We need a wealth tax that is more aggressive. This is white male privilege. This is White Power. The return of Apartheid. This is the core of the leftist meltdown since Twitter was bought by Elon Musk for $44 billion.
The 436 million Twitter users have had an emotional week. For those who are deeply involved in the ideological mudslinging on Twitter, whether they participate in it or just observe, Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter is nothing less than Donald Trump’s win in 2016. The right is cheering, but the left is in a state of constant turmoil. All of it is rooted in their understanding and practice of free speech, something Elon Musk pledged to restore just months before the US mid-term elections. It was discovered that the Biden administration planned to create a “Disinformation Governance board” which many compared to Orwell’s ministry of truth. Musk’s timing is very ruthless.
Twitter has been repeatedly accused of shadow-banning conservative voices, and arbitrarily suspending them. In January 2020, it was the first to deplatformed the US President Donald Trump. Twitter decensored a new story about Hunter Biden, the “laptop of hell”, in October 2020. This raised ethical questions about Joe Biden’s tenure as VP just before the election. The link to the Hunter Biden story from The New York Post was removed on Twitter after it was shut down for several days. Even if users wanted to, they couldn’t link the story to tweets. After being criticized, Twitter retracted this overbearing move. Vijaya Gadde (the top lawyer behind these policies) reportedly wept in a meeting with distraught Twitter workers after the deal with Elon Musk, who had been critical of the same decisions. The fact that almost 99% of Twitter employees support Democrat candidates shows how few people in the company are open to different ideas.
The left presses ahead with its agenda, using cancel culture and censorship to crush all who oppose it, while the right tries to strike back in a moment. They think they have it. It’s a level playing field. This is why it is such a big coup in the political arenas around the world and in particular the United States. However, billionaire Elon Musk cannot be considered a right-wing ideologue. Elon Musk is not the right fit for this role. He hasn’t been active in politics, and has, until now, lived more for the technological future and memes. Things got political when he, like all proponents of free speech agreed to the right of expression without the risk of being arbitrarily blocked. The simple ideal of free speech was once grounded in morality. However, the morally corrupt took over the reins of morality and gained protection and patronage from the Big Tech platform.
When all of this was challenged by a powerful billionaire it caused a huge meltdown. Billionaires could no longer own media companies and election results could be affected by social media policies. However, billionaires have been around for some time and social media policies have always influenced election results. Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, and also the second-richest man in the world. He owns The Washington Post. Marc Benioff, a billionaire, owns Time Magazine. The list goes on. The problem is that the left has the wrong guy who took over Twitter and dominated the rest of the group in a stunning way.
CHINA, HYPOCRISY, AND JEFF BEZOS
Jeff Bezos, one of the downstaged, also didn’t take this very well. In a tweet, he wondered if the Chinese government had gained some leverage over the world’s towns squares. He replied to the question with “My own answer is probably not.” He stated that the more likely outcome is complexity in China by Tesla, rather than Twitter censorship. Amazon took down all customer reviews and ratings on a book written by Xi Jinping from its Chinese websites to comply with angry officials. Amazon also created a section on its US website called “China Books”, which sells over 90,000. This was done to gain favor with the Chinese government through disseminating their propaganda. The Washington Post has its own part in the tumultuous history of Bezos’s businesses. The Washington Post received $4.6 million in 2016 from China Daily for publishing “China Watch,” a section dedicated to propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party.
Jeff Bezos should have been careful not to comment on Musk’s Chinese interests by linking up with the propaganda arm China’s government. But Elon Musk isn’t the first billionaire to face the perils of losing. Perhaps that’s why their 17-year-old rivalry has continued. Musk has called Bezos a “copycat”, and even trolling Blue Origin’s “blue Moon” lander with an edit of “blue balls”, but the two have been at odds over issues such as a NASA launchpad, which SpaceX won the right to acquire, and the patents claimed by Blue Origin, which was later dropped in favour of SpaceX.
Is it a crime to call for free speech?
The Washington Post has attacked Musk’s latest pledge to free speech via Twitter, just like other left-dominated media outlets. All of them are promoting the dangers associated with free speech as if it had never existed in America. They also praise the USA’s checks and balances, and the fact that they have a functioning democracy that can create laws based on healthy political debates. The left claims that white supremacists are now running wild on the platform as well as in the country. Many believed this and took to Tik Tok, a Chinese Communist Party-linked Tik Tok, to vent their pain and announce that they will be quitting Twitter. They didn’t fail to notice the irony.
The western left has moved so far to the left that it doesn’t believe in the liberties or normal existence of anyone even slightly left of the centre. To suppress debate and cancel people, the western left has used its political power to crush those who dare to challenge this ideological monopoly.
This disruptive development favors the argument of conservatives that they’re being targeted by the platform. It also mainstreams the option to fearlessly disagree and blows the cover left which co-opted Big Tech, gaslighting everyone to believe otherwise. The ongoing meltdown is one to be noted by posterity.