“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you we don’t have money. In fact, yes–you should give us some money, because what we do have are a very particular set of skills; skills we have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make us indispensable to people like you.“
Seriously, though, I was an intern at the Prospect only a few years ago, and while Gabe may have traumatized me mildly on a few occasions, the Prospect’s discipline, sense of purpose and curiosity about the world helped mature me into professional life and full-time adulthood.
You know, I recently blew a few notes on airfare to get me halfway across the world on vacation–broke as I am as a result, I’ve got no excuse, really, to not help the Prospect keep the lights on. The rest of you, though, should give because you truly appreciate dynamic thought and damn good journalism.