address is:

721 Hummingbird Lane SE
Copper Hill, VA 24079

PS: EPautos stickers are free to those who sign up for a $5 or more monthly recurring donation to support EPautos, or for a one-time donation of $10 or more. (Please be sure to tell us you want a sticker – and also, provide an address, so we know where to mail the thing!)


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