What? How can Facebook have a political affiliation? The users that essentially create Facebook and the network it consists of come from all different political walks of life. However, users are not the brain, nor the heart of the beast that is Facebook. In fact, as a Facebook user, you are more akin to the calories burned for energy that propel the Facebook company forward. A similar analogy would be fuel in an automobile in that fuel has no choice in the direction or destination of the vehicle. Shareholders are the GPS navigation unit, Zuckerberg is the driver and the users are moving the vehicle forward with absolutely no say in it’s ultimate direction or for what purpose. Where is Facebook taking us? Fasten your seat-belt, because you’re in for a wild ride.
FWD.us 501(c)(4) is a political lobby founded on April 11th of 2013. It’s members are only 10 strong, with Mark Zuckerberg himself being one of two influential co-founders. FWD.us‘s initial stated cause is to push for comprehensive immigration reform. FWD.us has had the support of many prominent California tech titans, including Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, as these people perceive immigration reform as a key to bringing an influx of technical intelligence to America that will greatly benefit Silicon Valley and the like. This logic is sound and a cause many tech minded and layman could equally support.
However, in the seedy way in which Washington works, to attain one goal you must first cede two other goals to the opposition. Washington D.C. has created an environment of incessant moral compromise, structured upon partisan, uncompromising lines in which the end result is, more often than not, a scenario in which the American people lose out.
To get congressional backing for immigration reform, FWD.us chose to bankroll and support two very conservative politicians and their agendas in order to gain support. Zuckerberg, FWD.us and indirectly all Facebook users, have contributed to ad campaigns for both senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio and their various causes. Steve Sailer at iSteve has documented this involvement thoroughly on his blog. Whether you are far right, far left or dead center, you may want to think twice next time you log onto Facebook about what butterfly effects are rippling through Washington as a result of your social addiction.
The biggest cause of angst amongst many environmentalist and liberals alike is FWD.us’s direct support for the Keystone Pipeline and oil exploration in the pristine arctic. The backlash has been enormous, with FWD.us being inundated with complaints and outcries of displeasure on it’s own social media channels. Visionary Elon Musk has parted ways with FWD because of it’s controversial support for such projects as the Keystone Pipeline.
The moral of the story is not whether the pipeline should be built or not, or how corrupt and soul-crushing D.C politics can be, but instead how the masses, meaning everyone using Facebook, are being used to power much larger and targeted ambitions of individuals. Like it or not, every registered user Facebook gains means more advertising revenue, which means more cash for political action groups like FWD.us and in turn more ability to buy policies that simply please Zuckerberg and his 9 friends controlling FWD.
What do you think of your time and loyalty funding political campaigns and controversial environmental policies? Are you apathetic since you can’t directly see the results? Are you furious and wish to protest loudly with your social network voice? Or do you just want to say “to hell with it” and delete your Facebook profile, thus removing yourself from this monster of a social-political beast altogether?
Please feel free to tell us what you think, if you think anything at all, and perhaps we will return to this subject as things progress.