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It is always astounding the amount of people who truly don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to the matter of freedom of speech. It used to be that the dead giveaway that would signal someone didn’t know what they were talking about would be when they would say something along the lines of “look, I’m all for free speech, but…” and then from then on the listener could be rest assured that what would follow would be some half-baked excuse to silence those of who the speaker disagrees. Of course, the free speech absolutist need not concern themselves with defending repulsive opinions, such as those of a white supremacist or a Nazi, but they would concern themselves with the right of said opinions to be expressed. Here, I would have to cloak myself in the cloth of Volatire, who was never wiser than when he said “I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.
Yup— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 26, 2022
In fact, it is now being reported by Magaconservatives.com that:
Twitter CEO Elon Musk explained the real reason the media is losing their collective minds over him buying Twitter. Musk said they are mad at him because they no longer control the narrative and for them that is unforgivable.
Musk has faced advertiser boycotts and threats from power users and celebrities to leave Twitter. Most were all talk but some actually followed through and deleted their accounts and stopped placing ads on Twitter.
A Twitter user said: “The establishment media is angry at @elonmusk because Twitter is no longer under the control of the establishment and its activist allies. He implemented meritocratic policies and fired their friends who “worked” at Twitter. The public can now openly question the narrative.”
Another Twitter user said:
“People should know the insane amount of crap you’ve received since the takeover.”
Musk said: “It’s insane! I’m just fighting for free speech in America. Twitter as a platform must be fair to all.”
Below is a partial list of advertisers boycotting Twitter:
American Express Company
Big Heart Petcare
BlueTriton Brands, Inc.
Boston Beer Company
CA Lottery (California State Lottery)
CenturyLink (Lumen Technologies, Inc.)
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.*
Unsuprisingly, the self evident right of freedom of speech and the axiomatic necessity to defend it has fallen on the usual deaf years. For instance, the Washington Post had the following to say:
Hours after Elon Musk took control of Twitter in late October, the Trust and Safety team responsible for combating hate speech on the site received an urgent directive: Bring back the Babylon Bee.
To some Twitter employees, the order was troubling. The self-described Christian satirical site had been banned since March for refusing to delete a tweet naming Biden health official Rachel Levine its “Man of the Year.” Levine is a transgender woman, and the tweet violated a 2018 rule prohibiting Twitter users from targeting transgender people by referring to them by the name or gender they used before transitioning.
The Washington Post went on to say that:
To Musk, the suspension was emblematic of the kind of liberal overreach he has vowed to purge from the platform. In a small kitchen on the second floor of the company’s San Francisco headquarters, he huddled with his lawyer, Alex Spiro, Trust and Safety lead Yoel Roth, another Twitter employee and a Tesla employee to discuss the suspension.
While the Babylon Bee’s tweet was “not cool,” Musk told them, it also wasn’t “sticks and stones” — violent threats that he argued should be the new standard for who gets booted.
Since that Friday in October, Musk’s brief reign at Twitter has been marked by chaos and upheaval as the notoriously mercurial and impatient billionaire seeks to impose his will on a company famous for its deliberative culture. Massive layoffs and Musk’s demand that remaining employees pledge to work “hardcore” hours have left one of the world’s most influential social media sites operating with a skeleton staff and experts predicting an eventual crash. Meanwhile, advertisers are fleeing, raising doubts about Musk’s ability to generate sufficient profits to satisfy investors in the $44 billion deal.
Amid the turmoil, Musk has stoked the culture-war issues that helped inspire him to purchase the company in the first place. A fierce advocate for the right “to speak freely within the bounds of the law,” Musk has moved rapidly — at times erratically — to undermine a regime built over a decade to define dangerous language on the site and protect vulnerable communities, replacing it with his own more impulsive style of ad hoc decision-making.
So, this latest installment in the drama of Elon Musk seems to act as a clarion call to the absolutists among us (including myself) who are clear on what freedom of speech actually is do see it as a democratic value worth defending. There will always be those who say that they are for freedom of speech and will go about doing everything they can to show you they don’t. Follow The Raging Patriot for more on this story as it develops.