I have received an epiphany.
One of the most damaging fallacies that has been put over on humankind is the distinction between the private and public (or commercial) spheres, and the idea that such a distinction can be rationally be made. The general acceptance of this fallacy allows double standards to be arbitrarily and capriciously applied at the whim of politicians; enables blanket bans to masquerade as tightly-scoped regulations; and institutionalizes an unnatural psychological schism which splits men and women into human beings, on the one side, and business machines on the other.
There is no public vs. private life. There is no “speaking as a businessperson” vs. “speaking as a human being”. There is no private property vs. public venue. There are no commercial vehicles. There are no “gifts” vs. “political contributions”. Objects have only their own nature, not some arbitrary metaphysical nature based on their use. I am not a consumer.
There is only human action. There is only property. There are only relationships, negotiations, and agreements between human individuals. Publicly or privately, in groups or singly, coldly or lovingly, we act and are acted upon, we offer and we accept, we give and we receieve. It is all one, and artificial distinctions are illusory.
To assert otherwise is tantamount to advocating the concept of thoughtcrime. For where do these distinctions exists but in the mind, in the inneffable realm of intent?