Competition Cures a Lot of Ills

Also, competition is a hardy weed, not a delicate flower.

I was shocked last week to learn that GoFundMe, which I have used a lot in the last 3 years, withheld money that had been contributed to the Canadian truckers who are protesting vaccine mandates.

It was only after extreme pressure that GoFundMe relented and agreed to return contributions to those who had contributed. Elon Musk’s comment helped.

But it was only within days that another organization came along and said that people who contributed to the truckers through its site would actually have their money reach them. That organization is GiveSendGo.

Interestingly, there’s another competitor that Facebook advertised: Facebook. When I went on Facebook to tell friends that I would no longer used GoFundMe, an immediate message from Facebook came up. It said:

When you need to raise money for something or someone important to you, your friends can help. Create a fundraiser on Facebook in a few quick steps.

I follow the NBA; well, actually, I follow the Golden State Warriors. One of the lines I have seen NBA commenters use is “Scoring cures a lot of ills.”

Postscript: There has been a lot of misinformation about the truckers’ protest. As this interview with one of the leaders of the protest makes clear, it is NOT about opposition to vaccines. It’s about opposition to vaccine mandates.