In case, you have not done so already, please read the Readme on the site menu.
Got it? Good. Let me explain in this first post why this is the chosen system for this publication.
The easiest spot to start is with the founder of the Brave browser. His name is Brendan Eich.
Mr. Eich is a technological "big deal". His basic resume follows not for the purpose of impressing upon anyone his acumen but will be seen to be relevant to the ensuing discourse as crucial evidence:
Eich started his career at Silicon Graphics, working for seven years on operating system and network code. He then worked for three years at MicroUnity Systems Engineering writing microkernel and DSP code, and doing the first MIPS R4000 port of GCC.
In an interview this morning, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.
“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”
The report continues:
What on Earth? The man was unable to lead a technological company because of his beliefs concerning gay marriage despite actually having contributed directly to the erection of the infrastructure of the web itself? This guy was busy building web roads before there was a super-information highway. He was tooling around in a Model T with goggles on, for crying out loud. But yet, because of his position on a political issue he is unable to lead a technological company? Does that make any sense at all?
INo, no it does not. Here is the problem. When money is tied to the beliefs of men, what the Bible calls mammon, then it becomes very difficult to stand up for beliefs that diverge from mammon. The country, however, was not built on the principle that speech and politics must conform to the few who hold the majority of the money. The phraseology is "That all men are created equal." and "have the right to free speech". It does not say either/or.
When this story happened I vaguely remember seeing it, but I had not appreciated the full implication. Sure, such a thing might happen as an isolated incident in a state, but surely the country would prevent such occurrences from becoming wide-spread. Whether or not gay marriage is legal or illegal in the sense of a courthouse definition is certainly irrelevant to whether someone can do a job. If anything, this looks like some Gestapo tactic to fuel an agenda.
However, the good news is that Mr. Eich seems to have bounced back and has started, with the Brave browser, to separate personal identity from value. In other words, he has begun to develop the technology that ensures the web does not commercialize your identity as a human being as a business. As the business tagline states: You are not a product. Indeed. Beliefs are not something you go shopping at Wal-Mart to try to purchase. A product is a separate entity from a belief in the same way the country and the rights granted in it are separate from the belief of any exclusive group in a representative-democracy that constitutes a republic.
For this reason, the freedom to create and to hold different beliefs AND to be able to make money while so doing, I am using the Brave browser and am using it also to help fund this site. I hope it blooms into more software solutions that do the same thing, and maybe, just maybe, people will start remembering the original software of the Constitution of the United States.
Update: As of July 11th, 2019, I am no longer using the Brave Browser. I had read the terms of service, but I had not read them with a particularly paranoid eye since I figured that since Mr. Eich had been through the experience of being discriminated against for silly reasons that he would understand the importance of a new platform not having any tricks built into it better than anyone else. Sadly, this was not so, since the terms of service had several time-limited "opt-out" clauses which had to do with agreements for binding arbitration and using the sites featured by Brave as advertisement with impunity.
Since I am a busy human being and do not consult a lawyer for each decision I need to make in life, I find the plugins for browsers helpful that identify good and bad terms of service as an answer to the above issue. Until the web finds some better way of monetizing sites and compensating creators without crippling them, I will simply refer you to the donation link to our church which can be found in the site navigation.
Needless to say, I opted out of Brave's user agreements.