The establishment’s Orwellian line on Elon Musk’s Twitter crusade

“Democracy dies in the dark” is the motto of the Washington Post, which belongs to Jeff Bezos. It may sound like a warning, but more and more it seems like a summary of the left’s efforts to control the debate and quash any opposition.

A recent example of these endeavors appeared in a column by former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s big buy of Twitter stock. The original headline – amended after widespread ridicule – read: “Elon Musk’s vision for the internet is dangerous nonsense: Musk has long held a libertarian vision of an ‘uncontrolled’ internet. This is also the dream of every dictator, strongman and demagogue.”

The mockery was understandable. “Liberal visions” of “uncontrolled” speech were not actually the tools of the trade for dictators, rulers and demagogues. Typically, these authoritarian figures want that Be silent their opponents, making sure that their own voices and those of their satraps and toadylicks are the only ones heard.

Reich’s defense attorneys, if he has any, could claim that the headline is a poor summary of his real argument, namely this: “In Musk’s vision of Twitter and the internet, he would be the magician behind the curtain – projecting onto the world’s screen a false image of a brave new world that empowers everyone. In reality, this world would be dominated by the wealthiest and most powerful people on earth, who would be accountable to no one for facts, truth, science, or the common good.”

Thing is, what Reich is describing is what we have now: a world where unaccountable oligarchs like Amazon’s Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg — people who are actually “the richest and most powerful people in the world” — are opaque Use algorithms to quell criticism and disagreement.

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich claimed Musk's vision was for Twitter "dangerous."
Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich claimed Musk’s vision for Twitter was “dangerous.”
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That’s not Elon Musk’s vision. This is the world created by Reich’s allies in Big Tech.

And you don’t have to look far to see it. Just last month, Issues & Insights reported on a poll it conducted on people’s feelings about COVID using TIPP, the most accurate predictor of the last five presidential elections. The poll found that 65% of Americans believe COVID policy in the United States is “politics-driven,” while just 21% believe it is “science-driven.”

The poll was scientific, conducted by a reputable source, and accurately reported.

Google AdSense responded by flagging it as “dangerous and derogatory content” and therefore removed its ads from the article. When Issues & Insights appealsGoogle stood by its action.

This isn’t the first time Google has attacked Issues & Insights over polls it didn’t like. In March, I&I released a poll showing that 67% of Republicans wanted President Donald Trump in the 2024 election, while just 37% of Democrats wanted President Joe Biden on the ballot. Google called this “unreliable and harmful”.

Reich claimed Musk wanted the internet "dominated by the richest and most powerful people" in the world.
Reich claimed that Musk wanted the internet to be “dominated by the richest and most powerful people” in the world.
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We’ve seen a lot of things like this – not least when Twitter and other tech giants have banned The Post’s coverage, which has since been found correct, on Hunter Biden’s laptop and the malicious information it contained. Many social media giants banned any links to the story, and Twitter even went so far as to prevent its users from sharing the story one-on-one via direct messages. (CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that this was a “total mistake”.)

Their purpose was to sway the outcome of the election in favor of the Democrats, and they probably did.

Reich isn’t upset about it at all. He’s upset at the idea of ​​Elon Musk putting a stop to it. Despite his bluster, Reich does defend the strongmen and oligarchs who inexplicably censor people’s speech.

If Musk’s views are dangerously libertarian, it’s because a libertarian approach would destroy the tech-oligarchs’ ability to shape people’s perceptions and influence politics.

(Reich also claims without evidence that Trump’s ban on Twitter was “necessary to protect American democracy”. Well, maybe if you remember that whenever Democrats talk about “our democracy,” they really mean “unfettered power for Democrats.”)

In George Orwell’s 1984, war is peace, liberty is slavery, and ignorance is strength. To these Orwellian inversions, Reich would add another: Censorship is freedom of speech. But it’s not, and claiming otherwise won’t make it.

Unfortunately, Reich isn’t just a lonely madman writing in the Guardian. Instead, as usual, he is repeating the line of the establishment.

The establishment doesn’t want freedom of speech because when Americans can speak honestly about what the elites are doing, people will understand how lazy the establishment has gotten and want to do something about it.

Of course that shouldn’t be the case. When democracy dies in the dark, it’s not an accident. It will be murder.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a law professor at the University of Tennessee and founder of the blog InstaPundit.com.

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