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  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

The Question (ID Number 446)...

    After having been enthusiastic when reading Ishmael, I am more and more wondering about your real goals. What do you look for?? Increasing your community of Ishamel's addicts (CONSUMERS), and by the way your OWN
    income? Why don't you say anything regarding the real world events as WTO meeting is Seattle?? What do you do about that new Stalinist Way of getting huge wealth for a "happy?" few, by convincing the People of the World that they are going to get more and more civilized if they buy more and more American shit, and enjoy U.S. stupid Entertainment industry (including Ishmael's fairy tales ???)

    ...and the response:

    It's a fine old lynch-mob tradition to hang the suspect first and ask questions later. If you had asked (instead of just reaching for a rope to string me up with), I would have explained that our efforts are designed to enable us to publish materials that no COMMERCIAL publisher would dream of publishing--for example, our three-hour video study of food production and population growth. Far from increasing our own income, this video was financed with money from our own pockets (more than $20,000), which hasn't even come close to being paid back by sales at our website. In fact, all the publications offered at our website were developed with money from our own pockets, and not a single one is even close to breaking even--and indeed may never break even. As to why I don't write about "real world events," I'm not a newspaper columnist or editorial writer covering "events." If you want one of those, you have hundreds to chose from. As to why I haven't written about the WTO meeting, why the devil should I? The partisans whose interests are at stake at this meeting are not having trouble making themselves heard. I write about what NO ONE is writing about, not what EVERYONE is writing about.


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