I wrote a detailed whaleshares/steem comparison a few days ago and was immediately flagged 8 times on steem by @berniesanders (who also sent a very large picture of some poo) not because I used him as an example of what happens when the power concentrates in the hands of a few but because he felt as if he needed to "protect people from shitcoins run by scammy trash". So he says.
I am not interested in talking about his comment in this moment but I will say that you need not concern yourself with the validity of his words.
What I would like to talk about here is the conversation bernie & I went on to have under my post and where the thought process led me.
To clarify, I had received a 100% upvote from @stellabelle with a lovely little endorsement to go with it.
Thank you Stella but I will never know what your 100% upvote tastes like because bernie did his best to make sure I received nothing.
Thank you Whaliens!
Before I go any further I want to say an even bigger thanks to this community for the way in which you have supported this same post here on Whaleshares. Needless to say I would be feeling much more hard done by in this moment if it wasn't for you lot, so... thank you 🙏🏻
The bernie conversation
Caught up in the passion of it all I described the reality of my situation which is that I rely on steem to feed my family.
Appealing to his better nature was always going to be a long shot and yep, not a chance.
Somewhere in our brief conversation, which I ended when he became too aggressive, he said the following words to me:
I'm not sure you understand the concept of freedom.
I thought about this for a moment and concluded that he was probably right.
So I looked it up.
The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
Point 1 seems clear but there is a certain amount of ambiguity around being imprisoned or enslaved. We don't need to be physically imprisoned to be in a prison. Mainstream media does this very effectively without our awareness.
The flagging question
Here we are on the cutting edge of new age social media, seeking a system which is fair & censorship free. Whaleshares have made it x3 times more expensive to use our flag here, which is a great improvement on steem.
With this adjustment only the mega whales will care about flagging someone into oblivion as bernie so kindly did to me.
We are still just talking about money here.
Those with the most can mess with those with the least by essentially de-monetising certain topics. Bernie has made it abundantly clear he doesn't like me shilling whaleshares on steem and he has the power to reduce my rep to 0 ensuring I never see a single pay-out again, should he choose.
This brings me back to that 2nd definition of freedom. I am not physically being imprisoned or enslaved but I am being manipulated to the will of another and this in my mind means I am not free.
Why can't we eliminate the ability to reduce pay-out with a flag?
Perhaps just a big red flag in the top corner so that all may know it has been flagged?
I imagine there must be a logical answer to this question which in this moment I cannot see. Perhaps someone might be able to enlighten me?
It seems to me that while this feature remains (in whatever form) in the end we will still have our high powered bullies running amuck unchallenged.
Eliminating the feature altogether must surely be the only way to guarantee this cannot happen here?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
In other news
An old friend made his first post here today and I would like to direct you towards it for he is a very special kind of man who I am proud to call my friend. Creator of the Steemit Mastermind Group and so much more, please welcome @kenistyles
Who is @samstonehill?