In recent weeks, Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has made headlines for several reasons, not the least of which for providing his Starlink satellite-based internet service to the embattled government of Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia.
But he has also made the news for moves he is making on Twitter, arguably the world’s biggest ‘electronic town hall’ platform.
First, Musk bought nearly 10 percent of the platform’s stock, making him, for a brief time, Twitter’s largest shareholder. Then news broke that he had been offered a seat on the Twitter board of directors — which he initially appeared to accept but then eventually declined.
Why? Because if he had taken the board seat his stake in the company would have been limited and, as we found out this week, he had plans to buy the company.
Initially, Twitter said it wasn’t selling. But Musk unveiled ‘Plan B’ and now the purchase of Twitter has been finalized.
However, it has been the left’s panicked responses to Musk’s moves to purchase Twitter and his vow to transform it back into the world’s most pervasive free speech platform that are really noteworthy.
Case in point: A column that was written for the far-left Guardian newspaper by one of the movement’s biggest toadies, Robert Reich, under the headline: “Elon Musk’s vision for the internet is dangerous nonsense.”
What does Reich mean when he makes this claim, given Musk’s past free-speech advocacy via Twitter?
“Musk has long advocated a libertarian vision of an ‘uncontrolled’ internet. That’s also the dream of every dictator, strongman and demagogue,” Reich claims.
— Musk has a “libertarian vision of an ‘uncontrolled’ internet.
— Such visions are allegedly held by ‘dictators, strongmen, and demagogues.’
Those two things don’t go together; that is about as Orwellian a statement as it gets. Let’s break it down:
— Dictators and strongmen hate free speech. They’re dictators; there is no freedom of speech or freedom of the press in dictatorial countries.
— An ‘uncontrolled’ internet which, presumably, would include a lightly regulated Twitter (you can’t have people posting death threats or child porn, for example, but most everything else should be fair game) is a good thing because that does promote ‘free speech.’
So what’s Reich really saying? Simple: He is attempting to equate Musk’s call for an unfettered Twitter with tyranny — therefore, we must heavily regulate and censor Twitter so ‘dictators’ and ‘strongmen’ and ‘demogogues’ (the latter of which describes Reich, by the way) aren’t empowered and emboldened.
It’s a nonsensical argument but it’s been made purposefully, if somewhat hamhandedly because the real goal for left-wing toadies like Reich is tyrannical censorship of ideas and arguments that run counter to, or afoul of, the Marxist claptrap the left constantly pushes.
There is no other reason to oppose a mostly free, largely open Twitter because by arguing against it, you necessarily are in favor of censorship — which is not what Musk supports.
Also, the objective is to attack Musk at any opportunity because he holds a “libertarian vision” of how people ought to be able to live. So Reich, the good little leftist, is merely employing one of counterculturalist revolutionary Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” in particular No. 13, which states: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
That explains why the left has zeroed in on Musk — he has made it his mission, apparently, to separate Twitter from the Stalinist left-wing radicals who have taken it over and have turned it into a massive propaganda vehicle for their side, purposely downgrading conservative ideas and content and banning vocal conservatives whose ‘crime’ is pointing out the failures of the left too often.
Elon Musk upsets the left-wing establishment because he is fighting to make people freer. It’s toadies like Robert Reich who are trying to stop him because they can’t stand free-thinking people.
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