After they froze a successful GrayZone fundraiser over unnamed "external concerns," GoFundMe became the official poster child for the politicization of economic services
The Canadian trucker convoy was what pushed me to givesendgo, and haven't donated a red penny through gofundme since. They are so busy licking the hands of those that feed and control them to ever be part of the 'answer'.
This is why we've been screaming about this issue for so long -- it never ever ever stops at the 'bad' people. Once you allow government -- via law or censorship -- to determined what is and isn't 'allowable' speech, dissent is QUICKLY determined to be unallowed. That's why the First Amendment is first -- without it, none of the other rights matter because you'll never be allowed to speak up.
Edit: The writing was on the wall after what happened in Canada.
But before we get there, we must first revisit Canada’s recent protests. Truckers and other supporters moved into Ottawa, made things extremely uncomfortable for Justin Trudeau, then got their assets frozen after the Canadian government declared use of the Emergency Powers Act — despite not even being charged with a crime in most cases.
Although the freezing of protestors’ bank accounts in Canada was horrifying, at least there was a tiny bit of logic behind it. These specific people are doing things that we (just) declared illegal, so we’re going to punish them. It was bullshit that the government used emergency powers to basically unperson the protestors and their supporters, but you can sell this to the Canadian people. Almost.
That brings us to Russia. Biden has ordered the seizure of Russian yachts and other assets of people who have little connection to the Russian government. Numerous companies have pulled out of the Russian market (so much for “greedy businesses do anything for a buck”) in an attempt to show support for Ukraine or pressure the Russian government into submission, to be honest I’m not exactly clear. But stealing from and cutting off services to regular Russians doesn’t hurt the government. If anything, it makes Russians angry at us instead of Putin! How would you like to be ‘canceled’ over the actions of Joe Biden?
I'm in outrage fatigue. My forehead permanently flattened from too many face palms. And yet so many seem blissfully oblivious of the severe contraction of fundamental rights, across platforms, borders and continents. Fresh hell is no longer approaching. It's rot is upon us.
As a Canadian who sent a small donation via GoEffYourself to the Truckers, then spent two tense weeks wondering if Turdeau's government would freeze my accounts, I have refused to donate any more money through those reprobates. I've used Give Send Go as an alternate.
Sorry Matt-this is old news-more than a year since it became apparent that they are lawless. Anybody who still uses GFM is crazy.
GFM destroyed their brand when they betrayed the Canadian Freedom Convoy protest. Permanently fucked themselves.
Had to chuckle that by implication the screwing of the Canadian truckers had a 'patina of justification,' but glad to have you fully aboard now.
"This Grayzone incident is perhaps most loathsome, lacking even a patina of necessity or justification, while serving as a depressingly obvious preview of things to come."
That was a gut punch because it's so true. Wait until they move us to CBDCs, (Central Bank Digital Currency). That will be the apex of this "Game over man!" authoritarian takeover. The government will then have power over every single financial transaction you make. And the will absolutely use that power. You want meat? Naw. Try some bugs!! They're an overlooked source of protein according to the Davos denizens.
Canadian Truckers ring a bell? They were just protesting lockdowns peacefully
I’ll never participate in a Gofundme raising again and will explain why to the sponsors.
Let’s not forget they ripped off millions from the Trucker’s Protest in Canada.
I’m sorry, but to my plebeian knowledge, freezing the funds without returning them to their donors is also known as stealing.
When they arrested, my father, they seized all his money so he couldn’t afford a legal defense. This is a common pattern with them. People just think it won’t happen to them. It can happen to you or anyone.
Currently using GiveSendGo, so far so good. The Canadian Truckers episode was enough for me.
I found the freezing of the trucker protest to be the worst of all. Sorry to the gray zone but why would they still use it? They thought because they were left leaning that it wouldn’t affect them
Is there any doubt that the kind of governmental interference and moderation "pressure" seen in the Twitter Files is happening here? Not in my mind.
Someone with a different viewpoint or who is guilty of WrongThink wants to raise some money? Let's go ahead and shut that down.