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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fascism and the DOJ

Over the past couple days, I've seen several articles, such as this one, indicating that Chase bank had sent notices to adult film stars that it was unilaterally and without explanation closing their bank accounts. Most of you were probably like me, not really concerned, or perhaps even pleased at trouble directed toward a distasteful industry.

But it is ever the course of the tyrant to first attack the unpopular and distasteful. You may remember that this has happened to other companies and industries. For instance, Bank of America has been hostile to businesses in the firearms industry and, for at least a while, appeared to be prohibiting sales of ammunition through its debit or credit cards. The Reason Hit&Run blog indicates that this may be part of a larger effort by the Department of Justice to pressure banks to discriminate against certain industries.
Under "Operation Choke Point," the DOJ and its allies are going after legal but subjectively undesirable business ventures by pressuring banks to terminate their bank accounts or refuse their business. The very premise is clearly chilling—the DOJ is coercing private businesses in an attempt to centrally engineer the American marketplace based on it's own politically biased moral judgements. Targeted business categories so far have included payday lenders, ammunition sales, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia, and online gambling sites.

"Operation Chokepoint is flooding payments companies that provide processing service to those industries with subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other burdensome and costly legal demands," wrote Jason Oxman, CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association, at The Hill.
Considering the clearly anti-Christian bias of the Obama administration, one might legitimately wonder what "politically biased moral judgment" is involved here. The answer is that of radical feminism, which has always been hostile toward the adult entertainment industry, and which hostility recently raised its head again last month in England. It is typical of the "microclimate of totalitarianism", "in which people live in fear: fear of losing their jobs, fear of social ostracism for having said or even thought the wrong thing."

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