Activism Opportunity: The One Minute Case

In May of 2007, I introduced “The One Minute Case”:

The One Minute Case is a new collaborative blog which will present a brief argument about a controversial issue that can be read in under a minute. The goal is to publish one case per day. You can read the cases to learn something new about an issue or use them as a source for longer arguments of your own.

I started the blog because I believed that there is an opportunity to educate students by taking advantage of cost-effective advertising using Google Adwords. Has my strategy been effective?

From one perspective, no – there are only 33 posts, most of them from the first month. From another perspective, there is an average of 6.4 comments per post, the majority of them being unique users.  Various evidence suggests that many of them are students doing research for school papers.  Here is a weekly chart:


(There were no posts made during most of that time.)

I think the numbers suggest that the format I selected presents a good oppportunity for activism.  There’s many ways to measure the success of intellectual activism, and many motivations for writing,  but if you are writing to someone somewhere – congressmen, fellow capitalists/Objectivists, forum members, how does this compare with your results? If your goal is to make the maximum difference given the resources available to you, how does this compare?

If you are interested in supporting my efforts, you can help in three ways:

  • Write or edit cases
  • Financially sponsor my Google Adwords campaign
  • Help me manage the Adwords accounts and come up with new ads

(Edit: I got the initial comment count wrong because I mistakenly counted spam comments.)


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2 Responses to Activism Opportunity: The One Minute Case

  1. Beth Haynes

    Keep working on these!!

    I really enjoyed your one minute on Austrian Economics–it is the best, short explanation I have come across. I particularly like the analogy to the dark pond of fish. This captures the fact of the destructive effects of expanding the money supply in a easy to visualize image, illustrating how spending without saving first actually consumes our savings. I plan to read your other econ ones shortly.
    Advice from my own recent experience (this is what I have not done but plan to do)–concentrate on quality and not quantity. Eventually you will have built us a great resource. Once someone “discovers” your site, they will come back for more.

  2. Dinesh Pillay

    I think its been a brilliant idea. I remember you had mailed about posting on this site, so am guilty as charged for not contributing – yet!

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