If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This

From a Facebook friend, a reminder that there are people who live lives of quiet desperation for whom even the smallest act of kindness can be immensely important.

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. C. Clavin says:

    There, but for extreme luck, go I…

  2. Liberal Capitalist says:


    This story, or your bring the focus of this story to your readers, seems to be showing me a metamorphosis on your “position”.

    I read the other day that you blog about politics because you like politics… Clearly, I understand that, and the fascination.

    When you start to look closer, and look past the jingoism, you start to see glimmers of truth. What the core beliefs are.

    In the several years that I have been following this blog, I have seen you change, Doug.

    Or maybe… just the folks with which you used to identify have drifted away from your views. I think we can agree that what was at first an imperceptible drift now has a visible accelerating pace.

    Welcome to the other side.

  3. @Liberal Capitalist:

    I’m not sure what the connection between this story and Doug’s politics is.

  4. John Peabody says:

    I admit I merely followed Doug to OTB from his own personal blog, “Below the Beltway”. And I miss the old Doug, who was a leetle bit more direct than he is now, with a larger audience and co-editors. Aw, hell, he used to call people assholes when they deserved it.

  5. Ben Wolf says:

    Doug, thanks for bringing this to our attention. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in one’s own “problems” and forget people are out there truly suffering.

  6. matt says:

    I thought the libertarian mindset here is that the woman needs to pull up her boot straps and fix her life. Why would you a libertarian spend time caring about the lack of available help for this woman? It’s not like you care about the people dying from lack of health care and such…