PayPal’s Indy-Media Wipeout and Other Comments

From left to right: PayPal’s Indy-Media erasure

“Online payment platform PayPal has suspended the accounts of a series of individual journalists and media without explanation” for a semi-annual “review”, alleging vague violations of its user agreement, fumes Matt Taibbi of TK News. A victim who actually spoke to a human from PayPal learned that the company planned to keep all payments it had now frozen if it decided there had been a breach. Outlets are indeed pissed, but this “further raises the bar on the content moderation movement” because “looking for money is a big leap from just suppressing speech, with a chilling effect much more important.” This is “especially true” for “the world of alternative media, where money has long been notoriously scarce.” If the issue is PayPal’s ban on providing “false, inaccurate, or misleading information,” it’s an ominous echo of Team Biden’s dystopian “Disinformation Governance Council.” ”

Conservative: no valid defense for Roe

“It’s a near-consensus among jurists, even those who believe abortion should be legal, that Roe was a wrong, unconstitutional decision,” said Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner. “The Constitution obviously does not protect abortion as a fundamental right. Roe was relying on a “right to privacy” “emanating” from a “twilight” expressed by actually enumerated rights. It was clearly reasoned reasoning. If “Roe falls” then “abortion advocates must convince politicians to vote to strip unborn babies of legal protections.” That’s why abortion advocates “rely on threats to protect Roe,” including threats of violence, and declare the Supreme Court illegitimate: when you don’t have the facts or the Constitution on your side, you “threaten the judges”.

From the right: the “insurgent” from the left

“Left Panic” Over Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion Annulling Roe v. Wade highlights his “lopsided” state, snark the editors of Issues & Insights. Of note is a tweet from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) claiming that a “stolen, illegitimate, far-right majority on the Supreme Court appears poised to destroy abortion rights.” Since the Conservative majority was “the result of three nominations by duly-elected President Donald Trump” and endorsed by the Senate, Markey can only mean that Trump’s presidency was “stolen and illegitimate.” Democrats would call it “insurgent talk” and possibly impeach him – if Markey was a conservative. That won’t happen, of course, because he’s a liberal, “and liberals can say whatever they want.”

SCOTUS watch: why the leak will cause damage

The leak of this draft Supreme Court decision is “a shocking event” on “three levels”, writes Common Sense’s Bari Weiss: “substantively, politically and institutionally”. The latter is crucial: “How did we go from [an] ethos” where such a leak was unthinkable” in a world in which . . . one or more clerks undermine the institution itself? It captures “the most important story of our moment: the story of how American institutions became a casualty of the culture war.” “Uncontrollable or unquenchable partisan fury” may “have overtaken everything”, including “basic human things” such as “trust, dedication, privacy, integrity”. The leak is therefore “nothing more than the most recent salvo in our race to the bottom”.

Libertarian: how to end the school wars

“Families should be able to put energy into raising children rather than fighting for what is taught,” says JD Tuccille of Reason. John Stuart Mill argued the same in the 19th century struggle over what and how the state should teach. “More than a century and a half after ‘the British philosopher’ advised us to keep the government out of the way and let parents choose their own schools, it’s time we listened.” Curriculum wars “are inevitable as long as we force people of different values ​​and opinions to send their children to the same institutions.” Choosing “where and how” children are taught “is the best way to choose what is taught without fighting with others who want something different”.

– Compiled by the Editorial Board of The Post

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