The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has partnered with PayPal to fight government resistance and other loosely defined terminology. These terms include words such as “bigotry”, “extremism”, “hate”, “evil”, and “anti-government”.
The meaning of words such as “bigotry”, “extremism”, “hate”, “evil” and “anti-government” have changed over time since their inception, and will continue to. This means these broad terms can be applied to almost anything anybody disagrees with, regardless of their intent.
Will the term “anti-government” apply to [non-violent] ideologies like Anarchism or aim to target Libertarians? Will opposing legislation, or calling for less government be considered “extremism”? Will stand-up Comedy become “hate” speech? Will Religion be considered “bigotry”? Who and what will be deemed “evil”?
On Monday, the ADL shared a statement on Twitter “We’re excited to announce a new partnership with @PayPal to fight extremism and hate. We’ve launched a research effort to understand how extremists leverage financial platforms to fund criminal activity.”
“This innovative partnership between ADL and PayPal encourages us to think outside the box when fighting evil,” said Sindy Benavides, CEO, LULAC.
“I applaud PayPal and the ADL for joining forces to combat hate and extremist movements who seek to utilize financial platforms to bankroll their criminal activities and profit from the spread of racism and bigotry,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. “My office stands ready to assist financial institutions and businesses of all kinds in this urgent fight to stop hate and protect members of historically marginalized communities.”
The ADL’s website states “PayPal and ADL have launched a research effort to address the urgent need to understand how extremist and hate movements throughout the U.S. are attempting to leverage financial platforms to fund criminal activity. The intelligence gathered through this research initiative will be shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement.”
“The initiative with PayPal will be led through ADL’s Center on Extremism, a leading authority on extremism, terrorism and hate. PayPal and ADL will focus on further uncovering and disrupting the financial pipelines that support extremist and hate movements. In addition to extremist and anti-government organizations, the initiative will focus on actors and networks spreading and profiting from all forms of hate and bigotry against any community.”
Now, censorship has expanded beyond social media platforms. Opposition to the system will result in physically being cut off from receiving payments through PayPal, should it fit the ADL’s ‘criteria’. Free Speech for many, may soon quickly result in an exile from society.
As America’s concept and importance of Constitutional Free Speech fades: specific ideologies, partisan views, religious beliefs, comedy, conspiracy theories, spirituality, and opposition to government are all subject to fitting the ADL’s criteria for censorship.
Should a small group of people decide what you can and can’t say, or believe? Is it worth losing the ability to feed yourself and provide for your family, to risk speaking your mind or beliefs? Should Americans even have to ask themselves these questions?