This is one of those things that make me feel so helpless… Recently a couple of well known YouTubers got banned from their Patreon accounts, denying them any more crowdfunding through the popular service.
What makes me feel so helpless here is the fact that this is a drama on several levels, and I see fights going on on each of the separate levels and no one concentrating on the overarching and only real threat to our freedoms. Divide and conquer proves to be useful once again because the majority of the sheep are effortlessly set up against other sheep instead of the ones who are setting them up against each other. It makes me want to scream “have you all gone mad!!??!?”
Okay, I’ll try to stay somewhat coherent and start with a short historical overview of events. YouTube and Facebook are for some time now under constant fire because of their influence on the online public platforms, from Facebook being blamed for Trump’s election, to YouTube being rightfully criticized about kicking Alex Jones from their platform, next to numerous and regular reports of YouTube channels being demonetized. In the meanwhile the mainstream media campaigns against the dangers of “fake news” brought by non-reporters and the kid next door who now are suddenly allowed to bring their uninformed perspective on news events. Pizza gate, several public shooting events and more questionable news-items are being dissected by amateur YouTubers, much to the dismay of the defenders of the status quo. So they fight back; Google and Facebook are virtually monopolists and among them are capable of steering the public debate to a large degree by abusing their powers.
Therefore Patreon was like a gift from heaven; YouTube could now demonetize all they wanted because content creators now had an alternative way to generate income through crowdfunding. From as little as one dollar per month anyone can support their favorite online content creator, thereby releasing them from the financial leash YouTube had on them. Now this save haven is gone to, and it is done in a way that speaks volumes with regards to how little they care by now what the public’s reaction will be. The Sargon of Akkad ban in particular raised many angry eyebrows, because he’s seen as a free speech advocate, but not especially left or right winged. And here’s where things start to get murky…
Sargon woke up one morning to find his Patreon account deleted. He was banned because he used “offensive slurs” in an interview on someone else’s channel, ten months ago, and this was against Patreon’s terms of service. When Sargon inquired further because he was rightfully confused about being held responsible for statements made on a whole other channel, he got this response from Patreon’s representative: “My team monitors our platform **and the online presence** of our creators to make sure that their content is within our Community Guidelines.” This would even make Orwell turn in his grave, I’m sure.
Now, Sargon did use inappropriate language, but totally appropriate when left within context; he was basically racially discriminating fascists, which is actually impossible to do. Unfortunately this is where the sheep lose focus while a new level is introduced in the discussion. Because now it’s the fault of the far left. What started as a fight against big international tech companies and for free speech, is now suddenly being framed as a fight between the far left and reasonable people… Now it’s suddenly a discussion about SJW like political correctness against die hard free speech defenders. Now it’s that the tech mega corporations are implementing a political agenda and the sheep on the left are too blind to see they’re being used, as opposed to the sheep in the center and on the right who see it all happening… This is how what should be a united front suffers it’s first fracture.
Quickly this discussion escalates into the notion that it’s all a conspiracy of left wing politics to prevent Trump being re-elected in the 2020 race. Trump supporters are the victims now of leftist political activists who report them to the authorities at YouTube and Patreon to get their accounts closed. You know, hit them where it hurts, in their wallets. Oh and it’s those feminazi’s to, because it was that that awful Anita Sarkeesian man-hater who got Sargon banned in an earlier event at the 2017 VidCon convention. So it’s men against women. Oh wait, it was a racial slur with the N-word leveled against white supremacist neo-nazi’s so it must be race against race now… And before you know, all the sheep of different colors, genders, religious affinities, political convictions, everybody is blaming everybody else. But especially the far left politics against Trump, is what’s left from the somewhat united front against the stealing of our basic rights.
And that was the wrong fight to begin with. This is what makes me so mad. The real enemies in this particular battle in the overarching war for our freedoms, are PayPal, Visa and MasterCard, Patreon’s financial partners. Or should I say rulers? Here’s a telling snippet of a conversation between YouTuber Matt Christiansen and Patreon’s Jacqueline Hart:
Jacqueline: The problem is is patreon takes payments. And while we are obviously supportive of the first amendment, there are other things we have to consider. Our mission is to fund our creative class. In order to accomplish that mission we have to build a community of creators that are comfortable sharing a platform, and if we allow certain types of speech that some people would call free speech, then only creators that use patreon that don’t mind their branding associated with that kind of speech would be those who use patreon and we fail at our mission. But secondly as a membership platform, payment processing is one of the core value propositions that we have. Payment processing depends on our ability to use the global payment network, and they have rules for what they will process.
Matt: Are you telling me that this was Patreon’s decision then, or someone pressured you into this?
Jacqueline: No – this was entirely Patreon’s decision.
Matt: Well then I don’t understand passing the buck off to somebody else.
Jacqueline: No, I’m not passing the buck off. The thing is we have guidelines, but I’m trying to explain, #1 it is our mission to fund the creative class and obviously some people may not want to be associated.
Matt: Well if it’s your mission, then payment processors are irrelevant. It’s your mission. That’s what you’re pursuing.
Jacqueline: We’re not visa and mastercard ourselves – we can’t just make the rules. That’s what I’m saying – there is an extra layer there.
And there you have it. The conversation goes on, and you can watch and listen to it in the video at the end, to show that according to Patreon a lot of content creators adjust their speech after a warning from them, and to show that Patreon is biased toward the far left when reviewing and banning creators.
Do you see how this works? The real enemy are the banks and their stupendously rich foot-soldiers in the tech industry (among other industries), the ones that rule the politicians they get the sheep to fight over. This is the reason why the far left is accused of demonizing profits by the far right, who in turn think it’s okay to become stupendously rich over the backs of those less fortunate. The sheep are being played once again like a piano by the money elite, clawing at each other instead of directing their anger where it belongs. Don’t believe for a second that the Trump supporter is your enemy, or that the far left politically correct SJW “feminazi” is your enemy. This is all part of the veil that’s being pulled over our eyes, to keep us fighting each other, to divide and conquer.
This is about the Minority Report, that old science fiction movie with Tom Cruise where the thought-police catches criminals before committing a crime. The deception is that our thought-police, executed by the online tech companies, is fighting on one side of a political divide, forcing the other side to retaliate. Don’t fall for the deception and keep focused on the thought police itself, and they are the banks and the largest multinationals in all industries. So please stop that left-right bullshit right now and see that they are both sides of the same monster, and fight the monster. Going crypto is a good first step, and you’re all welcome here 😉
To make matters even worse, even the alternative for Patreon, Subscribestar, has succumbed to the money power. After the banning of Sargon a lot of Patreon’s members fled to this alternative, only to find that the payment processors cut the ties with that company after a few “questionable” content creators went there. Please keep in mind what we’re up against. It’s not left against right. It’s not white against black. It’s not women against men nor gay against straight, young against old… This “culture war” is just like any other war propagandized by the real rulers, like the “war against drugs”, the “war against terrorism”, the “war against crime”. Don’t fall for it.
Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without Sargon’s own reaction to all of this: