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This column is Part 2 of a 3-part series. Read Part 1, “Big Tech’s Financial Terrorism And Social Excommunication.

PAYPAL HOLDINGS, Inc, is an indispensable, American, global corporation, without whose services, financially transacting online is difficult. The company is worth \$16.929 billion.

The worthless Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a meddlesome shakedown operation, in the mold of the Southern Poverty Law Center, that has taken it upon itself to decide who lives and who dies socially and financially. People like Pat Buchanan and Tucker Carlson the ADL deems to be mired in white supremacism. What next?

The ADL and PayPal have conspired to ferret out “bigotry and extremism” from the financial industry, by which they mean ban thought crimes.

“Racism—systemic or other—remains nothing but thought crime: impolite and impolitic thoughts, spoken, written or preached. Thought crimes are nobody’s business in free societies.”

In response to this particular collusion against thought crimes, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has vowed to stay chipper. This is not sufficient a solution from so powerful a persona as Mr. Carlson.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ Solution

The requisite and fitting noblesse oblige comes from Justice Clarence Thomas.

As one of the few public intellectual to grasp the gravity of social and financial excommunication by Deep Tech (to denote Big Tech’s enmeshment with The State), and for proposing a way to prohibit wicked social and financial ouster of innocents—Justice Thomas is my hero.

To blabber on about simply finding alternative outlets to Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, PayPal and other banking facilities is asinine verging on the criminal. Coming from political representatives, such advice ought to guarantee loss of face, even political expulsion.

The ordinary guy or girl (check) is told to go up against economic and political entities whose revenues exceed the GDP of quite a number of G20 nations combined.

“It changes nothing that these platforms are not the sole means for distributing speech or information,” inveighs Justice Thomas:

“A person could always choose to avoid the toll bridge or train and instead swim the Charles River or hike the Oregon Trail. But in assessing whether a company exercises substantial market power, what matters is whether the alternatives are comparable. For many of today’s digital platforms, nothing is.”

I’d go further. It would hardly be hyperbole, in driving home Justice Thomas’s ingenious point, to put it thus:

With respect to financial de-platforming, barring someone from PayPal is like prohibiting a passenger from crossing the English Channel by high-speed train, via ferry and by means of 90 percent of airplanes.

“Sure, some options remain for you to explore, you hapless loser. Go to it!”

Thomas has argued in favor of the “two legal doctrines” that “limit the right of a private company to exclude”:

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The first doctrine, he explained, involves “common carriers,” such as railroads and telegraphs, which have historically been required “to serve all comers.” The second involves “places of public accommodation” or amusement, such as inns, restaurants, and theaters, which have generally been forbidden from denying service to certain categories of people. “The similarities between some digital platforms and common carriers or places of accommodation,” Thomas wrote, “may give legislators strong arguments for similarly regulating digital platforms.” (Via Reason.)

Republicans, especially the tenured motormouths on TV, have refused so much as to grapple with Justice Thomas’ outstanding assessment of Big Tech and his attendant legal recommendation.

Too complex?

Next Week: Part 3, “Mercer & Mystery Man’s Big-Tech Solutions.”

Part 1: Big Tech’s Financial Terrorism And Social Excommunication (The Problem)

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian think piece since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn; banned by Facebook, and has a new Podcast

 
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  1. Right_On says:

    The ADL and PayPal have conspired to ferret out “bigotry and extremism” from the financial industry, by which they mean ban thought crimes.

    I wish I had the smarts to pull off a hoax by sending Bank of America customers an email saying that the Ku Klux Klan was being granted access to their financial history.

  2. Anon[261] • Disclaimer says:

    CoJiT: The “Anti-Extremism” Think Tank Started by Sons of Israeli Superspy Robert Maxwell
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/cojit-influential-think-tank-started-sons-israel-superspy-robert-maxwell/278112/

    • Thanks: mark green
  3. Dan Hayes says:

    Very perceptive comments by Judge Thomas. Thanks. And please give Tucker more slack as he’s in a very precarious position being constantly monitored by the SJW vultures.

    • Replies: @Drapetomaniac
  4. Rules of becoming trillionaire:

    One cannot become rich beyond a certain point without cheating the government – First Rule

    And above that lies another point, beyond which one cannot become richer without the active collusion of the government and without damaging the fabrics of the society – Second Rule.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Drapetomaniac
  5. Mr. Ed says:

    I’ve stayed away from Paypal for years and not suffered for doing so; Mercer exaggerrates.

    • Replies: @goldgettin
    , @Trinity
  6. anarchyst says:

    Justice Thomas is right. Redefining social media platforms as “common carriers” is a good first step, but doesn’t go far enough. If a social media outlet takes orders from government, it must be subject to the 1st Amendment and cannot ban anyone from speaking on the platform.
    Government collusion can be proven to exist on just about every social media site, and as such would make them all subject to 1st Amendment standards.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  7. @Mr. Ed

    Wrong…She is just scratching the surface.It is you underestimating the scope
    and depth of this “situation”.Don’t see just trees in the forest.Imagine…
    the exponential,generational, situational consequences of this “reality”…
    I suggest that you consider reading the article again.She is on it…almost.
    Einstein said, “imagination is more important than knowledge”…See farther.

  8. Trinity says:
    @Mr. Ed

    75% of the articles if not more on this site are mind fucks intended to lay down a mojo on the brain. Clearly these articles more or less preach doom and gloom for the INTENTION of making Whites think all hope is gone. Take EVERY SINGLE article on this site with a grain of salt. It makes for good comedy mostly. (((Controlled opposition))) is rampant here. What did Napoleon Hill say?

    If you think you are beaten, you are
    If you think you dare not you don’t…….. yada yada……

    Most of this shit sounds like something out of (((Marvel))) or (((DC))) comics. Check out the covid articles for some real laughs.

    Cue: Pick Up The Pieces by The Average White Band

  9. The worthless Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a meddlesome shakedown operation, in the mold of the Southern Poverty Law Center…

    That’s backwards. It’s the other way around: the ADL has been operating more than twice as long.

    As one of the few public intellectual…

    Take that back. Justice Thomas is far too good and valuable to deserve the defamatory term “intellectual”.

  10. Realist says:
    @Old Brown Fool

    Also applies to becoming a billionaire

  11. Any org with material tie to the DC monsters is legally constrained from speech interference—by the first amendment to the constitution, not the ‘judicial’ emanations normally thought to compose that stupidly misread law.

    For example, no FDIC-derived counterfeiting scam may disallow dissidents as dissidents. It’s illegal.

    Same with any congressionally favored entity or its parent company.

    All irrelevant, likely, but it’s surprising that it appears none of the earnest credulous has filed suit on that ground.

    Similarly, it was fraud for the tech speech masters to corner the market with speech allowance then toss the speechers. They should be prosecuted for this, civilly and criminally.

  12. @anarchyst

    You are right “Government collusion can be proven to exist on just about every social media site, and as such would make them all subject to 1st Amendment standards.” But if the scales are rigged and justice is not blind then no remedy or law is of any help.

  13. Avianthro says:

    Agreed: Placing our hopes of controlling big tech in the legal principles noted by Justice Thomas is probably the best strategy available. However, the legal battle may not be winnable in a system that’s already so corrupted and also the case may drag on so long that it never really goes anywhere. The titans of tech have deep pockets and damn good lawyers.

    So, I wish such a case godspeed, best of luck, but then I recognize that the more fundamental problem is that our system of rules allowed such over-sized monopolistic behemoths to develop in the first place. The great corruption or error of the system lies there: We don’t have strong enough rules in place to limit the size of corps, and more fundamentally yet, to limit the wealth-power of individuals, the plutocrats who own the corps and control the system. That is a basic design deficiency that never should have been allowed, but once it was, the end result was inevitable… a system of rules, government, controlled by plutocrats. Now, without a revolution, there is no way to get the fundamental design flaw corrected. I don’t smell a revolution coming, a lot of turmoil Yes and that can be exploited by the plutocracy, but a revolution No, not until the economy breaks down to the point that the plutocrats can’t keep enough of the sheeple fed well enough or fooled well enough.

  14. Cking says:

    Justice Thomas’ assessment of what must be considered the Public Domain and the operations of Deep Tech, government chartered, corporations who have embedded themselves in it, is excellent. I trust the law and the courts system will be aligned in protecting the lives and rights of the American people as stipulated in the general welfare clause of the US Constitution.

  15. @Dan Hayes

    Sorry Mr. Thomas, guess again. Using government powers to fix problems caused by government is what a clueless person would do.

    Almost everyone on this planet is the result of inbreeding caused by government over many thousands of years. The result – a population of domesticated human animals.

    Mr. Thomas is part of the problem. Just like virtually everyone else.

    • Disagree: mark green
  16. @Old Brown Fool

    Barring government, an honest person is not likely to become wealthy without luck and/or hard work and/or an ability to please customers.

    With government, a person can become stinking rich by using it to steal from the masses.

    I personally am a trillionaire – I have a 50 trillion dollar Zimbabwean note. Worth almost nothing.

    Over a long enough timeline government can destroy anything of value.

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