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Centralizing power is always a bad idea

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Posted By: Judy W., 2/2/2023 8:07:24 AM

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania —Eighty-five years ago, Carl Stotz had an epiphany of sorts while he was passing a lazy summer day playing catch with his two nephews and tripped over a lilac bush while chasing a wild pitch. (Snip) Nine years ago when Amazon announced AmazonSmile, which contributed 0.5% of every purchase made by a participating customer of their choice, a lot of Little Leagues urged their community to name their local team as their beneficiary (Snip) Last week, the company announced that beginning Feb. 1, the centralized monopoly will no longer help support local charities, including youth athletic associations. Instead, it will donate to social justice and social responsibility initiatives


Piece by piece, all of civil society is being destroyed in favor of more power to the giant institutions that run the world.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Clinger 2/2/2023 8:20:25 AM (No. 1392724)
Every single solitary example of delegating the management of your affairs to a third party opens the door to abuse corruption and abuse. You hire some high plains drifter to clean up your town and it is inevitable that in time he'll be running the place in a manner against your wishes. Funny how many fools can grasp the concept small scale but somehow think consolidated power on a global scale is a good idea.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: marbles 2/2/2023 8:22:15 AM (No. 1392727)
There are people believe that they're entitled to rule the world. All that tripe that was said at Davos a few weeks ago certainly confirms that. Beware of people that create a crisis that only they can save you from.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimincalif 2/2/2023 8:50:51 AM (No. 1392744)
I had set this up to benefit a conservative advocacy group, and at the time I remember being surprised Amazon would actually let customers make a choice that was at odds with The Narrative™.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: anniebc 2/2/2023 8:55:02 AM (No. 1392750)
I had the Amazon idea over 15 years but never acted on it. It seemed too big for me at that time in my life, and it just wasn't meant to be. How I wish I could have a do over.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: smokincol 2/2/2023 9:05:15 AM (No. 1392759)
"Centralizing power ... " never works ie: Soviet Union, Communist China, DPRK, Iran, Egypt, Italy .. many more examples
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 2/2/2023 9:41:37 AM (No. 1392786)
Amazon's website make no mention of this and my designated local charity. But if it comes to pass as written, I may have to switch to the Walmart shopping subscription, instead.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 2/2/2023 9:49:26 AM (No. 1392792)
No mention either of the $100 million to Van Jones.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 2/2/2023 11:04:03 AM (No. 1392858)
Centralizing power always ends in a loss of freedoms and a loss of rights. Plus, it stops being about a business or nation, and being about the people in charge who turn into looters. In the end, they implode. The trick is to come up with a governing system that will withstand the test of time. If you are a nation with half a billion citizens, what form of government works best? It's not a dictatorship. Problem is, it may not be a representative government either. Small government? How does one have a small government in a huge nation? Don't see any clear answer here.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 2/2/2023 12:03:55 PM (No. 1392926)
Why I avoid using Amazon if I can possibly find another source. Amazon is only a last resort after much searching. I, fortunately, probably only order from Bezos' pukes about 2 twice a year.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: walkingladyliberty 2/2/2023 2:18:02 PM (No. 1393056)
#6 I suggest you go search for your charity. I just did a search for mine after reading this article…and guess what…the charity comes up in the search, but when I click it to choose…it cannot be found! I discovered they had switched me from my chosen charity to a national charity. Mine supports special needs adults. To say that I am very upset is a complete understatement!!!
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