Donald Trump’s election was a tragedy, but at least it was good for magazine subscriptions.
Seriously, though. Jacobin went from a precarious project with just 15,000 subscribers to something almost double that size by the end of 2016. But since then things have slowed to a crawl.
We’re still breaking web traffic records every month, but not many of those people are becoming print subscribers. I don’t know why — we’re annoying, but we’ve always been annoying. We’re dirty reds, but that’s been the case for a while now. We have a tenuous grasp on the English language, but yeah, nothing new.
Maybe it’s just that people realize how much of a struggle resisting Trump is going to be and how long the road is ahead. After all, the prospects for social democracy, much less socialism, the world over seem faint. Now might be a good moment to crawl into a bunker somewhere and pop our head out in fifteen years to see if there’s anything of a world left.
But the rise of the global right means we need socialist ideas in circulation more than ever. And we need your help to lick our wounds and go on another offensive.
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And, of course, if life has treated you well, and you’ve been blessed with blessings on blessings on blessings, you should feel guilty about it and donate your money to the cause.
Remember, we don’t have all the answers, but we have more of them than Ezra Klein.