Alternative Start-Ups Cut Off from Financial Services in Overnight Political Purge by Stripe
Two alternative crowdfunding sites and one YouTube alternative start-up were effectively shuttered over the weekend by Stripe, a payment processing company. Freestartr, a free speech answer to Patreon, where conservatives like Laura Southern have been discriminated against; Bitchute, a YouTube alternative that grew to popularity after YouTube deleted or demonetized conservative channels; and MakerSupport, a fundraising platform also in competition with Patreon, were all affected. All of these platforms are very clear about staying neutral and allowing all speech on their platforms regardless of politics. The MakerSupport website reads, "MakerSupport is a platform for creators, by creators. Finally, crowdfunding is simple! We believe that creators of all stripes should be able to earn a living doing what they love." Each alternative site is dedicated to providing space for anyone.
The Daily Stormer, a racist blog that most people agree should be ignored, was deleted by Google for ideological reasons. We've gone from a country that used to believe in defending offensive speech to a society that demands offensive speech be silenced by any means necessary. But silencing racists at The Daily Stormer is not where it ends.
"The demand for Nazis or racists vastly exceeds their supply, so some people are caught up in the crossfire, sometimes literally in the case of the shooter who fired upon members of Congress and their staff playing baseball," continued Johnson. Average conservative and libertarian voices are being targeted and silenced under the pretense that they are vile racists or "Nazis."