Where current trends will take what’s left of our civil liberties—we won’t have any. From Porter at kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com:
I hope you won’t think me anything less than a grinning optimist if I were to opine that the path from corporate censorship to corporate oppression is practically frictionless. Social media, Internet infrastructure, and now even payment processors have raised their red flags in a coordinated assault. It’s been quite a demonstration of malice. And I suspect it’s one that’s barely even begun.
That’s because the corporate-left’s attacks have all been ad-hoc to this point. Think of it as artisanal totalitarianism. All communist heroes and no five-year plans. The entire process relies too much on individual bolshevik valor. Normally it requires a twitter bugler to scream anathema, which may or may not generate the necessary prog frenzy, which then induces the relatively slow corporate gears to grind the offender into unpersonhood. It’s effective, but inefficient. And inefficiency is something corporations can efficiently resolve. But they formal need policy and procedure.
The corporate-left or, for sake of accurate brevity, simply corporations require a task list, an archive of social non-compliance, remediation metrics, service level agreements, and audit. They need to know what consumer units are defective, how these defective units will be removed, and what proactive steps are being taken to prevent their reintroduction into the production environment.
The keystone to all of this is a registry, or an E-Verify on Legacy Americans. I presume this will be called a Hate-List, or Justice-Sheet, or Nazi-Latte, or whatever the most actresses demand. The intent being to maintain a list of untouchables. This will assuredly be managed by one or both the SPLC and ADL. And once they secure IP addresses of hate-speakers from Internet providers, an amply-populated catalogue will be available for broad corporate resolution.
It should be no small irony that the industries most highly regulated by the government will be those least moved to destroy the right. Thus I presume public utilities like gas and electric will be available even to people who liked the country they were born into. Similarly, government-examined banks are more likely to remain benignly aloof of the conflict. But Visa and Mastercard will cancel accounts vigorously. Just as mortgage-companies, realtors, chain grocery stores, restaurants, retail, Uber, Amazon, and any other enterprise that has a recognizable brand and thus sensitivity to public pressure will likely join the effort. Many will join with glittery-eyed religious rapture, while many others will join for the same reason conscripts joined the Red Army: Going to war meant death was likely; refusing to go meant it was certain.
So I can imagine businesses plastering participation propaganda in every window as much out of fear as enthusiasm. We participate in Hate-Watch. Keep America diverse! Those, increasingly smaller, businessmen who decline to participate in the program—refusing service or employment to any on the list and submitting to regular validation audits—will be prone to unexpected bouts of hate themselves. Bill’s Dry-Cleaning doesn’t participate in Hate-Watch. Is this the type of business we want in our community? No!
Obviously such a liberal utopia places power beyond the President in the hands of unelected, intensely hostile (and ethnically homogenous) List administrators. This is, of course, the entire purpose of being one. Such clawed-creatures will rapidly become the most feared in the country. Though frequently fear may be allayed through generous financial contributions.
But for those less generously inclined toward mortal enemies, life can be made quite difficult indeed. This as avenues for earning or enjoying a living become tightly constricted. And those who presume their children won’t suffer from taint will be highly disappointed. Why should our University accept the son of a registered hater when there are so many qualified foreign applicants?
Perhaps most drolly amusing of all are the certain reactions. We can be sure democrats have lost any aversion to blacklists; as such their enthusiasm will be extreme. As for the National Review/Paul Ryan wing this tyranny of mass-colluding corporations will have only one possible name: Free Enterprise!
Because if there’s no big-government coercion then conservative principles are intact, even if conservatives are not. And if you don’t like what corporations are doing to you then just build your own Internet backbone, data centers, payment rails, and global logistics chain. I mean did it stop Sergey Brin, Jack Dorsey, or Jeff Bezos when they were denied income sources, commercial outlets, and marketing platforms? I’ll just ask Senator Ben Sasse if he knows the answer.
In the meantime I’d like to imagine Jeff Sessions will stop making cookies and crawl out of his tree before it comes to this. Plainly the Republican Congress will not be moved to action. And as a result, are not long to be the Republican Congress. Though ignoring those dormant entities, Trump needs to start issuing some highly motivational executive orders. Perhaps he will understand the gravity of this issue when his own card gets denied at Mar-a-Lago.