Google, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, Kickstarter, etc., etc., etc. The internet giants will be doing everything in their power to shut down the opposition to Dementia Joe. They will de-platform, ban and demonetize everyone on the right they can think of.
Will this work? No, not really. What it will do is change the basis of how things will work going forward. Conservatives won’t be able to free ride on the social network platforms and monetize their popularity through Google’s monolithic stranglehold on the flow of information and internet advertising. The Right will be forced to set themselves up as Mom-and-Pop shops doing their advertising in places like Parler and Gab. Well, so what? That’s probably a good idea. Being under the thumb of the Tech Giants means having to pass their ever more biased speech codes until you’d end up either sounding exactly like the Left or completely silent.
The harder challenge will be the banks and credit companies. PayPal and some of the other e-commerce payment processors have also been cancelling out the accounts of people whose politics they don’t approve of. The last I heard there are some alternate processors who will serve instead. There are probably problems associated with the alternatives but right now those are the breaks. It can be expected that the Left will continue to put pressure on these alternate providers to close ranks to try to starve out the Right. And for that reason, in the future it should be a priority of any organized front on the Right to build up financial platforms of our own to protect us from the Left’s blockade actions.
Up until now I haven’t monetized my site at all. I really want to find out if I have anything worth selling. But I have noticed a few folks making the first moves to putting in paywalls around some content and accepting a few reasonable ads on their sites. I like what the ZMan is doing. He gives a plug for businesses that are owned by conservatives. That makes a lot of sense. We’re going to have to have a lot more of exactly that.
And I’ve been threatening to finish a book I’ve been working on for months. Well, the excitement of the last couple of months has set me back at least that long but one day I’ll be peddling my opus magnum and I’ll have to decide whether I will use Amazon exclusively or try some other venue. Maybe I’ll even have a store of my own. We’ll see.
But the thing about all this is that it would go a lot faster and easier if we had a billionaire who had the wherewithal to set something up that catered to us. A combination Facebook, YouTube, PayPal and Kickstarter just for the Right. No more deplatforming, no more banning no more doxxing. Basically, a place of our own. And meanwhile the billionaire would make money hand over fist doing it. Think of the merchandising and other opportunities available from having almost a monopoly over about 150 million Americans. Now that really is worth the trouble of setting up.
If you’re reading this Mr. President think about it. Building that would feel like a revolution all by itself.