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There is a progressive renaissance happening on YouTube right now. Let's counter the chaos.


From roughly 2014-2016, political and philosophical discussions on YouTube were dominated by content creators with cynical and reactionary worldviews. Admittedly, I sometimes found myself slipping into this mindset, but eventually I saw this trend for what it was. I won't bore you with the details right now, but essentially this was (in my view) an overreaction to the increasing influence of feminism and left-wing politics online, and soon manifested itself into an imagined "culture war" where destroying the "SJWs" at all costs seemed to be the primary objective.

This opened the door for propagandists and demagogues to grow large followings, and eventually begin normalizing the views and personalities of the alt-right, which, although still a fringe movement, now has even gained some influence reaching as far as the federal government.

It became clear that an intellectual rebuttal to this harmful rhetoric was necessary, and so many great YouTube channels sprung forth that espoused ideas that favored social and economic reform, with particular concern for the most disadvantaged groups in society. Several of these channels saw rapid success, proving that this kind of content was in high demand. In addition to this, there was an uptick in support for progressive creators who have been around for a while, like myself.  We are seeing a reformation of the political discourse on YouTube and beyond.

What I’ve found to be my strength is helping viewers parse tough topics in an easy-to-understand way, while at the same time spreading a message of honesty and compassion for other human beings, which serves to counter all of the hatred and cynicism that you often find in these kinds of discussions.

And so here's the thing. this kind of content is difficult to make sustainable. I frequently talk about tough, controversial issues which are increasingly being avoided by wary advertisers. I try to make inclusive, optimistic videos that stress the importance of nuance, but those types of videos usually don't get the traction and exposure as some other more sensationalist and polarizing content you might find. I strongly encourage everyone out there to use their gifts and talents to spread hopeful, yet practical messages of change and reform. But if you’d like to take part in my journey to do so myself, it would be vastly appreciated if you'd consider making a small monthly contribution to support my content.

As my Patreon grows, I hope to increase the quality and frequency of my videos, and get involved in bigger and better projects. So keep an eye out for that!



What am I going to do with the money?

All contributions here will go towards meeting my financial obligations so I can focus on making more and better videos for my viewers, as well as towards equipment and other costs associated with improving the quality and frequency of my uploads. By being a Patron, you are essentially allowing me to make videos and other content full time, and over time I will be able to bring you guys even more awesome content that I could never do before!

To get an idea of what kinds of things I'm looking forward to buying/doing in the future, check out my Goals section which should be just to the left of what your reading now!
The main idea for the time being is getting equipment and other resources that make it possible for me to make more videos, better videos, and to engage with you guys even more.

Becoming a Patron is obviously completely optional and will not affect your ability to watch my videos or livestreams, which will always be free on YouTube (or somewhere else on the internet).

If you only want to make a one-time donation, or if you want to find other ways to support me, check out this link!

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of some other great creators you should support on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/marinashutup
https://www.patreon.com/contrapoints
https://www.patreon.com/petercoffin
https://www.patreon.com/rileyjaydennis
https://www.patreon.com/Hbomb
https://www.patreon.com/shaun_jen
https://www.patreon.com/magdalenrose
https://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube
https://www.patreon.com/katblaque
patreon.com/ThreeArrows
patreon.com/thoughtslime
https://www.patreon.com/lindsayellis
Tiers
YOUR NAME ONSCREEN FOR LIKE 0.5 SECONDS
$1 or more per month

You'll get access to my Patron-only posts, which includes background and personal thoughts behind each video I make. I only share these thoughts here. Beyond that, Patron-only posts are just little fun tidbits, behind the scenes, and me rambling about stuff, but sometimes it's interesting probably. Also, if you choose to join the Discord, your name will show up in a nifty yellow color. You'll also get to see your name very very briefly at the end of most of my videos!

Includes Discord rewards
TWICE AS MUCH OF MY GRATITUDE
$2 or more per month
The reward for this pledge is the same as the $1 pledge, but since you're donating twice as much, you will receive twice as much of my gratitude and twice as much good fortune in your life. Maybe.
Includes Discord rewards
THE HOMIES
$5 or more per month

This is my "suggested" pledge level. You get the above rewards, as 

well as access to a Homies-only Discord channel, and your name will show up in an elegant orange when you chat in the Discord.


New rewards will be coming to this tier soon.


Includes Discord rewards
BIG HOMIES
$10 or more per month

All the above rewards, plus I'll send you a cool T1J Sticker every few months. What color or design will you get? Who knows! Guess you'll just have to wait and see!

Includes Discord rewards
BIGGER HOMIES
$25 or more per month

This has the same benefits as the previous tier, it's just here for convenience!

Includes Discord rewards
BIGGEST HOMIES
$50 or more per month

 This has the same benefits as the previous tier, it's just here for convenience! 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
52% complete

EQUIPMENT UPGRADE II
Thanks to your support, I was able to purchase a DSLR camera, a lapel microphone, lighting equipment, and a green screen to improve the quality and style of my videos.

When I reach this threshold, the goal will be to begin to upgrade the quality and professionalism of my videos. This will probably include:
At least one new camera. Currently my eye is on the Canon 80D. This will expand the quality of my videos and open up more possibilities. This wil also allow me to use a DSLR camera for livestreams, which will greatly improve their quality.
Better lighting and other video equipment. Right now I'm using a pretty ghetto lighting set up, but with a few extra pieces of equipment, I can probably get it looking pretty clean.
New PC or PC Upgrade. Currently I have a pretty old, shit computer than can barely handle the editing load I have to do now. After reaching this goal I should be able to save up and buy a new PC, probably a laptop. But eventually another desktop as well. 
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There is a progressive renaissance happening on YouTube right now. Let's counter the chaos.


From roughly 2014-2016, political and philosophical discussions on YouTube were dominated by content creators with cynical and reactionary worldviews. Admittedly, I sometimes found myself slipping into this mindset, but eventually I saw this trend for what it was. I won't bore you with the details right now, but essentially this was (in my view) an overreaction to the increasing influence of feminism and left-wing politics online, and soon manifested itself into an imagined "culture war" where destroying the "SJWs" at all costs seemed to be the primary objective.

This opened the door for propagandists and demagogues to grow large followings, and eventually begin normalizing the views and personalities of the alt-right, which, although still a fringe movement, now has even gained some influence reaching as far as the federal government.

It became clear that an intellectual rebuttal to this harmful rhetoric was necessary, and so many great YouTube channels sprung forth that espoused ideas that favored social and economic reform, with particular concern for the most disadvantaged groups in society. Several of these channels saw rapid success, proving that this kind of content was in high demand. In addition to this, there was an uptick in support for progressive creators who have been around for a while, like myself.  We are seeing a reformation of the political discourse on YouTube and beyond.

What I’ve found to be my strength is helping viewers parse tough topics in an easy-to-understand way, while at the same time spreading a message of honesty and compassion for other human beings, which serves to counter all of the hatred and cynicism that you often find in these kinds of discussions.

And so here's the thing. this kind of content is difficult to make sustainable. I frequently talk about tough, controversial issues which are increasingly being avoided by wary advertisers. I try to make inclusive, optimistic videos that stress the importance of nuance, but those types of videos usually don't get the traction and exposure as some other more sensationalist and polarizing content you might find. I strongly encourage everyone out there to use their gifts and talents to spread hopeful, yet practical messages of change and reform. But if you’d like to take part in my journey to do so myself, it would be vastly appreciated if you'd consider making a small monthly contribution to support my content.

As my Patreon grows, I hope to increase the quality and frequency of my videos, and get involved in bigger and better projects. So keep an eye out for that!



What am I going to do with the money?

All contributions here will go towards meeting my financial obligations so I can focus on making more and better videos for my viewers, as well as towards equipment and other costs associated with improving the quality and frequency of my uploads. By being a Patron, you are essentially allowing me to make videos and other content full time, and over time I will be able to bring you guys even more awesome content that I could never do before!

To get an idea of what kinds of things I'm looking forward to buying/doing in the future, check out my Goals section which should be just to the left of what your reading now!
The main idea for the time being is getting equipment and other resources that make it possible for me to make more videos, better videos, and to engage with you guys even more.

Becoming a Patron is obviously completely optional and will not affect your ability to watch my videos or livestreams, which will always be free on YouTube (or somewhere else on the internet).

If you only want to make a one-time donation, or if you want to find other ways to support me, check out this link!

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of some other great creators you should support on Patreon:
https://www.patreon.com/marinashutup
https://www.patreon.com/contrapoints
https://www.patreon.com/petercoffin
https://www.patreon.com/rileyjaydennis
https://www.patreon.com/Hbomb
https://www.patreon.com/shaun_jen
https://www.patreon.com/magdalenrose
https://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube
https://www.patreon.com/katblaque
patreon.com/ThreeArrows
patreon.com/thoughtslime
https://www.patreon.com/lindsayellis

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Tiers
YOUR NAME ONSCREEN FOR LIKE 0.5 SECONDS
$1 or more per month

You'll get access to my Patron-only posts, which includes background and personal thoughts behind each video I make. I only share these thoughts here. Beyond that, Patron-only posts are just little fun tidbits, behind the scenes, and me rambling about stuff, but sometimes it's interesting probably. Also, if you choose to join the Discord, your name will show up in a nifty yellow color. You'll also get to see your name very very briefly at the end of most of my videos!

Includes Discord rewards
TWICE AS MUCH OF MY GRATITUDE
$2 or more per month
The reward for this pledge is the same as the $1 pledge, but since you're donating twice as much, you will receive twice as much of my gratitude and twice as much good fortune in your life. Maybe.
Includes Discord rewards
THE HOMIES
$5 or more per month

This is my "suggested" pledge level. You get the above rewards, as 

well as access to a Homies-only Discord channel, and your name will show up in an elegant orange when you chat in the Discord.


New rewards will be coming to this tier soon.


Includes Discord rewards
BIG HOMIES
$10 or more per month

All the above rewards, plus I'll send you a cool T1J Sticker every few months. What color or design will you get? Who knows! Guess you'll just have to wait and see!

Includes Discord rewards
BIGGER HOMIES
$25 or more per month

This has the same benefits as the previous tier, it's just here for convenience!

Includes Discord rewards
BIGGEST HOMIES
$50 or more per month

 This has the same benefits as the previous tier, it's just here for convenience! 

Includes Discord rewards