The Power of Consumers

For a while now I have been active at the social media platform Gab, after I was censored at Facebook for what I wrote, and even got my complete account suspended at Mastodon. At Gab, free speech is still valued.

Any platform which values free speech, whether that be Telegram, Parler, or Gab, will come under attack by those who fear free speech, or who have an agenda which could be jeopardized by free speech. This has also recently happened to Gab, which got blacklisted by Visa.

This the reaction from Gab to this incident:
“Gab has been blacklisted by Visa for “promoting hate speech. Gab does no such thing. This is like saying Google “promotes hate speech” because you can search racial slurs on their search engine and get results. Gab is a neutral technology platform. We follow the law, have an excellent relationship with law enforcement, and have a clear set of community guidelines that detail what is allowed on our website and what is not.” Read more. 

When I read that, I decided that I no longer wanted to have a Visa card. I will not support companies who attack free speech, no matter what stories they weave around this policy. I will use my money to support companies who value and support freedom and human rights.

I quickly found an alternative to Visa, a small German company which offers the same service, and does not even charge a yearly fee on its credit card: N26.  “Join N26 to get a free bank account and a Mastercard debit card to use all over the world.”

That was a pleasant bonus, the advantage of switching to a credit card without a yearly fee. But of course this is not the key thing. The principal thing is that I have power as a consumer. Without customers, companies collapse and default, they can no longer exist without you and me.

I encourage you therefore to use your money wisely. You vote not only when there is an election, every time you buy something you vote with your money. Vote for those who respect human rights, who support your freedom and dignity.

I have for example stopped buying things from Amazon and AliExpress for this reason, because I became aware that when I shop there, I only support the takeover of the world by Big Corp. Companies which fight unions, pay minimum wages and avoid taxes at all costs should not be supported.

This minor episode with Gab and Visa has reminded me of my consumer power, and I will write more posts on this soon. Those companies which are involved in the promotion of the great reset should be abandoned by anyone who values freedom and human rights.

I encourage you to make a little inventory. What does your money support? Freedom and human rights? Or technocracy and rich shareholders? Choose wisely how you want to use your power as a consumer. Buy locally, buy ethically, and shop wisely. Thank you!