History will mark April 25, 2022, as a day of monumental significance in the revival and survival of free speech when Elon Musk bought the Big Tech platform Twitter for $44 billion and became its sole owner.
Musk, who has described himself as a “free speech absolutist,” regards free speech as “the bedrock of a functioning democracy” and intends to transform Twitter into “a genuine platform for free speech.” In a letter to the Board of Twitter, Musk stated “Twitter will neither thrive nor serve society in its current form.”
For all who recognise diversity and value the free exchange of information and opinion Musk’s intentions should be applauded. After all, as John Milton stated centuries ago, “Whoever knew truth to be put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”
Yet the contortions of the bitterness of the political Left and the so-called Democratic Party at the news of Musk’s manoeuvre leave no doubt as to the extent of their prejudice, hypocrisy and intolerance of the first amendment. Leftist journalist Aaron Rupar is horrified that Twitter will now permit “robust exchanges of competing information” which he believes should “be shut down to protect people from misinformation.”
Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki insists that the White House will continue to engage Twitter about what it regards as “misinformation.” Although Trump has said he has no intention of having his Twitter account reinstated, Psaki has expressed grave concern at that prospect. Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren deplores Musk’s takeover as “dangerous for our democracy.”
The significance of the lament of the Left needs to be seen within the context of the prescription and control of narratives it has imposed. Implicit in the remarks of Psaki and her ilk is the arrogance that only they are qualified to determine what “misinformation” is and to prevent its dissemination.
But their arrogance is about to be replaced by humble pie as their disinformation narratives on a range of issues are exposed: the Clinton-inspired hoax of Trump’s collusion with Russia in 2016, the 2020 election fraud, the Capitol insurrection, the extent of Covid deaths, health threats posed by vaccines, global warming, the business ventures of the Bidens with China and Russian oligarchs.
Musk’s takeover of Twitter provides impetus in combatting the “woke virus” and in exposing the fraud of narratives which have been imposed as holy writ.