The War on Everyone: An Audiobook By Robert Evans

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I'm Robert Evans, and if you're reading this you're probably a fan of my podcast, Behind the Bastards. But I'm also a conflict journalist; I've covered wars in Ukraine and Iraq and protests all across the United States. Here's a 360 documentary I filmed in Mosul .

Conflict reporting is expensive work. And journalism, as an industry, is basically out of cash.

So I'm turning to you, my loyal fans, to try and raise money so I can do more journalism. Right now, I'm focused on the street fighting between fascists and anti-fascists in the streets of American cities. I've written articles like this for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative platform Bellingcat:

From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were Red-Pilled 

If I raise the $5,000 I've asked for, it'll allow me to attend more rallies, interview more sources, and afford to cover this incredibly important story in the fashion it deserves. If I raise more than $5,000, I'll be able to mount more ambitious investigations, maybe even ones outside the U.S. 

In return, I'll present you all with a five-part audiobook: The War On Everyone. It's a complete history of the ideas, the tactics and- of course- the bastards who built the framework for the current surge in far-right terror we're all living with today. Timothy McVeigh, the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooter, Anders Breivik, Dylan Roof  and dozens of other mass-killers are all pieces of the same, sinister plot.  The actions of a few men, decades ago, crafted this engine of death, and today it's manifested as a War on Everyone. 

This book will be completely free of ads, and available via streaming or by direct download. I expect it will take roughly two months for me to finish.

So if you donate, and help me meet my goal, you'll be enabling me to write more articles and film more videos documenting conflict at home and abroad. You'll also get an extensive audiobook about a crucial subject that affects every single person reading my words.

Plus, I'll be super grateful. I may only love 40% of my listeners, but I love 100% of my donors (3-5% margin of error).
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Holy shit, everyone!

When I started this GoFundMe, I hoped to make $5,000. We are now at 5 times that number, and counting, and I'm just bowled over by the response.

Thank you all dearly.

Donations are still trickling in from new people, as they listen to the Rockwell episodes, so I won't close it yet. But I do want to reiterate: nobody donate twice. Thank you!

Next, I wanted to talk a little bit about the work this money has already allowed me to do. As some of you know, in the immediate wake of the Christchurch shooting I published this article for Bellingcat:

https://www.bellingcat.com/news/rest-of-world/2019/03/15/shitposting-inspirational-terrorism-and-the-christchurch-mosque-massacre/

It went incredibly viral; I woke up the next morning to dozens of media requests from news agencies all around the world. Over the course of the next week, I put fifty or sixty hours into appearing on documentaries, radio shows, podcasts and also speaking to numerous reporters on background.

None of this was compensated work; all of it was important. Old media struggled to understand the context of the shooter, and the weird corner of the Internet he operated in. I was able to help them understand, and I was able to effectively blow the whistle on a threat that had been ignored by the mainstream press for far too long.

Your donations made it possible for me to take all of this time. I essentially put a full work week into press appearances, which would've been a real financial hardship if not for all your donations.

So thank you all, once again, for believing in my work. I'm excited to put together this audiobook, and I'm excited to show you the projects I have planned for this next year.
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We've hit (and exceeded) $10,000. This means we've now more than doubled my original goal.

The second two episodes of the series I wrote to promote this haven't even dropped yet. I'm going to increase the goal limit again. I'll let the fundraiser run until the end of March, which is when I'm hoping to be done with the research phase and starting to write the audiobook.

Expect it to drop in late April, possibly early May.

Once again, I am so unbelievably grateful to everyone who has donated. You are the best fans in the world.

(Also, please do not donate twice- I really do not want anyone giving too much for this.)
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Wow.

24 hours after opening this and we're already 80% of the way to my goal. I am so unbelievably grateful to all of you.

I actually have a 3-part episode coming out next week, that was meant to advertise for the GoFundMe, and we're probably going to hit $5000 before it even drops.

I intend to keep this fundraiser going for at least the next 2-3 weeks, but I want to note a few things right now.

1. Unless you've got an incorrigible need to throw money around, please don't donate twice. I don't want anyone to spend too much money on this or hurt themselves financially.

2. I put this together as sort of a bellwether. Up until this point, I've funded most of my work travel myself. I spent a combined $20k or so on my three trips to Iraq and my trip to Ukraine. Standing Rock was probably about a grand.

I wanted to know if it was feasible for me to crowdfund my reporting. This way I wouldn't need to convince big companies to support me, or convince advertisers to do the same. Y'all have proven it is possible and I am so very happy.

3. Once we hit my initial goal, I will increase the goal to $10k. If in the next few weeks this can reach somewhere between $10-15,000, that will fund my work for the rest of the year, at least. In that case I'd probably do another fundraiser at the start of 2020, so I can cover the *shudder* election.

I also want to give y'all an idea of my plans for this money. They include:

-More trips to Portland, and other cities with political violence between fascists and anti-fascists. I'd like to do a Podcast series on the people waging an information war against the American fascist movement next.

-A trip to Rojava, in Syria.

-A trip to Venezuela

-There's probably a genocide going on in Cameroon. It's a critically underreported story, and I'd like to investigate.

I'll write articles based on this work, and those will be published in a variety of places. But I want to promise right now that any trips I take using this money will also be used to create podcasts, and short podcast series. These will always be released free, and without ads, for the entire world to see.

I'm excited for this new phase of my career and, again, just overwhelmingly grateful for all the support you've all offered me so far.

Thank you all. I love 100% of you.
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