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Triggernometry's Battle Against Corporate Censorship and Financial Blacklisting

Few YouTube channels have garnered as much attention in the vast landscape of online content as Triggernometry. Hosted by Konstantin Kissin and Francis Foster, this thought-provoking platform has become a hub for engaging discussions on politics, culture, and current affairs. Triggernometry's commitment to intellectual honesty, open dialogue, and exploring diverse perspectives has attracted a devoted following.

However, recent events have cast a dark shadow threatening freedom of speech. Tide Bank shockingly shut down its bank account without giving any reason. The sudden closure of Triggernometry's bank account by Tide Bank has sent shockwaves across the internet and its community of subscribers.

Konstantin Kissin expressed frustration, saying there was no transparency about the decision. This lack of explanation raises concerns about the increasing trend of financial institutions refusing services to politically controversial figures and organisations.

This incident involving Triggernometry is not an isolated case. It aligns with a disturbing trend where banks and financial institutions are increasingly wielding their power to control who can take part in the public discourse. The rise of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria plays a significant role in this paradigm shift.

ESG initiatives, originally designed to promote responsible business practices, have taken on a more contentious role. In an alarming turn of events, these initiatives are now being used as tools for censorship, stifling dissenting voices, and imposing conformity on ideological grounds. This echoes the notion of a social credit system reminiscent of China's approach, where corporations act as proxies for the government in enforcing conformity.

The erosion of freedom of expression and the rise of corporate censorship is a departure from the core tenets of capitalism and libertarian politics. The capitalist system thrives on competition, innovation, and a marketplace of ideas. However, when financial institutions become the gatekeepers of discourse, selectively deciding who can take part, the very foundations of capitalism are shaken.

More importantly, this trend significantly threatens libertarian principles, which advocate for limited government intervention and personal freedoms. The undue influence of corporations in deciding who can access financial services or engage in public discourse is a stark departure from the principles of individual liberty and personal choice.

Triggernometry's plight serves as a cautionary tale about the growing power of financial institutions to stifle dissent and silence voices they consider controversial. The abrupt termination of their account by Tide Bank, without explanation or transparency, underscores the need for open discussions on the erosion of free speech and the encroachment of corporate censorship.

Triggernometry's recent encounter with Tide Bank may have inadvertently triggered a force they hadn't anticipated. As Konstantin Kissin took to social media to shed light on the situation, the story quickly went viral, drawing widespread attention. Tide Bank has started investigating the abrupt account closure in response to public pressure. This turn of events shows the power of public outcry. It highlights the importance of holding financial institutions accountable for their actions.

Kissin's revelation on GB News that Triggernometry received offers from competing banks to provide their services underscores that, despite the disruption caused, the market still operates with some degree of competition and choice. With its inherent ability to adapt and respond to consumer demand, capitalism continues to exhibit a heartbeat. However, the mere fact that such disruptions occur raises concerns about the potential impact on individuals, organisations, and the broader landscape of political discourse.

Triggernometry's plight is not an isolated incident. It is part of a broader pattern where politically controversial figures, organisations, and even newer political parties have faced challenges securing banking services. Cancelling The Free Speech Union's PayPal account and freezing bank accounts for truckers protesting vaccine mandates in Canada are examples of this trend.

ESG initiatives, initially intended to promote responsible business practices, are increasingly being exploited as a smokescreen for corporatism. By wielding ESG criteria as a tool for silencing dissent and controlling ideological narratives, corporations and financial institutions bypass democratic processes and undermine the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability.

Beyond corporate censorship, governments also play a significant role in reshaping the financial landscape. The UK government's plans to replace cash in favour of digital currency raise concerns about the erosion of financial privacy and individual autonomy. With a digital currency system, governments could monitor and control every transaction, giving them unprecedented access to information about our economic activities.

The actions of the Canadian government, exemplified by the freezing of bank accounts belonging to protesting truckers, serve as a chilling reminder of the potential abuse of power in the absence of robust checks and balances. Such measures curtail dissent and enable governments to control individuals' financial assets, making them vulnerable to arbitrary actions that infringe upon their economic freedoms.

Triggernometry's encounter with Tide Bank highlights the importance of defending free speech, protecting individual liberties, and safeguarding the principles of capitalism and democracy. It underscores the need for greater scrutiny of financial institutions, exploring alternative banking solutions, and advocating for regulations that ensure transparency, fairness, and the protection of civil liberties.

While the market's response and the public outcry in support of Triggernometry demonstrate some resilience, the incident serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges facing freedom of expression in the digital age. Individuals, civil society organisations, and policymakers must unite to uphold democratic values and work towards a society where diverse voices can thrive without fear of financial banning or government overreach. Only then can we preserve the democratic ideals that form the bedrock of society.

Rob Ede - Wessex Coordinator

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