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Elon Musk: Champion of Free Speech or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? By Ryan Matters

There’s not that much difference between what Elon Musk believes in and what Klaus Schwab believes in. From Ryan Matters at off-guardian.org:

Recently, the news broke that Elon Musk (now the world’s richest man) acquired Twitter. Musk claims that he’s a “free speech absolutist” and his takeover of the company was motivated by his passion for open discourse.

Musk called Twitter “the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”. He feels that free speech is “the bedrock of a functioning democracy” and that’s why he just couldn’t bear to witness the tech platform engage in such brash censorship.

Sounds good, right?

After all, many of us have been voicing our concerns about the Orwellian rise in censorship over the last few years, and here’s a billionaire siding with us (for once).

In fact, mere days after Musk’s offer was accepted by Twitter’s board, previously banned accounts began to return to the platform.

It seems almost too good to be true…and maybe it is.

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It’s Too Early to Celebrate Elon Musk’s Purchase of Twitter, by Robert Bridge

Let’s not forget that Elon is in pretty good with the Davos crowd. From Robert Bridge at strategic-culture.org:

While many of us celebrate the sale of Twitter, let’s never forget the adage, ‘if it appears too good to be true, it probably is.’

Everything that is wrong about our modern times became apparent this week as the entrepreneur Elon Musk bought out Twitter for $44 bln, triggering a global meltdown as liberals feared their favorite toy had been lost to rightwing forces forever. Unfortunately, the story is more complex than that.

Musk’s purchase of the San Francisco-based company was such a shock that Vijaya Gadde, chief of Twitter’s “trust and safety” department, reportedly broke down crying while discussing details of the deal with colleagues. Whether Gadde’s tears were tears of joy or tears of sorrow – Musk’s takeover was estimated to have boosted the stock value in the company by at least $20 per share – we may never know, but hitting the lottery has been known to induce euphoric reactions among the winners. Jack Dorsey, for example, Twitter’s co-founder, alone stands to earn $1bn in cash once the deal is inked.

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Elon and Orange, by Eric Peters

Don’t mistake Elon Musk for a libertarian, any more than you would Donald Trump. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Many are excited – relieved is perhaps the better word – on account of the news that Elon Musk has bought Twitter, the “social media” entity whose name and symbol seem designed to appeal to giggling 13-year-old girls but which has been used to first hoover up the general population into using it as the vehicle for their public comments and then punish those among them who comment contrarily to whatever the reigning orthodoxies happen to be.

Facebook – the other variant of “social media” – operates on the basis of the same infantile-appeal (the name is equally suggestive of pre-pubescence) and has been used to the same East German Stasi effect.

Brilliant, really.

East Germany’s Stasi – the secret police, the intelligence gathering services – could only secretly police so much because there were only so many secret policemen (and women; the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik was an equal opportunity oppressor, as all “democracies” are).

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Woke Twitter Elitists Are Too Stupid To Realize Elon Musk Is Saving The Platform, by Brandon Smith

Twitter’s business has been faltering. Elon Musk could be just what the company needs. From Brandon Smith at alt-market.com:

In the past year Big Tech and Big Media are learning a valuable lesson – That “Get Woke, Go Broke” is not just a mantra, it’s a rule. We’ve just seen companies like Netflix take a massive market beating because of their hubris and their presumption that they can simply dictate the path of our culture from on high through leftist propaganda. CNN just shut down their premium “+” service after a single month because no one trusts them enough to pay them pocket change for content. And Disney is about to lose their municipal charter in Florida because they thought they were in charge of the state and its laws, when in fact they are not.

Woke corporations are slowly but surely dying and leftists don’t seem to grasp the situation. They’ll never admit openly that the reason these companies are seeing declines is because of their cult-like political stance that justifies the forced indoctrination of everyone, including children. They’ll say it was covid, they’ll say it was inflation, they’ll say it was bigotry, but in reality it was always them. No one likes them, and people are finally realizing they don’t have to spend money buying products from insane leftists they don’t like.

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Can Elon Musk Save Free Speech?

Elon Musk can’t save free speech, but if he gets control of Twitter he may save it on that platform. From Alexandra Bruce at lewrockwell.com

There was never any doubt, but now there is certainty: Twitter isn’t about free speech, it isn’t about shareholder value, it isn’t a market driven private enterprise and it sure as hell isn’t about democracy. It is a thought control platform.

For weeks, Elon Musk had been tweeting complaints about Twitter’s censorship policies, particularly after the Babylon Bee had their account suspended for referring to Assistant HHS Secretary Rachel Levine as a “biological male” after she was named Woman of the Year by USA Today.

On April 4th, Elon Musk announced that he had taken a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making him the largest shareholder, causing share prices to instantly shoot up 25%.

On April 9th, he was awarded a seat on the board of directors on the condition that he not own more than 14.9% of the company’s outstanding stock, after which he declined the seat.

On the morning of April 14th, Elon Musk offered to buy out Twitter for $43 billion or $54.20 per share, telling TED chief, Chris Anderson, “This is not a way to make money. My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilization.”

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Worrying About The Wrong Things?

Twitter faces the ‘nightmare’ of being forced into free speech, by Jonathan Turley

The Twitter board opens itself up to legal action if it scotches Tusk’s takeover bid without seriously considering it. From Jonathan Turley at thehill.com:

Twitter’s board of directors gathered this week to sign what sounds like a suicide pact. It unanimously voted to swallow a “poison pill” to tank the value of the social media giant’s shares rather than allow billionaire Elon Musk to buy the company.

The move is one way to fend off hostile takeovers, but what is different in this case is the added source of the hostility: Twitter and many liberals are apoplectic over Musk’s call for free speech protections on the site.

Company boards have a fiduciary duty to do what is best for shareholders, which usually is measured in share values. Twitter has long done the opposite. It has virtually written off many conservatives — and a large portion of its prospective market — with years of arbitrary censorship of dissenting views on everything from gender identity to global warming, election fraud and the pandemic. Most recently, Twitter suspended a group, Libs of Tik Tok, for “hateful conduct.” The conduct? Reposting what liberals have said about themselves.

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Video: Tucker Carlson Outlines How Twitter Is “Where Elite Opinion Is Incubated”, by Steve Watson

Go, Elon! From Steve Watson at summit.news:

Tucker Carlson explained Thursday why Elon Musk’s attempted takeover of Twitter is “the single most important development for free speech in the modern history of the United States,” noting that the platform is “where elite opinion is incubated.”

The host declared that Twitter “is the single most important forum for speech possibly in the world,” but that it is currently being used to foment mass group-think.

“As Musk put it, Twitter’s potential is to be ‘the platform for free speech around the globe.’ Twitter will neither ‘thrive nor serve the societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company,” Carlson said.

He further highlighted that “if Twitter’s board rejects Elon Musk’s offer, they will need to explain why to their shareholders. They turned down a deal that would make the shareholders much richer.”

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Elon Musk’s Bid Reveals Twitter is the Poison Pill to be Cured, by Tom Luongo

Twitter may find that its increasingly heavy-handed censorship may lead it down the same path as CNN. In which case, Musk’s bid, if he ends up buying the company, may be the best thing to ever happen to it. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

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Elon Musk’s Big Move on Twitter, by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Twitter is getting exactly what it deserves. Let’s hope this kind of First Amendment capitalism spreads to Google, Facebook, et. al. From Jeffrey A. Tucker at brownstoneinstitute.org:

As you undoubtedly have heard, Elon Musk – ever the rebel – has offered to buy the whole of Twitter for more than $43 billion. He says that the offer is final. No negotiation. If it is rejected, he will likely sell his 10% stake.

I’m personally excited about the prospect because so many of my friends have been canceled by the platform. I’ve seen the way this has affected their lives. Yes, they move on eventually but the platform has become poorer in their absence. The range of opinion is more narrow and the links to vital research materials more and more thin. Plus, many of us who remain are more careful than we should be: self-censoring.

Elon’s bid threatens this entire model, which is why right now shockwaves are shooting through the many powerful quarters. Twitter is already packed with legacy users clutching pearls and confessing how “frightened” they are.

Twitter is probably the most powerful communication tool on the planet Earth today, as instrumental in the election of Donald Trump as it was in driving the Covid narrative toward lockdowns and mandates. Its influence far outstrips its market capitalization.

As Revolver News puts it:

Twitter remains, by Elon’s own admission, the de facto public town square. Despite its severe censorship, it is still the only major digital public space where anonymous accounts can interact with celebrities, journalists and business titans (including Elon), where world leaders engage in spirited public diplomacy, and where dominant cultural and political narratives incubate and spread.

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