The Destruction of Parler Exposes One of the Biggest U.S. Shams…
January 12, 2021 (1y ago)

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America has finally had the definitive test case for a recurring conservative idea: The notion that the “free market” is a solution to the left’s private-sector totalitarianism. And the answer is clear: Under the modern hegemony of globalist progressivism, it is impossible for conservatives to build their own liberty-focused alternatives to left-wing monopolies. All such efforts will be destroyed. The only solution is to tear down the progressive hegemony completely.

For years, censorship has gradually increased on the most important tech platforms. Facebook is throttling “fake news,” Twitter is banning personalities on flimsier and flimsier pretexts, and Google was deciding which websites can have ads and which ones cannot. Now, even the President himself has been silenced, cut off from Twitter, Facebook, and even his own email list:

The fix, countless “small-government” conservatives said, is simple: Just build your own alternative companies.

No person is more dogmatically committed to this position than Dispatch editor David French, Bill Kristol’s choice to mount a NeverTrump presidential bid. For French, it is impossible for private-sector censorship to ever be bad, and the solution is simply to go out and found one’s own companies:

“Just construct your own online communities,” French says.

Parler, tragically, was foolish enough to take him at his word.

The website launched with a noble purpose: Rather than wait for Twitter to squelch every form of dissent from the platform, genuine backers of free speech should simply create their own, less-censored platform. People who actually want to read what people think could join Parler, while bland idiots who enjoy echo chambers could stick with Twitter. The free market in action!

But the free market was a sham. As soon as Parler began gaining in popularity, the knives came out for it. Well before Wednesday’s incident at the Capitol, it was clear that powerful forces had marked the company for destruction. First came hostile news articles to set the stage:

Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.

As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. [PBS]

After the Capitol riot, which Parler’s owners played no role in, the site’s enemies moved immediately to annihilate it. First Google kicked it off its app store, and then Apple followed. On Saturday night, Amazon announced it will kick Parler off Amazon Web Services, meaning the website will be down entirely until it finds a new webhost. The next step is easy to predict: Whatever company decides to work with Parler will itself become a target, so companies will refuse their business. That’s already happening:

The CEO of the conservative-friendly social app Parler said that all of its vendors have abandoned the company following recent bans from Google, Apple, and Amazon.

“Every vendor, from text message services to email providers to our lawyers, all ditched us too, on the same day,” Parler CEO John Matze said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

In a post on Saturday night, Matze said that the service “will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch” and that “we have many competing for our business.”

But in Sunday’s interview, Matze said that it was having difficulties finding a new vendor to work with. [The Verge]

As a parting shot, one of Parler’s former business partners exposed it to a massive hacking operation.

Parler, a social network used to plan the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week, has been hit by a massive data scrape. Security researchers collected swaths of user data before the network went dark Monday morning after Amazon, Google, and Apple booted the platform.

Reddit users claim that the scrape was made possible due Twilio, an American cloud communications platform that provided the platform with phone number verification services, cutting ties with Parler.

In a press release announcing the decision, Twilio revealed which services Parler was using. This information allowed hackers to deduct that it was possible to create users and verified accounts without actual verification.

With this type of access, newly minted users were able to get behind the login box API used for content delivery. That allowed them to see which users had moderator rights and this in turn allowed them to reset passwords of existing users with simple “forgot password” function. Since Twilio no longer authenticated emails, hackers were able to access admin accounts with ease. [Cybernews]

Twilio’s politically-motivated attack on Parler exposed millions of users to a malicious invasion of privacy. It should expose them to a massive lawsuit; it may even be criminal. But don’t expect that offense to be a priority for the legal system.

Parler tried to “build its own,” and the most powerful forces in American life colluded to destroy it, just as they will destroy any who try to imitate it. In fact, this has already happened in other cases. BitChute, a less-moderated alternative to YouTube, was kicked off PayPal and soft-blocked on Twitter for the offense of not banning enough people.

“Build your own company” is a lie, a trope repeated by those too clueless to realize that the tech-government alliance will never allow serious competition to flourish. “Build your own company” now also requires that you “build your own web hosting platform,” “build your own payments processor,” and “build your own financial system.”

Want to flee to a state that isn’t under the left’s control? Even that won’t work now. “Build your own state” is insufficient. The American oligarchy has already had test runs of forcing whole U.S. states to comply with its decrees. When North Carolina tried to prevent sexual perverts from using opposite-sex restrooms in 2017, the state was targeted by massive boycotts until the legislature meekly rescinded the law:

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a law restricting bathroom use for transgender people, hoping to bring back businesses and sports leagues that boycotted the Southern state because they saw the year-old measure as discriminatory.

The new measure rescinds House Bill 2, the so-called bathroom bill also popularly known as HB 2, which required transgender people to use the bathrooms, changing rooms and showers in state-run buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.

HB 2’s enactment a year ago prompted boycotts that cost the state economy hundreds of millions of dollars. Deutsche Bank AG and PayPal Holdings Inc reversed expansion plans in the state. Entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman canceled concerts.

In basketball-crazed North Carolina, the withdrawal of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament games and the National Basketball Association All-Star game, which had been awarded to Charlotte, reverberated throughout the state. [Reuters]

In early 2020, threats of similar boycotts were used to keep South Dakota from banning sex-change treatments for children in the service of “transgender” extremism.

The real challenge for conservatives, then, is clear. The crisis of freedom in America is not a simple matter of passing local laws, or building a parallel network of websites, banks, domain registrars, and more. The bottleneck on freedom is not a few socialists, or a few rich companies. It’s the American state itself, which treats any ideologically independent body of sufficient size with the same ruthlessness as a rogue state that won’t accept child transgenderism and abortion in exchange for “foreign aid.”

Such a system cannot be stopped by founding a new company that will just be squished like a bug. It can only be stopped by tearing it down completely, and building a new power structure with totally different values. And that can only be done by building a political movement that understands the stakes and plays to win.

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Guest
1 year ago

I'm noticing your 'American State' construct and its association with current and emerging ills. It is unsettling on one hand while sobering on the other that the political, social, and corporate structure of America itself has firmly displaced our constitutional foundations.

To state in 2021 that American rights will forever remain enshrined as Constitutional amendments is now false. Not only that but the first TWO WEEKS in 2021! has started by shattering and unraveling one of the most important human rights on earth- free speech.

And this while Republicans are easily distracted into waifish complacency by a nonsensical riot promoted by America haters which is LITERALLY only one of many that have occurred this year, and most of those incurring far more serious costs of life and property.

Jilli
1 year ago

Stop being doom and gloom. The Greatest Generation never would have won WW2 against fascists if they had your attitude.

Guest
1 year ago

I'm starting to think these doom and gloom artists posting here are in fact liberals coming in as Trojan horses.

Guest
1 year ago

Exactly. Every last one of them is a liberal, anti-Trump, anti-American, anti-capitalist Bezos and Zucker lover.

Guest
1 year ago

I'm slightly liberal as a Libertarian/Conservative, fiercely pro-America, massive free-market bro and I've never used Facebook and stopped buying most items from Amazon about two years ago.

I'm not a doom and gloom artist- though I am a creative. Yes, I would love to feel better about our Constitutional Republic and its ability to weather the oncoming threat to its survival. I'm just not in the mood today to feel great about corporate tyranny sharing sheets with a government solely run by the DNC…

I am on your side so my previous post in no way was designed to manipulate anyone who has the courage right now to be optimistic. Matter of fact, I appreciate those with optimism right now. It truly does life my sad spirit.

Guest
1 year ago

Being "slightly liberal" is like being "slightly pregnant." Come on, you're a leftist and you are here to demoralize conservative fighters. Admit it.

Guest
1 year ago

Nothing to admit to… being slightly liberal simply means I'm not religious but I fully appreciate the importance of religion in society. Slightly liberal means pro-free speech across the board- not just right or left. Slightly liberal means free market capitalist while watching intently how the CCP uses capitalist principles to limit human rights (no religion in China, except for what the state approves).

Sorry, but the ship you are travelling on does hold passengers who aren't exactly like you. You don't have to be a strict rightwing Conservative to deeply appreciate the importance of constitutionally-enshrined rights like freedom of speech or the right to bear arms.

Jilli
1 year ago

If you are at all liberal then you don't belong here with the real conservative fighters and scrappers. 🙂 Go hang out on HuffCompostPile instead.

Jilli
1 year ago

I've thought that for a looooooooooooooong time now. 🙂

left blank
1 year ago

Well it would be nice if some of the nice people on the Republican side would contribute something more than "you should get more into Republican politics and vote harder!" Because we are the one's suffering all the consequences of their strategic inaction. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't exactly on the barricades fighting off the left here.

Guest
1 year ago

It's not the Romney's and Ryan's that we need to expunge or motivate to action. They and their ilk have at least long ago shown themselves for the quislings that they are. They no longer bring surprises to the table. Who we need to be examining are the reps and senators that have positioned themselves to be "true conservatives" by sporadically voting for or against the right bills and couching their press conference soundbites in patriotic terms, only to flinch when the tide turns against them, or who make backroom deals with the opposition while they wave the American flag (Lindsey Graham comes to mind). They hold congressional hearings and promise to "get to the bottom of this" but never get to the bottom of this, hoping their voters don't notice that part. We see a lot of this right now; politicians who had positioned themselves as America-First patriots, who are now calling for impeachment and the 25th amendment.

Guest
1 year ago

Jill, if we had to fight WW2 today, we would lose. We firebombed Tokyo and burned to death a quarter million men, women and children civilians. After which, we vaporized two of their cities and killed another quarter million before they surrendered. Would the gutless people running things today do that? I think you know the answer. Thankfully our grandparents were willing to do what must be done to retain freedom and this country.

Now we come to a point where things must be done in order to preserve freedom and this country. How long will it be before things are bad enough that people will do what must be done? I will answer that, it will be when the majority of them have nothing left to lose. We will be at that point very soon.

Guest
1 year ago

Facebook and Twitter are just websites. They aren't Tokyo. Man up. You're already defeated posting like that, with no hope. Then you deserve to lose.

Guest
1 year ago

They are far more dangerous than Tokyo was and they control the vast majority of the Internet in this country. In case you haven't noticed, they are winning.

left blank
1 year ago

They will do that to us.

Guest
1 year ago

Our military today would destroy Hitler in a week not four years.

Guest
1 year ago

Yet all our might could not even green zone more than a 2 mile square area of Bagdad during the gulf war.

Thank God we have 14 million vets on our side because the bulk of you other 60 million are both clueless and helpless.

left blank
1 year ago

Our military spent 20 years in Afghanistan battling guys on donkeys with rifles and literally didn't make a dent in the "insurgency". The military is basically a jobs program/welfare program for Republicans, which is why most of the bases are located in the South. 90% of the people in the military are don't very little other than waiting around or shuffling papers, which is why they got rid of the draft. Most americans are useless for any kind of service or even work.

Guest
1 year ago

I see fat, retarded, misceginated Americans wattling through Walmart, and then eating tacos, potato chips and watching NiggerFelonLeague fixed sporting matches on T.V. I see your doom very soon.

Guest
1 year ago

Few things shock my sensibilities more than large-scale draconian assaults on the freedom to communicate, since this is one of the last remaining outposts in the global and very long struggle against oppressive rule.

So, I freely admit to being deeply affected by the current juggernaut of unchecked corporate power tyrannizing millions of online conversation in the name of empty rationalities.

No amount of fear-mongering (or even ramped-up legitimate histrionics) shrieking from the hand-wringing media enclaves along with their sneering political contemporaries should limit wholesale the destruction of entire digital conversation-scapes like Parler and similar.

Guest
1 year ago

Who says they will win? The "battle" is just beginning. But it is over if you give up and refuse to fight. Are you a Chamberlain or a Patton?

Kevin Bearly
1 year ago

The so called greatest generation brought us socialism and non stop war.

Guest
1 year ago

They destroyed the biggest socialist who ever lived, moron.

Guest
1 year ago

You need to know Kevin, This site is infested by israel first jewish supremacists. Jilli is a jew who claims to be Christian, but constantly spews hateful propaganda for israel. She hates White people and America.

Guest
1 year ago

It is the truth. Accept this reality. The sooner those like you do so, the sooner we can save this country

Guest
1 year ago

You can't save America with hate.

Guest
1 year ago

Wow. That cringey post is something the ACLU, ADL or the MSM people would post. Also, your "Boo Radley" forum name is ultra-liberal garbage. Harper Lee was left-wing, extremist feminist, and a sub-human liar piece of trash.

Guest
1 year ago

Absolutely correct. The Constitution didn't need to be undone. We simply all unconsciously agreed to stop caring what it said. Even as we complain it's being undone, we still tacitly agree to our treatment by being civil and compliant.

Guest
1 year ago

I just read about an Idaho internet service provider who has blocked Facebook and Twitter so none of their customers can see those sites. Their customers actually clamored for them to do that. Imagine if hundreds of other providers followed suit. Facebook and Twitter would go broke. Their stocks are already crashing. Why not fight their censorship with more censorship? Stop going to their sites. Stop making money for them with your clicks. Destroy them financially. That's justice.

Jilli
1 year ago

Love it. You don't get even with violence. You just give them a big taste of their own medicine. 🙂 As for me I have never bothered to join Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, MySpace, or any of the other social media giants. Never trusted them to begin with. I wouldn't care one whit if my ISP blocked them, in fact, I'd cheer! 🙂

Guest
1 year ago

Building a political movement is the answer huh? You me like the one we just built and won a national landslide election only to be stolen in broad daylight while flipping us off by the the exact same actors? That one right?

No, I'm sorry but whoever wrote this is delusional. Elections are illegitimate, they control the vote which makes voting pointless. The one answer this unnamed author gives us in this article is a non-answer.

You all know good and well what the only real answer is and it does not involve rigged elections. The only question how long will it take before enough people have nothing left to lose and will exercise that single solution left.

Just remember this people. Zuck, jack and bezos will escape the country during the civil war. They can not take their facilities and assets with them though and their employees do not have the obscene wealth to escape. Those employees (and their families) are all just as culpable as their bosses and should suffer the same consequences. Remember that as they are found on the battlefield.

Feels Good Man
1 year ago

United States has been an oligarchy for a long time.

Ysleta Guy
1 year ago

The Republican Party is not the right vehicle for playing the game to win. That much is clear.

Jilli
1 year ago

Unless we take it over again and become much wiser about the candidates we choose.

left blank
1 year ago

Nice 40 year plan Jilli. I hope you have a whole warehouse full of Bibles for us all to read while we wait. 🙂

Guest
1 year ago

You only need one, buddy.

left blank
1 year ago

I might lose mine, and I have grubby fingers. I already know I am going to need a back up, and several to give away to friends once I convince them that this is a good plan too.

Guest
1 year ago

Stop taking the drugs, m'kay?

Guest
1 year ago

Jilli should stay off the inter-webs and stick to keeping her home clean and her mouth shut.

Jilli
1 year ago

Go to bed little Nazi Chop. You're so redundantly boring. Yawn.

Guest
1 year ago

My family has voted Republican Party in every election for the past 20 years. We're done. We just cancelled our voter registrations. We'll not vote again. I'm not going to participate in the sham elections only to have those that cheat the most win.

No voting for Republicans ever again… and we certainly won't vote for Democrats.
The only solution is to save the gas money and stay home.

Guest
1 year ago

The Republican Party was never real to begin with.
Both Dem and Repub are on the same team.
The one against us.

NavyMan
1 year ago

"Under the modern hegemony of globalist progressivism, it is impossible for conservatives to build their own liberty-focused alternatives to left-wing monopolies. All such efforts will be destroyed. The only solution is to tear down the progressive hegemony completely."
I've been saying this very thing for quite a while, but few people listen to an old war veteran. It's not pretty to hear, or easy to say; but the only way I can see to "tear down the progressive hegemony," is with all-out war. If we can get only 2.5% of Trump's supporters, we would have over 5 million people. That is an impossible number of people to stop who are mad, semi-trained, led by people who know strategy, and who have been taught battle tactics by someone who knows how and designed for a variety of theater operations. Or, Trump could build his own set of self-contained social media platforms. To do the former, he should get in touch with John Lovell and Mike Glover. Wouldn't hurt to call Rob O'Neal, Kris Paranto, et al. Just sayin'.

Guest
1 year ago

Violence is not the answer. You've been watching how they use it against us when even a tiny fraction turn violent.

Guest
1 year ago

When the right to change this via a vote no longer matters, the only way to change things is through violence.

Guest
1 year ago

The whole 'violence' thing as a philosophy is about to hit the fan hot and heavy in the form of mainstream realization as more folks begin to see just how merciless and petty the repressive Left is.

Twitter, for example, is a literal hotbox of mini brutal dictators from mean and preachy California Normies to verified belly-button obsessed journos to huffing and puffing socialist political leaders constantly spewing unsettling invectives…

Once Trump isn't around to beat on 24 hours a day… what remains of the American Left from bureaucracy to beach will be an empty, vapid, and ugly soul for all to witness.

I find hope for the future in this revelation. Hope that progressive leftwing evil will be so flagrant and dictatorial that fresh life springs anew for the sprouting of smarter and ethical political networks devoid of corporate hackery, deeper relationships bridged between the working man and his chosen representatives where governance is required to work in the interest of the people rather than for hidden and unaccountable power structures…

Guest
1 year ago

Tell that to B.L.M and Antifa, clown.

Guest
1 year ago

That's the problem. Only a tiny fraction, less than even 1%, have been turning violent, for the right reasons. Plenty have been for the wrong reason. That has to flip, yes, before we have any chance. We just have to get the apathetic, compliant, decent populace to realize, somehow, that it's life or death. Even a peaceful person will fight when the jaws are around their neck. They just don't even feel the teeth clamping down as it's happening. That's the key. We have to make them understand how close they are to death. Because waiting until they're going door to door means certain failure.

Guest
1 year ago

David French's outlook does not take into account that facebook and twitter are monopolies, and that the reason they are monopolies is that they spent a lot of years buying up what they saw as up-and-coming competitors. It wasn't the free marketplace that made them monopolies – it was the fact that they bought up and closed all prospective competition. Therefore they should not be free to reject anyone who wants to post.

Guest
1 year ago

"It can only be stopped by tearing it down completely"….interesting and radical just like the leftists want to do. How does destruction resolve into anything constructive?
What is this a "biblical flood" ?
We need to expose and prosecute corruption from top to bottom to preserve country of laws, if not the government is run like mafia. For that you need some serious evidence, serious prosecution. Hunter Biden laptop – as an example – you would think this would for sure result in some arrests….nope. So what next?

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