Friends and readers,

For a long list of personal and professional reasons, I am taking a break from publishing The Bloomington Alternative. The website and archive of our decade's worth of stories, columns, photographs, videos, etc. will remain active.

How long the hiatus will last will be determined by forces and events outside my control. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who has read, contributed to and supported us these many years.

I leave you with three quotes that have been on my mind of late, since all speak to a fundamental theme we've focused on the entire time I have been publishing the Alternative – American democracy's 40-year devolution into a police-state plutocracy – and progressive America's pathetic response to it.

  • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister
  • "Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results." – Albert Einstein
  • "Where's the outrage?" – Bill Moyers (and many others)

Keep fighting.

Steven Higgs, editor and publisher

Keep fighting.

Steven Higgs, editor and publisher