The following is an excerpt from NRI Fellow Jonah Goldberg’s weekly G-file, published December 8th, 2017, “Against One-Thingism”
Dear NR Friends,
I say prideful because “shameless” doesn’t cover it. I’m outright proud to ask for your help. As I wrote above, I don’t think you should give everything of yourself to anything. But you should do what you can, where you can, and when you can for the institutions in your life that matter. You’ll almost always get more out than you put in. That’s certainly true for me. One of the things that I’ve given a huge chunk of myself to for almost 20 years has been National Review, and I’m the better man for it.
Over that time, some things have changed in NR World. My job titles have changed (I’m a senior editor now), but I’m also a fellow of National Review Institute, which has become the umbrella organization of the whole National Review enterprise or, better yet, the National Review mission.
Bill Buckley himself always said that the mission comes before the magazine — but that the magazine was the best, but not the only, way to carry it out. That’s why he founded National Review Institute to support the mission. NRI sponsors conferences, speeches, and educational programs around the country, hosted by National Review writers, editors, and contributors. (If you must know, most of my salary now comes from the Institute. Lowry mostly pays me in chickens.) Without NRI, I couldn’t have finished my book. NRI fellow Kevin Williamson runs a journalism program. NRI drops David French behind enemy lines on one campus after another to fight for free speech.
We are trying to raise $250,000 for NRI. That’s a big lift. The good news is your contribution to NRI is tax deductible. The great news is that it literally makes everything we do either easier, better, or just plain possible. I know there are differences of opinion about the current political situation among longtime friends. But if your concern is the long game — for the country or the conservative cause — supporting what we do is imperative.
Again, because most people have lots of things going on in their lives — work, family, friends, faith, hobbies, etc. — not everyone can give as much of themselves to the conservative cause as we do here. But the only reason we can do as much as we do is because of you and people like you. We live every day knowing that we are indebted not just to Bill Buckley but to the numerous people who give what they can to keep the mission alive. Please donate here.
P.S.: Some of my . . . fellow fellows . . . are also appealing on NRI’s behalf. Rick Brookhiser explains the benefits to the conservative movement of NRI’s Regional Fellows Program. And last week Kevin Williamson talked up NRI’s exceptional writer-training effort, better known as the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism (the current fellows are the talented Alexandra DeSanctis and Theodore Kupfer). That’s a lot of fellowing going on! And just two of many reasons why NRI – carrying out the Buckley Mission – merits your support.