there are times when an allegory can get no more perfect.
this is one of those times.
the powerful partisan lean of gofundme has been on display for years. they will happily raise money for CHAZ/CHOP or for bail for people who loot best buys and burn car dealerships, but not for actual peaceful people seeking their own freedom.
this odd affinity for breakers over makers seems to be a core value.
i mean, they pushed CHOP farming as though it was a real thing and not 5 sad plants that made the charlie brown christmas tree look fit for rockefeller center.
but they will not honor your desire to fund freedom.
more astonishing, they tried to literally take $9 million in collected funds to donate to causes they would select themselves. given their track record it seems quite likely these would be causes outright antithetical to the trucker convoy for which they were intended.
this is like trying to donate to animal rescue initiatives and winding up funding furriers.
this whole “refund upon request” scam is just pretext to do so. they know damn well that most people will not do so or even know that their funds were diverted.
this is such a perfect and gorgeous allegory for so much of the authoritarian impulse of the collectivist left: we take your stuff on pretext, then do with it as we, not you see fit.
imagine the stunning arrogance to even try this and the towering entitlement to choose: “we’ll reallocate your money unless you ask for it back” instead of automatically returning it.
i mean, look, gofund me is a private company. i respect their right to allow those they choose and only those they choose to use their service. freedom is about respecting the right of others to exercise their agency in way that you may not like.
but such actions have consequences, and let’s be sure they face some. what they tried to do was astonishingly unethical and they only changed course because of the massive storm of protest and bad press around it.
we saw what you did, we have the receipts, and we’ll make sure others see it to so that they can make informed choices about whether or not you are someone they can trust or do business with.
you do you.
and we’ll do us.
this sort of public outcry is the thing these would be nannies fear most.
so up the volume.
this is how we generate the desire and the energy to build the alternate systems that will better serve our needs. a free market will handle all this, but it needs signals of what we want.
so tell it.
vote with your voices, vote with your feet, vote with your wallets.
support the new systems that rise to take the place of these walled gardens of curated ideology.
this, my seminal substack, applies every bit as much to commerce as to speech. it’s all the same thing. it’s all your agency, your right to decide, and your ability to do as you will, consensually.
there is no one you can trust with something as big as your access to discourse and to commerce.
and so we must evolve to systems that do not require trust.
we must move to the new internet, the decentralized internet, the public square that is owned by no one, controlled by no one.
let’s render the very idea of censorship and of the interruption of consensual commerce anachronistic, for freedom lies in self reliance, not in convoluted permission.
if we do not take this power into our own hands, ever shall it be wielded over us by others.
today is just the start of that oppression and suppression.
you’re getting a look at where that road leads.
do you really want to follow it any further?
it’s time to make a new way.
Before I ever saw that GFM had backtracked, I had read an article saying that they were stealing the money. Within ten minutes I had already requested a refund, disputed the charge with my cc account (under the "services not delivered" clause), and gone to GiveSendGo where I donated 5x my original amount. I would love to see others up their donations, too. Here's the link.
Oh, and just to make a little more work for GFM, I also requested a refund via the refund link that the weasels finally emailed out. I won't take two refunds from them if they accidentally honor (I almost laughed typing that word in relation to GFM) both requests , I actually have some ethics, but I will happily let them spend the resources to sort the requests properly.
One more thing - I use DuckDuckGo and Brave, but made sure to use Safari and then go to Google and type in "How to get refund from Go Fund Me for donation stolen from trucker convoy" and "How to donate to trucker convoy via GiveSendGo". It's a tiny thing, but I do this every time I want to make a point to these companies since they live and die by their search data. This is one way to let them know they are losing, slowly but surely
Starve the Beast on all fronts. I de-Googled my life completely about a year ago and now pay for encrypted email (ProtonMail or TutaMail is a great choice). Use Brave and Brave search engine for browser and search. Do not use Amazon, FB, Instagram, Twitter, nothing. Contribute to great Gatos on Substack and buy as much food as possible locally from the farmers. This is the way forward.
Stunningly outrageous! Never forgive, never forget. Gofundme is toast.
The truckers seem to have relocated to gab, which is the right choice. The platform is funded by users and it has already shown, with actions and words of the founder Andrew Torba, that it can be trusted. In January apparently they got 85 million page views against 70 million 2 months ago so it's growing - unlike the nastiest competitor, Facebook, that finally lost users. Although not as good, Rumble and Gettr are also increasing. The Youtube policy about Covid (see the latest article from the Brownstone institute for an anaylsis) is self-harm on the altar of bootlicking to the Government. I hope that one of the core issues of 2022 will be the rise of alternative small tech platforms and that there will be more crashes for big tech - Google you are next. Only a matter of time.
Time to play GoDefundMe - no more donations there EVER
Makes you wonder how long they have been skimming $ off of "good causes".....I was just going to donate to a friend who rescues horses. Maybe I will just send her a check in the mail instead.
Definitely. The one mistake made by the Trucker Convoy was using gofu**me. I broke ties with that organization years ago. I can't wait to see them on the list of businesses that failed and went bankrupt due to the "pandemic".
Donate here: https://www.givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022/donate
You defund these platforms by not using them. Don’t watch woke sports events or buy the products advertised on their events. Suckaturd lost billions because people stopped using his Fakebook platform. Vote your conscience with your wallet.
We're gonna need another internet.
Spot on! Can you write a similar denouncement of the companies who fire vaxed people. Hershey T-Mobile Citibank
GET. OFF. AMAZON. TOO.
How many posting here still have Amazon accounts and shovel cash into Bezos' pockets? Get off, cancel you Amazon Chase CC (they tried pushing Gen Flynn off) and buy from smaller, preferably local sellers. Who cares if you pay a few bucks extra. Economic power is something we can all wield.
We have a few boxes, as little people, to stand firmly on and assert our humanity:
1. The #BallotBox, effective mainly at the local level, and especially so, because many decisions at that level are made with only a handful of votes.
2. The #CashBox, gold, silver, cryptocurrency for peer-to-peer exchange, and its converse the #boycott to deny our support to institutions and corporations inimical to human freedom,
3. The #JuryBox where nullification of unjust laws & regulations can be effected by jurors; by holding elected officials accountable through their bonds; or, by legally challenging the state of emergency. A powerful check on Leviathan's growth has been the assertion of #StatesRights in areas specifically not enumerated to the federal government in the US Constitution, e.g. gun laws. I've been boycotting air travel from the US in the hope that someday the egregious groping and grasping will be halted through a legal challenge.
4. The #PulpitBox, the voice of freedom, to expouse and discuss and challenge the woke narrative. This includes reinforcing families & building community through rezoning for multiple use structures, creating microschools, supporting homeschooling, etc.
5. The #LunchBox, because nutrition with healthy, natural foods devoid of sugar and seed oils is the key to metabolic health, which in turn allows healthspan to match lifespan. Metabolic health also allows #deprescription and freedom from the #PillBox mentality to cure ills.
6. And there's our last line of defense, the #AmmoBox. Could Australia have covid camps without previously forcibly disarming its denizens (denied citizens)? Do you think that 11.4 million deer hunters in the US are not a deterrent to a similar scheme here?
Wow just wow. I'm not surprised they won't release the funds, but to try and direct them elsewhere is unconscionable. I hope after everyone gets their money returned, they voice loud and clear to NEVER use Gofundme again.
GoFundMe is owned by PayPal who also is big on closing people’s accounts and keeping the money. In early days of my nonprofit I was set up on GoFundMe but they never could figure out (insert the eye roll emoji here) how to send the funds to my bank so I’d get a check months later. When they were bought by PayPal, with whom I’d had not good experiences, I left and have never done anything on that platform again. The truckers have a campaign on a new platform set up now so hopefully people will know and get their money back (one day….) from GoFundMe. They’re scam artists of the highest order.
Still can't comprehend how they could use GoFuckMe in the first place: how could one b so NAIVE!!? Just like the US Truckers getting their Fakebook group deleted!
Apart from getting screwed by LeftTech, u already should stop using them to stop feeding the monster: ALWAYS use NewTech! Boycott BigTech/BigMedia/BigCorporate that r kidnapped by (or pandering to) the left!
Bastards. It's still unethical, arbitrary and capricious. Cancel GoFundMe!
Like so many other left extremists (the two tend to be interchangeable now), this action by GoFundMe is, at least to me, plain illegal. I would like to see the Freedom Convoy donors money not only returned, but the GFM platform shut down and its bosses behind bars.
Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, is behind this mis-appropriation of funds, he had even called for money to be seized and given to Ottawa to pay for costs. Watson also orchestrated with tax payers money the booking of most hotel rooms in Ottawa to prevent visitors with instructions not to re-rent empty rooms. One of the top donors of the new funding campaign chose as display name none else but Jim Watson, for $2000.
GoFuckYourself, GoFundMe. 😡
GiveSendGo shows $750,000 already. not too bad. hope some of that gets to the truckers. if I was local, I'd just go give my $30 to an actual trucker -- cash.
Elon Musk chipped in against GoFundMe as well.
They should be called GoFuckMe with a middle finger icon instead of the 3 rays of whatever that is supposed to be.
Everybody CHARGE BACK. DIspute the charge with your credit card company. Supposedly it costs GoFundMe 30-50 dollars for every chargeback. Make it hurt!
You keep making it, I'll keep following you there.
Unfortunately at this moment every alternative (apparently not Substack--yet) comes with its own to me unwanted ideology. I joined GETTR only because the wannabe killer shrike banned Robert Malone, but I certainly don't like the people behind it. I'm glad there's an apparently thriving alternative to GFM, but its explicitly Christian ethos displeases me. Over and over, I find there's no genuinely free-thought-filled space for me to rest my more--irritated-every-moment head.
The other side of the coin of "evolving systems we can trust" is to abandon those we can no longer trust. For years I have been hoping that a nationalist / America First patriot-patron with leadership chops would organize a nationwide boycott of leftwing corporations, non-profits, and other sundry organizations. Someone with a megaphone, some sharp IT professionals, and a staff of researchers could set up a website ("Fight Fire With Fire"?) and relentlessly publicize and call attention to leftwing operations that deserve to be starved. I could see website features like 1) email and phone contact information for the corporate C-suite officers 2) "Hit Them Where They Advertise" 3) "Target of The Week" and 4) Right-Thinking Alternative Businesses.
We need a sort of rightwing Southern Poverty Law Center / Sleeping Giants to catalog left wingers that need to be boycotted and otherwise shunned. The right has been shy about punishing left-leaning businesses because Muh Capitalism, but sites like GoFu**Me have long proven that they are hopelessly partisan. Why is any non-leftist still using them? Stop complaining about the malfeasance of the left. We outnumber them, but we lack the weapons and the leadership for what is turning into an existential struggle on this critical battlefield. And when the cause is important enough (ending vaccine and mask mandates--especially for children!), Fight Fire With Fire could also easily be extended into organizing nationwide general strikes. We have the power. We just don't have the power switch.
My 1-star review of GFM said that not only is this theft, anyone who considers using GFM in the future should remember that they can't be trusted.
Trudeau's regime is working overtime to destroy and silence the truckers' message. Beside the GFM support, thousands of trucks were denied entry, by closing bridges to them, and forced to park miles away from the city center where tents, johns, and food amazingly appeared to keep the truckers there. Imagine driving in the convoy of tens of thousands across the country only to be separated and divided miles away from each other. Divide and conquer seems to be the plan. Sucks.
It’s correct to call out the proposed reallocation as outrageous but it is just as outrageous for them to withhold funds from the truckers on a sham rationale.
GoFundMe is acting tyrannically to prop up fake news reports and questionable police reports, that paint all the truckers and their movement with the brush of an unrepresentative few, as an excuse to interfere with donations.
The "it's a private company they can do what they want" argument is overused and not necessarily true especially if there are user agreements or if there is misrepresentation. Has someone checked whether the EUA agreement says ‘we can choose to withhold any and all funds at any time for any reason, and choose not to give the money raised to the campaign owner ever’.
Can UPS decide not to deliver a package once it has been accepted and paid for political reasons , or even for a reason that the person is alleged to have been involved in a crime or even convicted?
Can a bank choose not to clear a validly made check by the payor to the payee for political reasons, or even for a reason that the person is alleged to have been involved in a crime or even convicted?
The comment about "five sad plants" in CHAZ/CHOP has me laughing out loud. I walked through CHAZ during it's 2-week heyday, out of curiosity, and can assure you it couldn't have been more than 5 sad plants. 😆😭😆
Just read they've backtracked and will auto-issue refunds. They must have had a total sh*t storm of complaints.
And if in Britain, also stop paying the BBC licence fee. Defund the "Trusted News" initiative, and all who sail in her.
Any competent prosecutor would investigate Go Fund Me first thing Monday morning.
I'm old enough to remember when GoFundMe was bailing out rioters.
Andy Ngo recalls when GoFundMe supported squatters, domestic terrorist groups, and someone who assaulted him in 2019:
Jack Posobiac recalls when GoFundMe supported CHAZ/CHOP after people were murdered there. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1489787114661294087
The entire system is corrupt..This type of "charity" would be a "charity of their choice"
University Of Toronto “Institute For Pandemics” (Charity) Funded By Millers, Merck, Run By Ontario Science Table
Trudope doesn’t get it, the more he pushes, the harder the resistance and it is all downhill for him from here on.... He has met more than his match in the FreedomConvoy which has raised over a million dollars in 12 hours. Now the government is stopping all the hotels from honouring the bookings, by sequestering the rooms with taxpayer dollars. This will not be a happy ending for him.
I want GoFundMe destroyed.
This is spot on -- I've never been on FB or IG, etc.
Something odd about Substack, however, is every time I add a new writer to my subscription, the next thing that pops up is something about tweeting this. Why is that? It seems to go against the whole concept of Substack to me -- "subscribe to us and tell the world on the one-party fascist Twitter site."
A special note regarding Twitter: I used to be able to read a tweet thread if linked to an article but the last month or so within 20 seconds of going to that tweet thread, a pop-up blocks my view. This pop-up wants me to join or sign into Twitter to read that thread. I have no plans to join that site or to let them know who I am in my Brave VPN-cloaked world. So Substack writers who link to Twitter threads should be aware that perhaps many other Substack readers are like me and avoid these big-tech sites.
From Dr. Paul Alexander’s substack, the GiveSendGo for Canadian truckers: https://www.givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022. Spread the word!!!
I was lucky enough to donate via GSG first thing this morning in the UK, before the website crashed under the weight of donations ( https://www.givesendgo.com/FreedomConvoy2022 )
And yes, I more than doubled my initial donation. FU GFM . Get Woke, Go Broke.
Honestly, who is the doofus who even started this GoFundMe? Have they been under a rock? GoFundMe has already screwed over so many conservative fundraisers, it’s appalling. Go use GiveSendGo who makes the fee optional and not mandatory. GoFundMe deserves to burn in hell attempting to steal people’s money.
GoFundMe debacle further disclosure. Needed to be exposed. Will generate more attention and commitment to get past the global tyrannical takeover. Think everyday about what we spend our money on, to what vendor, and on what platform we spend the money. If everyone was mindful and made adjustments the mass of minor individual alterations in financial decisions would make enormous change. For the now, some purchases can just be delayed to make a statement.
Why do groups keep having to learn this lesson? Every single time a group or person with a hint of the wrong type of views starts one it gets screwed with. How about people use common sense and remember what happened last time?
just found a great way to spam gofundme:
click on link "complete this form" and spam them with email@example.com, or whatever your imagination comes up with. we get the bonus of getting their system churning out errors that will be checked by human resources. win-win!! :D
"Ever hear of BTC or ETH?" Gold, that!
We should back any parallel institutions that take on the rotten ones.
All of leftism can be encapsulated in one sentence:
"Hand over your stuff and do what I tell you or my thugs will throw you in a cage and kill you if you resist."
They believe they own you, everything you possess and even your children. They have murdered some 150 million souls in the last century or so and oppressed, impoverished and displaced countless millions more. They have destroyed every society and economy they've seized control of, without exception.
Leftism as a political force must be humiliated and defeated if we are to regain our civilization.
"The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!"
~ Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy
The super notorious thing (IMO) is that the protest was perfectly legal when it started, but because tyrants gonna tyrant, NOW it's 'illegal'.
How are we supposed to use our right to protest when the 'leaders' will simply declare any such protest illegal and cut off all support? And more importantly -- are the 'leaders' doing this on purpose to escalate the situation?
The problem with respecting the right of private companies to make choices we might not agree with is that the entire system that "legitimizes" private companies to participate in the "economy" are entirely the purview of one particular belief system. So bake my cake you bigot.
I am beyond livid! Next stop for convoy, GoFundMe corporate office.