Monday, December 6, 2010

Defend WikiLeaks – Boycott Amazon

The online behemoth is an extension of the state


by Justin Raimondo, December 06, 2010

" A spontaneous movement to boycott, the online retailer, has taken off in response to the company’s decision to kick WikiLeaks off its servers. We at unequivocally endorse this effort. In spite of attempts by some to claim the company was subjected to a threat “at gunpoint,” in reality, no one put a gun to Amazon’s head. They were more than happy to join the attack on WikiLeaks, as their statement made all too clear:

“There have been reports that a government inquiry prompted us not to serve WikiLeaks any longer. That is inaccurate......."

They couldn’t be clearer: although no doubt Lieberman’s direct intervention contained the threat of government action, this isn’t a case of a private company being bullied by Washington, and complying for fear of retribution. Amazon agrees with the government campaign to shut down WikiLeaks, and they want to do all they can to help.

Echoing the government-Big Media lie that WikiLeaks is purveying “stolen property,” Amazon is making propaganda for the regime and its efforts to take down WikiLeaks. Although it isn’t very convincing propaganda: after all, who “owns” those 250,000 diplomatic cables – or the “Collateral Damage” video, for that matter? Why, the people whose involuntary contributions paid for them, i.e. the American taxpayers. Now, instead of being kept in the dark about the often dangerous and provocative shenanigans our government is up to overseas, the American people have access to what is their property, not the government’s. .......

The answer of every freedom-loving American to these attacks must be: To hell with Amazon, to hell with Paypal, and to hell with the government. You’re either for liberty, or you’re against it: there is no middle ground.

The controversy over WikiLeaks is a defining issue, one that separates the liberty-lovers from the lickspittles.
Which one are you? "

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