In this video, Dave Rubin and I focus on four issues:
(1) our departure from Patreon (as of Jan 15, 2019);
(2) plans to create an alternative creator-funding platform, with multiple payment options, and with protection for free speech foremost and center as a guiding principle;
(3) the exceptional danger posed by the increasing willingness of payment processors such as MasterCard, Visa and PayPal to monitor, judge and regulate the spending habits of their customers;
(4) the pressure being applied to such companies by organizations designed precisely for that purpose (such as “Change the Terms (https://www.changetheterms.org/), aimed at the elimination of what they regard as “hate speech” online and everywhere else).
NY Times articles on the “ethical responsibility” of credit card companies to monitor customer spending: (1) How banks could control gun sales if Washington won’t (Feb 19, 2018): https://nyti.ms/2GwQuy1; (2)
How banks unwittingly finance mass shootings (Dec 24, 2018): https://nyti.ms/2Sv6NC3
NY Times article on Patreon’s censorship and deplatforming of Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin) (and all his supporters): Patreon bars anti-feminist for racist speech, inciting revolt (Dec 24, 2018): https://nyti.ms/2F2J34n