How do we know what they are planning to do to us? Easy. Just listen to what they tell us they’re planning to do to us.
As for example this recent business with PayPal. A “policy” was announced (and quickly retracted) that stated account holders would be “fined” for the usually opaque reasons, such as “spreading misinformation” – never specifically defined – as if that mattered because PayPal wasn’t talking about refusing to provide a platform for the propagation of views it opposes (even if factual).
That being merely censorship.
And yes, it is precisely that when it is done in cooperation with the government, as a way to get around the irritating First Amendment that would otherwise constrain the government. The whack-a-mole nonsense about “private companies” having the “right” to not publish that which is disagreeable to them is precisely that – nonsense – because the “social media” corporations are creatures of the government as a matter of legal standing and simple fact and, moreover, actively work with the government to suppress the publication of that which the government regards as disagreeable.
But PayPal is not a “social media” company and what it proposed to do wasn’t merely to refuse to do business with those it finds disagreeable – which is an interesting thing in its own right when you remember that the Left has winnied for decades about the wrongfulness of free association in business transactions. It is in fact illegal – “discrimination” – to decline to transact business with, for instance, people whose sexual orientation you regard as not merely distasteful but morally wrong. Try – if you own a bake shop – to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, for instance. The government will fine you – and worse – for doing that.
So much for free association…when it doesn’t suit the Left.
And also when it does.
Anyhow, they wanted to let us know. It wasn’t an accident, a sllp of the tongue – a poorly worded “release.” It was a shot across the bow. It was a warning that this is what they intend for us.
And what is that, exactly?
It is a system of total financial control in which your economic life can be ended as easily as turning off the power. It is the individual-level manifesation of ESG – the Environmental, Social and Governance shibboleths that lately determine corporate investment (or not) and in what (or not). Not according to what benefits shareholders but rather, according to what furthers-along whatever the narrative-du-jour happens to be. “Climate change,” for instance. It drives investment capital away from things that make money – and work – such as oil and cars that aren’t electric and diverts it toward “green” energy and EeeeeeeVeeees that don’t.
The next step is the application of ESG Principles to individuals – by punishing them when they fail to hew to the narrative-du-jour. Post something critical of “climate change” hysteria – or a fact about the drugs that aren’t “vaccines” – and they will simply Hoover up your money and style it a “fine.” It’ll do a lot to make sure you stay in line.
If you doubt it’s what they have planned, you failed to get the message they just sent.
What can we do?
I favor shooting the fucking bastards in the fucking face with a full-auto battle rifle myself, but maybe that’s just me. I’m ornery like that sometimes.
As to PayPal’s shift from being a payment portal right into full-bore gangsterism and grand larceny, y’all may have noticed the new Gab Pay link over in the right sidebar. Barry was kind enough to test it for me with a donation, but after talking it over a bit with him earlier today we still aren’t completely sure it’s working correctly. The problem probably exists somewhere between my monitor and my chair, but in any event I’m thinking I’ll leave the PayPal button in place for the nonce, until such time as I’m confident I have everything wired and plumbed properly. If you decide to use the Gab Pay button yourself, please be sure to let me know how it all went, ‘kay?