Readers Demand I Fulfill Their Wishes

Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted in category Just Stuff

I often get letters from folks who agree with what I say in the end, but they say I don’t do enough. They say I should write about this, or that, or say it in another way, or spend more time researching and writing on….[take your pick]. They act as if because I don’t write about ABC, I know nothing about ABC. It’s mutually exclusive – either I know about it and write on it, or if I don’t choose to write about it I must not know anything about it and I am therefore ignorant. I received this letter today:

Here is a great little 20-question quiz to test your knowledge of the law regarding the United States “income“ tax. There is a whole history of the tax as an excise that stopped being taught in American schools at all levels after WWII. And there was good reason to hide the truth through omission, because that history is very revealing. But unlike so many of the other lies by government being exposed almost daily in LRC or FFF this revisionist and accurate view of the tax gets zero traction. Perhaps you might like to learn this history and then honor your email moniker with a little truth-telling. Or maybe just an honest discussion of the subject matter.

Since I have a very time-consuming day job (career) in addition to all I do elsewhere, I have a standard response for these folks. It goes as follows:

You can either:
(1) Feel free to research and write this up on your own, for your readership, on your own time, and find a visible platform to publish it.
(2) Give me an offer and tell me how much time you’d like me to spend on doing what you want me to do, to satisfy your whims, and then outline your desired end product. My opportunity cost of being on assignment is $80/hour and upward, and this might involve a minimum of 50 hours. I only work on assignments upon receiving cash payment in advance. So please let me know.

p.s. — As an addendum, don’t ever assume that just because an individual doesn’t obsess on and perpetually articulate on a given subject matter (ABC), that the individual doesn’t “know” the “history” of ABC, and therefore needs your “history lesson” as determined by you.

I never get a response back, and I never seem to get those paid jobs! Dang!

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4 Responses to Readers Demand I Fulfill Their Wishes

  1. Michael Pizolato (@PizSez) says:

    January 28th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    When I still had a landline, I used to open all conversations with telemarketers with, “My fee for you using my time is $100/hour. For billing purposes, may I have your name and address please?”

    They never seemed to want to continue after that.

  2. David Smith says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Bravo, Ms. De Coster!!! Bravo!!!

  3. Zack Flummerfelt says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve seen that on so many blogs. Good blogs too. Petulant, whinny requests to write about this or that. I am sure most of the requesters ask anonymously and never offer to drop a dime. FWIW, thought I don’t comment much I’ve appreciated what you’ve written about here. I appreciate the attention you’ve brought to food politics, nutrition, fitness and how it relates to liberty. It was your blog that turned me on to Art Devany and Richard Nikoley years ago. Sad to say I am only recently acting on the knowledge.

  4. Mindy says:

    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    You’re a comitted writer with a full time job and a life….impressive in itself. I find the reader demands really amusing since they can always turn to a blog that deals with the topics they want in a way they prefer. There are millions of blogs out there afterall. And if you want to do something about a political issue, its not hard to read the legislation, make flyers, and connect with people who know how to lobby. My hubby and I do it. This impresses me as learned helpless/lazyness.

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