Sunday, October 20, 2019

New California law slams independent journalists, trying to force them to work for just one place (and get unionized); political activism on the ground is still needed



I talked about AB-5 in California on the IT Jobs blog Sept. 15, but Saturday Tim Pool pointed out that freelance journalists who live in California are now panicking over passing the law.  Legacy publications are unlikely to take contributions from freelancers who can quickly reach the 35-per-year limit and will go out of state, as Tim Pool explains.


Democrats wanted to see writers able to organize (and feel inclined to do so) and get full benefits.  They didn’t want to see “real journalists” have to compete with very low cost independent competition.

It’s the old lowballing problem in the workplace.  Similar to right to work.

Pool also notes Sunday that Laura Loomer has raised money the old fashioned way (door-to-door and mail) for a seat in the Florida legislature despite being de-platformed by all the major social media.
   
Then that raises questions about people “like me” who right now don’t play ball with the political system the old-fashioned way.  That’s a topic for another day.

Pool also has some advice for Milo Yiannopoulos, and it is a lot more surprising than youthink. He also has some ideas for de-radicalization. Call it “cognitive awakening” and an environment that allows it. 

So, no, Carlos Maza, de-platforming may not work as well as “you” think.

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