OK, it’s not happening here in Britain yet but bad ideas from the USA usually manage to leap across The Atlantic Ocean without difficiulty, and the really unpleasant ones make that crossing at supersonic speed. The latest crappy idea from the far right control freaks of the US Progressivw Liberal movement, and probably the crappiest yet to spring from that fountain of self – righteous idiocy is financial censorship of our activities by credit and debit card providers.
Blocking payments to individuals or groups by financial service firms because of their political views impedes freedom of speech in a free society, journalist Ben Swann has told RT, following reports that MasterCard is allegedly on course to censor the far-right by blocking payments from supporters.
The New York-based organisation is reported to be on the brink of being forced by pressure from far left extremists to create an internal “human rights committee” that would monitor payments to “white supremacist groups and anti-Islam activists.”
“The problem is that everyone has their own views and, in a free society, the idea of a free society is that you are free to have your belief systems, as long as you’re not harming anyone else physically,” Swann told RT America.
“But your belief system belongs to you and you have the right be wrong. White supremacists have the right to be wrong.”
MasterCard is not the only financial services provider considering the selective banning of individuals from their services and funds. Crowd funding webside Patreon and online payments handler PayPal have previously barred individuals considered to hold ‘extreme views’ from receiving payments via their platforms.
But unlike being excluded from online only platforms, being cut off from one of the leading global financial services corporations is likely have a much greater impact on the financial status of an individual or a group, especially after the US Securities and Exchange Commission reportedly blessed MasterCard’s undertaking.
By doing this, Swann believes the government granted “big corporations the ability to control what voices are heard.”
The issue with such an approach, the investigative journalist argues, would lead to a wider crackdown on financial payments to anyone who an authoritarian government would view as unfavorable.
“The fact that the SEC has given a green light to this essentially says the SEC supports the idea of censoring these groups in order to freeze out essentially anyone you don’t agree with,” the journalist said.
“It is a dystopian 1984 world view and yet we’re living through it right now,” the journalist observed.
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