Wow! Two months ago I launched a fund-raising drive. The goal was to hit 250 bucks a video, which would get me to US minimum wage, more or less. Well we did it! I’m tremendously grateful. Independent Media may really be possible. With today’s video I lay out the projects that I have in mind for the next year or so, now that I know I’ll be able to continue.
Video Transcript after the jump…
Hey There! And thank you! You guys have saved this channel. Two months ago I asked you guys to bring this channel to a new level of Sustainability, and that’s exactly what you did. I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s a tremendous privilege to be able to do this for another year, and it’s you guys that have made this possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Today I’d like to to lay out what it is that I’ll be doing with this channel’s new lease on life. For the rest of this year and beyond, I’m going to continue to produce videos in the Everybody’s Lying About Islam series. I hope to do a better job of covering countries outside of the Middle East, and to delve a little more seriously into the history that gets constantly abused by both Islamophobes and Jihadis. I also really need to deal with the on-going tragedy in Yemen. I’m reading the necessary books as we speak.
This November I hope to publish my first book. It’s going to be a complete overhaul of “Avoiding the British Empire” an essay I wrote about five years ago. As it stands now, Avoiding the British Empire, is one of my best ideas, and one of my worst essays. The idea is this. There have only been two truly world-spanning empires, The British Empire from around 1815 to 1938, and the American one from 1945 to today. The British Empire collapsed into the horror and destruction of two World Wars. We are still dealing with the negative effects of that fall today. We need to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to the American Empire today. Some decline in US power is inevitable. World War III is not. We need to avoid the fate of the British Empire.
When I wrote the old essay, I just didn’t know enough about world history. After about five years of study, I think I can do a true compare and contrast between the stories of the British and American Empires, and draw out the lessons we in the US need to avoid going down the same path. My draft is already twice as long as the old essay, and I’m just getting started. My hope is to have the book out for the holiday season. There will obviously be an endless series of videos on the topics covered by that book.
Following that will be a long series of videos covering Turkish history. Turkey is a country I love deeply, and it’s endlessly fascinating. This will appeal to my Turkish audience of course, but it also helps to illustrate about a million other things. These include European history, the fate of the Middle East, and the challenges of Modernization for any country. My hope is to launch this series by January 2018. I’ve already got the beginnings of the series outlined. There may or may not be an accompanying essay.
And I will also, of course, continue to cover my usual range of obsessions, from US criminal Justice, to Brexit and the future of the European Union, and anything else that comes to mind.
I’ve got a lot of work to do! And I am tremendously grateful to the patrons for giving me the opportunity to do it. Thanks for watching. Please subscribe. And if you want to make sure you don’t miss any of what’s coming up, I’d suggest you sign up for my e-mail newsletter, or follow me on twitter at Robbo28.