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A few days ago I got a new subscriber at the top level, and it made me realize that it’s been too long since I thanked all of you for your support.  As I explained several years ago, “There’s something very comforting and flattering about getting those regular emails month after month; they say to me in no uncertain terms, this person admires you and cares about your work…I really do value those small but very regular payments, [and] not just because they help pay my bills…”  Of course, now that I’m semi-retired (and a year into the pandemic) the “paying the bills” aspect is even more important than it once was.  Of course, I value all of my subscribers, even those who can’t spare much or who find they need to cancel after a year or two.  But there’s a special place in my heart for those who subscribe at that top level, especially considering that a couple of you have been on board for seven years now!  I don’t really have any kind of premium system set up (as I’ve said before, marketing isn’t my strong suit), but I’d like to give my dollar-a-day guys an extra gift: if any of you don’t already have all of my books, please let me know and I’ll send you Kindle copies of the missing ones.  I know it isn’t much, but it’s at least one small way I can let y’all know how much your generosity and loyalty mean to me.

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Back Issue #92

Those who foolishly insist on viewing the world through the filter of dogma are blind to everything that dogma will not admit, even when the truth lies right before them.  –  “Not the Same Tree

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Back Issue #91

Human beings are not perfectible and attempts to threaten and beat vice out of them do vastly more harm than good.  –  “Harm Reduction

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Back Issue #90

Diversity of opinion isn’t destructive to solidarity in the movement; attempts to impose an agenda of “correct” speech and thought are.  –  “Criticism and Response

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Back Issue #89

The public considers the opinions of pop-tarts with no personal experience in [an] issue to be more important than those of activists who actually know what they’re talking about.  –  “December Updates

From the Archives

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Back Issue #88

Prostitution is to my knowledge the only “crime” which is entirely defined by its motive.  –  “Lack of Evidence

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Back Issue #87

The fact that a cherished tenet of dogma is demonstrably false never stops True Believers from instilling it indelibly into the public consciousness by endless repetition.  –  “Ban the Super Bowl!

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Back Issue #86

Until…women present a unified front against collective ownership of our bodies, progress will be slow at best.  –  “What a Week!

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Seven years ago I published “Catching Up“, in which I gave a new reader advice of how to get started reading my blog.  At the time, I compared the strategy of starting at the beginning and trying to read every post with “hacking your way across the Amazon Basin with a machete,” and since there are now roughly 3.5 times as many posts as there were then, that is barely even hyperbole any more.  Some of the advice is still good, such as the following:

…subscribe to the blog and read the new columns as they come out; most of them contain links to older columns, which you could then read as they come up…[twice a week] I publish a news column…made up of…short subsections; each item has its own title, and the vast majority of those titles refer back to older posts (each containing a link to the referenced post).  This will lead you to a lot of older columns every week, assuming you have the time!  Also, every Sunday I publish a “Links” column, and the bottom section, “From the Archives”, contains links to the posts from that same week for the past two years; you could click on and read any that sound interesting.  You can also follow me on Twitter, where I share lots of interesting links…and also remind readers of my columns from that same day one, two and…three years in the past…

But now that I’ve been publishing for over a decade, the best way to start is to simply buy my “best of” collections, The Essential Maggie McNeill, Volume I and Volume II; they’re available in both paperback and Kindle editions, and each contains 52 hand-picked, revised and edited essays from the first six years of the blog.  Then watch this space for future “best of” collections, including Ask Maggie, Volume I (a collection of 80 answers to reader questions, which should be available later this week) and Volume II (same, should be available in October).  In addition to presenting what I think are my most important essays in a more accessible and easier-to-browse format, these volumes give you the chance to support my work in a tangible way, which is especially important in these difficult times; it’s a perfect example of a win-win situation!

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Back Issue #85

Making wildly exaggerated Criswell-like predictions of the number of hookers who will descend upon a major sporting event has become a popular pastime of prohibitionists.  –  “Hidden Hordes of Hookers

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