BREAKING: We have just been BANNED from @Venmo and @PayPal (within minutes of each other) for “violating” their user agreements.
This is how soft totalitarianism works: no gulags, no jail time, just being excluded from the marketplace. We are rapidly approaching the point where one may not buy or sell without permission of the Regime.
This is also how soft totalitarianism works: the "Regime" is not the State alone, as in the earlier iteration of totalitarianism. It is rather the informal coalition of elites in government, media, finance, academia, and private industry (Yarvin's term "the Cathedral" is also good) who share the same illiberal left-wing convictions, and act in concert. It is Venmo's and PayPal's right to do what they're doing. But the effect is bad for democracy.
It's like with Amazon, when it decided not to sell Ryan T. Anderson's book critical of transgender ideology, and similarly-themed books. It's Amazon's right -- but if Amazon, with its dominant market share of the book market, decides that it will not sell a certain kind of book, then that kind of book will not be published.