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I have long held the belief that whatever else legalizing drugs might bring, a corrupted society is worse: lack of trust, widespread unequal application of law, bribery, etc. In ways I couldn’t have imagined, corruption has come to our society.
What brings me to the subject today is the report that Elon Musk’s attempted takeover of Twitter has spurred an “investigation” by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maybe my antenna is up because of the overriding of civil liberty in the pandemic, the corrupt Russia hoax deployed against President Trump, the questions about election integrity coming out of 2020, the January 6 “insurrection” jailings and prosecutions, the impoverishment (when not imprisoned) of Trump supporters, the suppression of speech by the Big Tech-MSM-DNC alliance, etc. But my fear is that Musk’s attempt to end censorship in the “public square” will be crushed by the same ideological cancer that removed President Trump from office.
On the other hand, it could be simply routine given the profile of the suitor and the publicly traded status of Twitter. Musk is idiosyncratic and transgressive, the marketplace can be manipulated, and the regulators need to maintain order. But events of the last few years gives this the whiff of corruption.
So if it is corruption, how is it to be cleansed? A society in the grip thereof faces an enormous task. Can it be cleansed without fire? Must the structure be destroyed and rebuilt? Is there another way?Published in