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Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Big Tech has censored not just pro-Russia outlets, but leftist media that blame the conflict on American imperialism through NATO expansion. This week, that censorship expanded to include financial deplatforming. As Matt Taibbi, Jacobin, and others have explained, PayPal stopped working with Consortium News and MintPress News. Socialist Branko Marcetic, wrote this for Jacobin:

Regardless of what you might think about either publication’s output — like any publication, a reasonable reader will find pieces at both that they agree and disagree with — this is a frightening attack on press freedoms. Faceless tech bureaucrats have unilaterally cut two serious independent media outlets off from a vital source of funding with no prior warning, no ability to appeal, and no explanation besides a vague reference to ‘potential risk’

That’s what happened to American Renaissance and VDARE, among others, after the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nobody outside of dissident circles noticed or complained. Two years ago, I wrote about how few critics of “cancel culture” mention or defend white advocates, probably for fear of being cancelled. Even today, none of the leftists criticizing PayPal mention AmRen. The closest anyone came was Mr. Taibbi: “PayPal meanwhile has periodically cut off other controversial media outlets, on both the left and the right.”

The Jacobin essay about this ends with a wise warning:

Given how the history of tech censorship has gone, it would be surprising if the censure of Consortium News and MintPress News is where this ends, particularly with PayPal’s actions receiving no pushback, criticism, or even notice outside of independent media. But mainstream press outlets would be foolish to ignore the issue. Tech censorship may be overwhelmingly focused on independent outlets for now, but given recent precedents, it’s only a matter of time before a president — one less friendly toward the press — uses the union of tech companies and government power to train the crosshairs on them.

Why didn’t “independent journalists” sound the alarm back in 2017, when PayPal gave American Renaissance the boot?

(Republished from American Renaissance by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Censorship, Deplatforming, Paypal 
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  1. meamjojo says:

    You can always purchase a mimeograph machine, stand on the corner handing out your missives and perhaps some people will drop a few coins in your hat..

  2. BuelahMan says:

    I refuse to use any service or outlet that does this.

  3. Well you’ve got to hand it to the free market fetish crowd, where else but in America would anyone think of privatizing the state surveillance and censorship apparatus? Turning oppression into opportunity for corporate profit defines the utter moral bankruptcy of late-stage capitalism, just as that bad man with the whiskers predicted long ago.

  4. There’s something funny about people who practice censorship on their own websites complaining about it when others do it to them. Also, “white advocates”? Why not just admit you’re a racist? They’re going to call you that anyway you know. “White advocate” doesn’t fool anyone and is the kind of cowardly circumlocution favored by people who may as well announce that they are so afraid of the word “racist” that they felt the need to come up with some other name for it. But this violates Rule One: Never show fear to the enemy.

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  5. martin_2 says:
    @Dr. Robert Morgan

    I disagree. “White advocate” is an excellent phrase. When I am involved in a discussion about Race I always say, “I am white and as a natural consequence I advocate for white people, just as blacks advocate for blacks and Asians advocate for Asians.”

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
  6. I used paypal frequently until I learned that they were “partering” with the loathsome ADL and SPLC, as is detailed here:

    I first learned about it on Rod Dreher’s blog:

    Of course St. Rod would rather slide naked down a razor blade into a pool of iodine than name the Jew.

  7. martin_2: ““White advocate” is an excellent phrase ”

    LOL, sure it is. It kept Amren from getting kicked off Paypal, didn’t it? Oh, wait …

    From a propaganda point of view it has other problems too. An “advocate” is another term for lawyer, and everyone with any sense already hates lawyers. And who needs a lawyer? Someone who has committed an offense, that’s who. So by calling yourself an advocate you’ve already started off on the wrong foot. You’ve both identified yourself with a widely despised group (lawyers) and suggested your clients (white people) are guilty of some offense.

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