Kim du Toit has an interesting article about how he’s responding to the tidal wave of political correctness and “wokeness” being forced upon us by Big Tech and Big Business. Here’s an excerpt.
In light of recent events (Amazon’s GoDaddy whacking ar15.com, [Twitter] delisting Trump and so on — you all know what I’m talking about), I did a couple of things yesterday to try to disentangle myself from these ***holes as much as possible.
- When I re-register this website, it will be with GoDaddy’s competitor. I discussed it at some length with Tech Support II, and it will be done.
- I’ve never used [Twitter] or [Facebook], so that’s okay. I’m probably not going to go with Gab or Parler, because I’m not interested in having an online “social presence” other than through this website, which I can control.
- If Hosting Matters shuts me down because of doubleplusungood thought- and speech crimes, Tech Support has a backup plan so that won’t affect me either, other than as a mild irritation while the handover is completed.
- Ditto WordPress.
- I canceled my Amazon Prime account. This will be a little inconvenient in that I won’t have access to their movies and such, but I’ll survive with Hulu and Roku, albeit with commercial irritation. Netflix is also under review for similar reasons.
- Most of the stuff I order from Amazon can be purchased locally or through the various companies’ own websites, so I’ll be doing that too. On the very few occasions where I must use Amazon, I’ll just pay the postage.
- Ditto Walmart, Target and so on. I’ve had it up to here with seeing “Made in China” on everything, so every time I find that irritant, I’m going to find a manager and tell them why I’m not buying from them today. Or I’ll only buy stuff made in other Asian countries e.g. Thailand if there’s absolutely no American-made equivalent. Or I’ll just do without.
- I already ditched Chrome; last night I ditched Mozilla and went with Brave.
- Today I’m going to ditch Thunderbird and go with ProtonMail, as soon as I’ve figured it out.
- I long ago stopped using the Google search engine, swapping it for DuckDuck Go, so that’s done. DDG isn’t quite as good, but it’s sufficient for my needs.
- Now I need to find something equivalent to Google Maps so I can ditch those assholes too. Any advice on this will be welcome.
I’m quite aware that this is like pissing in the wind, that I’m only one guy etc. Longtime Readers, however, will know the precept behind the Nation of Riflemen: turning America back into a nation of riflemen, one citizen at a time. The same applies to me, as an individual: I’m just one guy, but one of many such guys.
If my one action helps other people disentangle themselves from Big Tech, maybe, just maybe we can make a difference. Regardless, I’m not going to support their ****ing enterprises if there is any alternative — even if as noted above, the alternatives are not as good.
And finally, I’m going to do the same every single time a corporation does stupid woke **** or some kind of totalitarian activity.
There’s more at the link.
Read the comments from Kim’s readers at the link as well. They’re in the same vein. I know many of us here feel likewise. I’m already planning non-“woke” alternatives to a lot of my online dealing, and I hope many of my readers are doing the same thing. It’s not easy, but a lot can be done if we’re willing to make the effort.
If it’s all about the dollar, let’s provide fewer of them to the enemies of freedom, and more of them to those who “support and defend the Constitution of the United States”, like so many of us who have sworn an oath to that effect. It’s a sad and depressing reality that so many today who’ve sworn that same oath appear to find it anything but binding on their conscience.