Raimondo, continued

by Nathan Hamm on 1/4/2005 · 5 comments

If you caught last night’s post about BHHRG, Jonathan Steele, and Ukraine, you probably saw the mention of Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com dropping by Post-Modern Clog to say that just giving Ukrainians a buck and change per person would be better than supporting democracy in their country.

Discoshaman responds to Raimondo and fun ensues in the comments.

I love the “don’t be so naive you fool!” style of argumentation at which Raimondo excels. I’ve always found it emblematic of the progressive left’s narrative on US involvement overseas to be heavy on “it’s true because ‘they’ deny it” arguments, conspiracy theories with little to back them up, and a paucity of knowledge about the countries they comment on. That’s what’s great about Marxism and its offspring “-ologies” born of the New Left, you never have to leave home to be an authority for analysis, not fact, is the Alpha and Omega of all knowledge.

Not that this hasn’t been incredibly evident over the past few years, but the neo-paleocons are part of that party now.

P.S. Aris Katsaris’s comments in the Raimondo discussion are not to be missed.

In which the blogosphere piles on Raimondo.

Also, Tom G. Palmer, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, stopped by below and mentioned his earlier comments on BHHRG. In response to his question about their funding, I was wondering if any of my readers in the UK or familiar with UK laws governing transparency in the nonprofit finance world know what options are available, if any, to look into an organization’s funders.

As some of you may know, I work in nonprofit fundraising. 990 forms for nonprofits are available online. While you can’t see who gave us the money, you can see the number and size of gifts over $5,000, and with a little ingenuity, you could probably figure out who gave what, especially if gifts come from foundations, who do have to make public to whom they give money.

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Discoshaman January 4, 2005 at 2:39 pm

I’ve been so impressed with all of you — Dan, Aris and yourself. You guys fisk at warp speed. It’s been relaxing sitting back and watching you all work. 🙂 I’m posting something to that effect tonight.

Nathan January 4, 2005 at 3:03 pm

Well, being in different timezones helps!

TulipGirl January 5, 2005 at 1:38 pm

990PFs are available online? Really? Where!?

In my previous life I did some grant writing and it was always fun to pore over those forms and see who was in bed with whom. . .

Nathan January 5, 2005 at 2:06 pm

Guidestar has them. It’s my #1 way of researching foundation prospects, especially if they don’t have websites of their own.

You might have to register to access them, but it’s fun.

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