WATCH: PayPal, Censorship & Democracy

Watch British rapper and activist LowKey, MintPress News Editor Mnar Adley and Consortium News Editor Joe Lauria as they discuss the state of Western democracy and a free press in light of PayPal’s bans on independent media. 

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6 comments for “WATCH: PayPal, Censorship & Democracy

  1. Don
    May 10, 2022 at 11:59

    Boycott PayPal.

    For those of you, who like me, have an e-commerce site, there are lots of options for payment processing. If you use them, dump them and hope that they ask why. If you don’t, hope that they pitch you so that you can tell them that you will not do business with a company that enforces the West’s propaganda and censorship.

  2. robert e williamson jr
    May 6, 2022 at 18:39

    I had a run in with these idiots a couple of years ago. I had engaged in making a small monthly contribution to a fellow veteran after he had a run in with a private security contractor. They didn’t let up on him and we mutually agreed to end the arrangement.

    I called the org. after not being able to determine how to stop those monthly payments made from a credit card account.

    I’m not the most patient person to begin with but when someone wants to be a dirty no good for nothing SOB it doesn’t take me long to cut down to the quick.

    They said I could not stop the payments. I inquired why and the answer was some BS about the only way I could do it was to cancel that credit card. I told her fine, that is okay, then the BS started anew, well your credit will take a hit and you will never be able to get that card again.

    I told this person I was recording the call , which is legal in my state, and I planned to do the following.

    They had just taken a payment from the card which she agreed they had and I told that I was ordering her to not take another payment and my next call would be to the credit card company to cancel my card.

    Which I did. End of story.

    The magnificent notorious RBG told the story of wanting a fair shake from men. Something about them not placing their boot on her neck. Be advised everyone, these millionaires are trying and doing the same thing don’t ever stand for it.

    Thanks CN

  3. Cal Lash
    May 6, 2022 at 16:39

    I cancelled my Pal Pal account

  4. Paine
    May 6, 2022 at 16:12

    The podcast mentions that the Hudson Institute, a private neo-con think-tank that is funded, in part, by Raytheon, a major US defense contractor.

    I questioned in a prior post, whether our national security apparatus and private military contractors are behind the scene advocating for a first strike nuclear war with Russia. Now we have an answer.

    As the Hudson Institute’s Seth Cropsey, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2022, entitled “US Should Show It Can Win a Nuclear War.” He advocated a nuclear with Russia and China, predicting that the the U.S. would win, although he acknowledged that the U.S. would incur the loss of millions of American lives. Other neo-cons have the same viewpoint.,Such advocacy is total lunacy.

    While Biden has said he doesn’t want the US to fight fight Russia, the neo-con’s in Biden’s government want the US to take on Russia in Ukraine.

    Biden said the Russia was not provoked by Ukraine into intervening in the on-going civil war in Ukraine, such is at odds with a NATO-Swiss intelligence officer report that says that the Ukrainian Army increased 30-fold the shelling of Western Ukraine in the days before Russia intervened militarily, and the large influx of ethnic Russian civilians refugees fleeing to Russia due the bombardment.

    Had the neo-cons in the US national security apparatus been responsible for the increased attacks to draw Russia into the conflict, and not told Biden that? Appears so, if he honestly believed what he told the American public.

    While Biden says his aim is to weaken Russia, and he has expressed his hope that via economic sanctions placed on Russia, the Russian people will rise-up and topple Putin.

    The neo-cons in the national security apparatus appear playing a different end game that may result in an incident or Ukrainian loss that would be a pretext for direct intervention by the US military that could lead to a nuclear exchange with Russia.

    If it becomes apparent that Russia is going to win, what will these neo-cons be telling President Biden? Will he want to avoid ax US and Ukrainian defeat by escalating US military involvement that may lead to a nuclear exchange with Russia?

    Today, power politics and military force rules foreign policy, not diplomacy and the protection of the American people.

    Voices are being drowned-out for even suggesting that the US and Ukraine seek a diplomatic solution.

    Raytheon is advocating for increased US military hardware being sent to Ukraine as that results in larger sales and profits.

    Reports and photos indicate that good bit of the US military hardware provided to Ukraine is being destroyed by the Russian military.

    Such explains why the US is constantly having to resupply Ukraine with additional weapons. The Pentagon should publish how many US supplied weapons have been destroyed by the Russians.

    But such won’t happen as the US government doesn’t want the American public to know how bad the war is going, and how American tax dollars are wastefully being spent.

    Former President Eisenhower warned us of the enormous misplaced influence of military contractors on US foreign policy. It’s on full display in Ukraine.

    • Joe Wallace
      May 7, 2022 at 17:48


      “the Ukrainian Army increased 30-fold the shelling of Western Ukraine in the days before Russia intervened militarily,”

      With respect, I take your point, but the increased shelling was not in Western Ukraine but in Eastern Ukraine, where separatists opposed the coup that had disenfranchised them.

  5. Afdal
    May 6, 2022 at 04:42

    The entire concept of “representative democracy” has been an Orwellian inversion of word meaning, an oxymoron constructed over 200 years ago with significant influence by some of America’s early presidents. The ancient Athenians were intimately aware of governments in which you elect people for government service, and they consciously and deliberately rejected them as fundamentally oligarchic in nature. To the people who invented the whole idea, democracy was governance by random lot, where a system called sortition is used to randomly select citizens for government service, in opposition to elections. Jury duty is the only institution of ours that descends directly from democracies in the ancient world. There is no “direct democracy” versus “representative democracy”, the reality is Real Democracy vs. Oligarchy Modeled After Rome. The mention of Mike Gravel was quite relevant, if I remember right Gravel was actually an advocate for a citizens’ branch of congress selected via sortition in the years before his death.

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