This is a fascinating proposal. Let's begin with the undeniable facts. Since Oct. 2016, I have been sending Carrier the sum of $10 per month through his Patreon account. At that time, Carrier was facing multiple sexual harassment accusations, and had been banned from Skepticon and had his Freethought blog taken away. Richard says "all I have ever done is politely asking for consent and respecting the answer." Sometimes "you just have to believe the Man", and so I wanted to contribute to his legal fund.Jerry, how do we not know whether or not it is you yourself who have been paying Carrier to attack you, in some crass attempt to drum up traffic for Postflaviana?
I basically felt sorry for the guy, and besides, I think he generally does good work.
But maybe he misunderstood my intentions, and thought that my contribution was intended to fund his critical review of my critical review. It's all obviously in the pursuit of scholarly truth and accuracy.
At any rate, he certainly has done us a huge service. We are probably going to get tens of readers through his link to Postflaviana, that he posted at the very top of his review. And look at that great summary he posted, about our content!!
...wildly, implausibly complex interpretations of history that insist Shakespeare was a black Jewish woman, the writers of Jane the Virgin may have attended “quasi-Masonic meetings of the Ordo Templi” and are now sending us coded signals in their TV show, astrological signs may have alerted CEOs to go to a conference to avoid being killed on 9/11, the 9/11 attack was itself part of a global conspiracy of an ancient cabal of aristocratic families even more secretive than the Illuminati, John Lennon tried to warn us about this cabal by putting coded messages in Beatles lyrics, The Catcher in the Rye is a Freemason brainwashing vector developed in connection with the MK Ultra mind control program to undermine society by causing the sexual revolution, indeed hired anthropologists “were used by the CIA against the American people in the creation of the 1960’s counter culture,” and all of this ties back to the Flavians, because not only had “the Flavian Caesars, Vespasian and Titus, invented Christianity, more or less in the form we know it today,” but there was also “an early Roman and Herodian-controlled form of Christianity which was invented well before the time of the Flavians,” and Paul was its shill. And that’s all just “Straight-Talking Common Sense.”
Who could resist clicking through, with such a fascinating list of topics? I mean, I could get all pissy, and complain that Carrier didn't read any of this stuff, has no ability to detect irony, and got numerous details wrong. But what would be the point of that? Our readers love conspiracy theories, and know that the very best ones are the quickest to attract "tin foil hat" accusations. Our audience, they know who they are!
If I was able to buy all this advertising for only $10 per month, it would be a steal. And on the other hand, my $10 a month can't be going far towards Carrier's $50,000 legal bill.
Hmm... let's see. Bayesian probabilities. Hypothesis H1: for $10 a month, Carrier is supplying us with all this great press. Hypothesis H2, my donation is going where it's supposed to, to pay Carrier's lawyer. Hypothesis H3: Somebody else paid Carrier a bunch of money to attack us. Hypothesis H4: nobody besides me ever sends Carrier much money, and he made this up to taunt us, hoping we'd make a big deal out of it and accuse him of taking money from MK-Ultra.
These hypotheses are not even mutually exclusive. I'll leave it to our readers to speculate as to the numerical values to be assigned to each hypothesis.