[Updated since original posting; see below]
Effective 16 July 2013 The Daily
Bell has ceased publishing new material. It will remain online as an archived
educational resource. The editors wish to thank Daily Bell readers and members
for previous participation.
My relationship with DB goes back more than three
years. I have no idea how I first came upon
the site; perhaps something at LRC? Needless
to say, it was an eye-opening experience. Certainly, it was clear to me that
things in this world were not as they seemed on the surface. DB helped me to peel away layers from the
I had, for a time, felt a desire to write, to focus my
thinking, and to develop discipline in my reasoning. There is nothing like a conversation on the
internet to bring out the critics – and at DB, enough of the critics were reasonable
and intelligent – sufficient for my purpose.
I learned not only from DB, but also from the feed-backers.
So, after a time, I began posting comments. Bionic Mosquito was born at The Daily Bell. But I had a problem – for some reason I couldn’t
get more than a few hundred characters through the tube. Very limiting….
For a while I had considered writing a blog. This was the motivating event. If my comments couldn’t get through the tube,
I would post to my blog and then ask DB to copy from my blog to their comment
section. DB was always very gracious and
accommodating in this.
Eventually, I figured out the problem was buried deep in my
browser. I changed browsers…and
voila! But in the meantime, necessity forced
me to start this blog.
I truly enjoyed the comment section – as much as the
editorials. Even in this, DB gets the
credit – it was the quality of the editorials that attracted quality
feedback. I learned so much through this
interaction – aside from a better understanding of the string pullers. Money, credit, inflation, wars, history, etc.
My participation in the dialogue forced me to hone my thinking on these and
many other subjects.
Like many feed-backers, my relationship with DB hit a few
speed bumps. I would take some time off
from comments, occasionally also some time off from reading. I never felt the break would be permanent,
and it never was.
Saddest of all was when some really good feed-backer would permanently
check out – never publicly, just silently.
(Forgive me, as I will forget more names than I remember) John Danforth,
Lila Rajiva, Leonardo Pisano, and Adam come to mind. Fortunately, many stayed on – Abu, gpond, and
Dave jr., and Lyn, for example; and new ones joined, like taxes. Some became quite rare, but still showed up occasionally,
like Bluebird and Weeble (in all of his forms).
Always present and active for as far back as I can remember was Bill
Ross. And I can never forget my personal
foil – Ingo!
I also remember some of the trolls – Al Kyder comes to mind,
a real terrorist towards Lila as I recall.
Say his name with a New England accent and you will see my point.
Eventually, I settled into a nice place with DB – a sign of
my development more than anything else. And
because I was forced to take a step that I procrastinated – starting a blog – I
began to write more. In this, I have
been truly humbled, with many posts picked up at LRC, a few at EPJ, and even
one at Mises! All of this began with my
writing at DB.
But now Anthony tells us that DB is no more.
No surprise: just as when
DB stopped taking comments
for a time, no reason is given.
Anthony certainly doesn’t owe one, although
he developed a site that came to be a community for many.
I suspect there are many that would like to
hear something about this decision.
In the meantime, we move on.
Daily Bell, you have provided a valuable service. You will be missed by many. Rest in Peace.
have received several emails in the few short hours since initially publishing
this post reminding me: just a few days ago,
Anthony wrote an editorial
, promising bigger and better things to come at
The Daily Bell:
Here at the Daily Bell, we're
positioned to be an honest broker within this emergent market and we'll do our
best to fulfill this role in terms of consulting, advisory work and by
providing other resources as necessary. We'll certainly make the most of this
opportunity on behalf of readers and those who wish to actively advance their
interests within the context of the avenues now presenting themselves.
We'll do our best to keep faith
with you and to be the same honest broker that we've been regarding the news
and analysis that we've provided all along. We're not changing ... just getting
better. And bigger. So stay tuned.
There's lots to come.
The sudden shut-down yesterday is even more confusing in
light of Anthony’s statement to “keep the faith with you and to be the same