I just don’t feel the anger this week. Sure there are all kinds of outrages to get outraged about but I’m just feeling outraged out. I propose to talk about positive things. So extending the previous post about deplatforming, I’d like to consider how to select what alternative platforms the Right should develop for itself. Where to start? Two selection principles come to mind.
2) Likelihood of Success
Both of these criteria have their merits. In fact I think that each is the best criterion for a different participant audience. The critical platforms, like on-line financing or large corporate entities like a large social media network or retail commercial entity, are projects that require the cooperation of large groups for funding and support. In this way resources and time is available to nurture a difficult project that is sorely needed but not easy to achieve. So these are projects that should be supported by collective action. On the other hand, personal goals should be the ones that have a high likelihood of succeeding. And in addition to a high likelihood of success they should also be reasonably profitable in whatever connotation that can have. So for instance a business venture that will earn a good income or a hobby that will provide a goodly amount of satisfaction those would qualify as profitable endeavors. In this way it fits the resources and enthusiasm of the small time operator. It will be seen as a positive endeavor and not a drain on the individual.
And this is how I address my place in the greater scheme of things. If someone who has more resources and/or energy is endeavoring to build some ambitious platform or entity that will benefit the larger community, I support it with my small resources and by publicizing it. For my own projects they are more modest. I will build a website and try to provide an environment where like-minded individuals can communicate and socialize without the endless trolling and official censure of the Facebooks and Twitters.
I put up the link for a Directory Right Wing Businesses to encourage other folks to pass along info on people on our side trying to make a go of it. So far that has been fairly inactive but time will tell if the readers get more enthusiastic as things move forward.
Of course, at some point much more will have to be done. I think it is overly optimistic to think the federal government will be successful in forcing the social media companies to play fair. I think it will be the profit motive that draws some fairly larger groups forward to provide the equivalent of Stripe, PayPal and the crowdfunding companies for those of us on the Right who are being threatened with deplatforming. Whether that will happen in months or years depends on how the Left presses forward with their purge. If they go too far it will definitely produce a market for alternatives.
So that’s my current thought on making our own stuff. Agree, disagree, any comments?