If your a fan of Wilileaks then this is my plea to you. To those that may follow me (does anyone but my friends follow me? If anyone is I would flattered), this is one of those rare times I infuse politics into my business thinkings. I would like to think that politics and business do not mix, but thats just wishful thinking. In part this blog is at its essence politics, if not that its defiantly about ethics.
I am not against going against the grain, its why I started this site. There were people claiming a host was good, but the truth is it was only about money and not rather who was being promoted as a top host had earned their spot. It only got worse when they started deleting positive feed back for those that did not pay to play. That is the point where I got involved. I suppose I could have engaged in cyber attacks, but I am a big believer that the pen is mightier then the sword. I also believe that you can fight corporations you do not approve of by simply not buying from them, and telling others why.
If we go for an Eye for an Eye soon everyone is wearing an eye patch. Engaging in cyber attacks will not advance your cause. Doing a DOS (denial of service) attack amounts to being a bully. Using force to get what you want. Aggression makes more adversaries by the those that are caught in the cross fire of your attacks. I have seen this argument that this is about free speech. Yet somehow free speech equates to posting where ever you want, and disrupting those that do not let you post or be willing to offer you other service. What about the right to not do business with someone because they may pose a risk to your business? The whole “we reserve the right to refuse service”, which I am sure was in the terms of service that Wikileaks agreed to when they opted for the services of all the parties that are now banning them from service. Threats about attacking Twitter, a tool that has been used for the very process of free speech by such countries as Iran. Prior to the plight of Iranian people I really never gave Twitter much thought. If you have proof that Twitter is deleting your feed provide proof, get people to back up your claims. Its what I do here with this blog.
I am not fan of PayPal, and frankly I know tons of horror stories of my non-U.S. customers that have lost a lot of money because they have virtually no protection against claims against them. I can’t tell you how many times I have had customers from other countries close their account because PayPal wiped them out. I have always considered PayPal one of those vital evils of doing business online. The only reason I used them was because 20 -40 % of my 4 companies income came from customers that refused to pay by any other method then PayPal. I tried to run specials to offer PayPal paying customers % off if they paid by credit card. If you doubt that being a customer effects the choices a company makes you really have not tried. Your strength lies in your currency.
The same goes with Visa and Master card, to cover their charge backs they force merchants to cover the cost. I suggest watching Datelines special on online credit card theft. From that you can see a lot that needs to be done to reform the credit card industry as well as our postal services that aid in the theft of credit cards.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t approve of how Wikileaks works, in part on how they obtain infromation. Then wikileaks seems to have a Vendetta with the U.S. Government, I don’t really see them going after the motivating causes of those issues. Not to mention I am sure there are a lot of other countries that could use the focus such as Darfur, North Korea, and Iran. I am no fan of using black mail to try and get out of going to jail. After all wasn’t the site supposed to leak the information anyway? Julian Assange should have his day in court, just like anyone else that is accused of rape. Just because he is doing a cause you believe in does not make him innocent, but by the same token nor does not liking him make him guilty of what he is being accused of. I find it crazy that there are people that base innocences or guilt is based on if you like someone. Truly such people are not capable of being part of a jury.
I like to think myself a history buff. The parts of history that I admire most are the parts where human rights campaigns have taken place in our specie’s history. The greatest fighters I believe are those that do not believe in causing harm to get what they want. The greater good so to speak. Better yet those that want their sleepless nights to be caused by their conscience. The greater advancements came from those that put the greatest risk into what they believed. Which if you think about it, its really a sorry state when you to sacrifice your very life to get equality. But those that are usually against equality are not always that concerned about the costs of maintaining of how they think things should be. When fighting monsters, you have to avoid becoming one.