Some mock as a conspiracy theory the notion of a financial elite gathering to impose its will on the rabble. Meanwhile, theory has become fact.
It is the most totalitarian form of blacklisting: not just to be prevented from speaking on a university campus, or to be kicked off social media, but to be shut out of the entire financial system. That is the terrifying new threat to freedom that western societies must now contend with.
Financial blacklisting doesn’t just rob you of a chance to spread your message: it robs you of your ability to do business, your livelihood, your very means of functioning in a capitalist society. Thanks to the encroachment of progressive ideology into the financial industry — including major credit card companies like Visa, Discover, and Mastercard — it has now become a reality. (…)
In August, Mastercard and Discover deplatformed conservative and Islam critic Robert Spencer. In the same month, Visa and Mastercard ceased service to David Horowitz. While credit card processing service to Horowitz was eventually restored, Spencer remains financially blacklisted.
Crowdfunding platforms like Patreon, which allow online content creators to collect donations from their supporters, are frequently cast as the primary villains in financial blacklisting. Patreon’s recent ban of YouTuber Carl Benjamin, better known by his moniker Sargon of Akkad, triggered a crisis for the platform. Both donors and creators — including prominent atheist Sam Harris — quit the platform in protest, while Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin pledged to create an alternative platform that is pro-free speech.
But Patreon and other crowdfunding platforms are not the real villains. They are dependent on the whims of the credit card companies, something that was already apparent in August when Mastercard forced them to withdraw service from Robert Spencer. We now know that the credit card companies were also a factor in Patreon’s decision to boot Benjamin.
Peter’s Magnificent Seven and my own blog are funded by individual donations through Paypal, which provides debit and credit cards from the major companies mentioned. When we look back on some of the recent decisions Paypal has made – such as rescinding the intention to build a center in Charlotte, North Carolina after the state’s mandate for separate bathrooms and locker-rooms for men and women – the pattern becomes clearer. There is also the fact that Paypal and other similar services don’t allow card holders to use the cards for the purchase of firearms.
One is also reminded of the 2008 presidential election when the credit card safeties on the Obama campaign website were inoperable. Any combination of numbers in the account number field allowed anyone — including foreign nationals — to contribute to the campaign.
Nine years ago, I postulated that we, the normal citizens, were being herded by the Organized Left into a second civil war. One has to admit that their manifold methods of inflaming the rabble are ingenious.
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