Sanctioned by PayPal
On July 11th Anti-Empire was booted from PayPal. Account disabled, funds blocked (fortunately there was a single cent left), and “banned” from creating a replacement account.
The disabling of the account paints a question mark over the next fundraiser for AE and perhaps even over AE’s continued active existence. Without access to PayPal it does not seem the modest quarterly drives the site had relied on are possible.
The deplatforming also interrupted all monthly subscriptions. Some of you had been backing AE with automatic monthly PayPal donations. With July 11 these had become impossible and are no longer going through.
I thought AE might avoid the Alex Jones treatment by the simple fact of being a small fish and not being worth the bother. But it seems that ultimately no source of dissent is small enough not to be targeted.
What AE being small really means is that there will be no campaign of pressure on PayPal to restore AE of the kind there was for Consortium News that ultimately forced a reversal.