Thank you for visiting The Fleming Foundation website. You may even have already gone through the process of registering. If you enjoyed some of the pieces available to free access subscribers, I hope you will consider taking out a paid subscription.
A Silver Level subscription for only $7.99 per month gives access to all print copy, while Gold Level ($150 per year) and Charter subscribers ($250 per year) can also listen to our podcasts on a variety of topics: political realism, learning Latin, the classical Christian tradition, and a series we call “The Best Revenge,” which ranges from the high art of making bacon or visiting Rome to lighter stuff on music and poetry.
Most websites are free, and your truly get what you pay for. If we had the backing of wealthy donors, we might consider offering free access to impoverished readers. Unfortunately, we are starting from scratch, and, with the exception of a few vendors, we are all at this point not only working for nothing: We are paying the bills out of our own pockets. But even if we had a fat endowment, we should charge for our services on the time-honored principle that the workman is worthy of his hire.
Some readers will tell us they cannot afford to spend $7.99 per month on a website subscription. $7.99? That’s the price of a cheap bottle of wine and less than a month of streaming Netflix. Still, cheap as it is at this price, a subscription might be too costly for a few people. That is why we are going to keep some portion of the site free to our reading public, though of it will only be available to readers who have registered.
The Fleming Foundation is very much a work in progress. We started it with no capital, much less an endowment. And yet, on a shoe-string we have an active and growing website with new pieces nearly every day. We put on a monthly book discussion evening for local subscribers, and we have scheduled our first major event, a conference on “A Thousand Years of Jihad, ” and with the help of an old friend—a typesetting professional—we hope to be producing books by the end of the year.
Although we are grateful for the generosity of friends and supporters, we have adopted a pay-as-you-go model for the website. I hope you will join us. We welcome you to our website as our guest, but I should not be candid if I did not say we shall be happier still if you subscribe. Here is a convenient link to the sign-up page:
If you have any difficulties, do not hesitate to contact support@Fleming.Foundation. The message will go directly to the webmaster, but I shall also receive a copy.