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The merger between the left and corporations continues. This week on Twitter, attention peaked around the latest press release from the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announcing a partnership with online payment service PayPal to “understand how extremists leverage financial platforms to fund criminal activity.” For those unaware, both PayPal and the ADL have a years-long history of service denial and cancel culture politics.
PayPal and the ADL have colluded in the past, working together to threaten the state of Georgia by propagating the mainstream media’s myth of Georgia’s supposed “Jim Crow” voting reform bill. Recently, the ADL also has worked with likeminded groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that successfully convinced payment processors Visa and MasterCard to block donations to the David Horowitz Freedom Center years ago. The ADL’s recent partnership with such entities begs the question: Is the watchdog group less-than-subtly lobbying PayPal to shut down present or future political opponents?
The ADL’s recent moves have vexed conservatives. The nonprofit has been known for pushing back against the increasing flow of anti-Israel rhetoric from the left and for holding the Biden administration accountable for the recent spike of anti-Semitic attacks. Its recent partnership with the world’s largest payment processer combined with renewed woke posturing has led many to fear that the ADL may become yet another example of a corporate-sized nonprofit manipulating the private sector for its political benefit.
While some skeptics may consider the concern about such a partnership as partisan fearmongering, PayPal has already set a precedent for banning users with the “help” of social justice watchdogs. In 2019, CEO Dan Schulman revealed that the SLPC had played a significant role in lobbying PayPal to cut off specific users from its financial system. However, it was not specified whether this collaborative effort had ever ended. Despite nonprofits using “human rights” and “social justice advocacy” as shields from outside criticism, they continue to wield enormous power over governing forces. Members of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web have decried the power being wielded by industrial giants such as PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard. At the same time, even smaller companies, such as Patreon, have blocked conservative content creators from monetizing their work on their sites.
Paypal has blocked controversial figures such as Alex Jones and social media sites such as Gab for supposedly tolerating or promoting hate speech. Jokes about America’s version of social credit scores coming from the private sector may end up proving true this practice continues. With today’s political climate favoring one-sided echo chambers rather than an open marketplace of ideas, sounding the alarm on potential abuses of power by our corporate overlords must continue.
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