Today’s column on blacklisting won’t point out any particular person or group being blacklisted. Instead, I want to make it clear to my readers how completely dominate the intolerant culture of blackballing and censorship has become in America.
This intolerance has been well documented for years in the political, academic, and artistic communities. If you dare to be an outspoken conservative or Republican you will quickly find yourself an outcast, your job threatened and your future squashed. I know. I have been both a filmmaker and a film teacher, and am now a journalist writing often about political matters, and have had to face blacklisting myself more than a few times.
It is only in the last year that it has become evident that the the business community wishes to join in.
To fight this, many open-minded and tolerant Americans try to avoid companies that oppress people for their political views or ethnicity, in the hope that the loss of income will force these companies to change their behavior. In fact, there is now even a webpage, Cancel This Company, that tries to provide a complete list of the worst and most oppressive companies, while also carefully documenting that bad behavior so you know your decision is based on fact.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well it ain’t that easy.
As my readers know, I do not use Twitter, Facebook, and Google expressly because I think they are corrupt and unethical companies who eagerly participate in the blacklisting of conservatives. I also make a dedicated effort to buy goods from decent businesses, avoiding companies whom have proven themselves bigoted.
Yet, in reviewing the list of businesses on CancelThisCompany, I discovered that there are vast areas of modern American business where it is almost impossible to avoid supporting such companies, especially in the computer and communications world. For example, to avoid Google I use DuckDuckGo. Yet, it appears that it is, like Google, a partisan search engine that has been shaping searches to shadow-ban conservative sites.
Similarly, I try to limit my use of Amazon but as a writer who wants to sell his books this is literally impossible.
Want to buy groceries from a company that treats everyone equally? Can’t do it where I live. All the nearby supermarkets are on the list. There are no options otherwise.
There are many other examples. Take a look for yourself.
Nonetheless, I encourage all my readers to use this website as a guide for taking your business to rational and fair-minded companies and away from businesses that have decided that oppression is their business.
But be warned. You are going to find it difficult to succeed. The modern American culture of oppression has become widespread, dominant, and enthusiastic. It has its tentacles in everything, and fighting it will take great courage and possibly a great deal of sacrifice.
On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.
The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.
The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.
"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News