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In Robert Heinlein’s 1950 story The Man Who Sold the Moon, the first manned lunar landing is not a government project.  Rather, it is the achievement of entrepreneur/industrialist Delos D Harriman, known to his friends and associates as ‘D.D.”  Some have seen a resemblance between Heinlein’s fictional character and the real-life Elon Musk.   Harriman has […]

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Email exhibits in the litigation against Musk show a breakdown between Musk and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) over funding. This may explain Musk’s recent statements defending his tweet: “…Funding secured.” An interesting coincidence may be the relative timing of a PIF investment in Tesla competitor (hated rival) Lucid Motors. Preview […]

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If Musk Takes Over Twitter, What Next?

 

The universe of social media is now seeking to understand Elon Musk’s audacious bid to acquire all the shares of Twitter at a price of $54.20—$44 billion in total—that was initially accepted by the Twitter board of directors on April 25. Many regulatory and business hurdles still lurk between this initial agreement and the completed purchase. And the low break-up fee of $1 billion is seen as a sign that the transaction may yet founder.

The uncertainty over the deal’s future has not stopped, however, the nonstop speculation of what it will mean for the future of social media. By and large, these assessments are divided along sharp political lines. Right-wing stalwarts like Ben Shapiro chortle that the new deal promises to usher in a new age of Internet freedom by reforming how Twitter conducts itself, which in turn will lead to greater transparency. Musk has called himself a free speech “absolutist” who believes that free speech “is the bedrock of a functional democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.” That optimism has not—to put it mildly—been shared by the political left, which has already outdone itself by denouncing him in an NBC news report—ironically relying on overheated tweets—as “a white nationalist-sympathizingtax-dodginganti-unionanti-free speech, ‘dystopian neocolonialist’ plutocrat tainted by his family’s background in apartheid South Africa, where Musk was born in 1971.”

There is little doubt that part of this fear is based on the simple view that Musk not only contributes to a greener environment, but—gasp­—“is a libertarian edgelord billionaire” who does not toe the progressive line, a climate activist told NBC. This pending takeover has prompted prominent progressive thinkers to forsake their Twitter accounts to protest what looks, at least to them, more like a political coup than a corporate takeover.

TechFreedom Internet policy counsel Corbin K. Barthold joins Brian Anderson to discuss Elon Musk’s successful bid for Twitter and its implications for free speech, tech regulation, and the Internet.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

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Everyone agrees Elon Musk is no dummy.  Like any sentient being, Elon knows Big Tech is much more supportive of left wing causes than right wing causes.  And he’s no left winger.  He also knows the left sees Twitter as “theirs.”  He obviously knows Twitter actively advances leftist causes.   And here are the two Really […]

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Congratulations to the nation’s richest and perhaps its most interesting man, Elon Musk, for his $44 billion purchase of the social media site, Twitter. Launched around 2008 (when I joined) along with Facebook and other “big tech” initiatives, it has transmogrified from a “town hall” to that church scene in the first Kingsman movie, where […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome what appears to be the Biden administration’s grudging admission that there won’t be a new Iran nuclear deal. They also hammer President Biden for reportedly getting ready to pander to his base through massive student loan forgiveness and explain who will really benefit. And they find the timing curious as Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey demands “algorithmic justice” after Elon Musk buys Twitter.

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Jeff Bezos recently touched off a mini firestorm when he suggested that free-speech enthusiast Elon Musk may be vulnerable to pressure from Beijing to put his own finger on the sacred algorithmic scales to protect Chinese Communist Party interests. Bezos later walked it back a bit, but he should have stood his ground. This is […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they mostly welcome Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and promises of speech protection and dissect why so many on the left are hysterical about this news. They also sigh as Biden climate envoy John Kerry declares war on natural gas and promises it will be dead within 10 years. And they get a kick out of Utah “independent” U.S. Senate candidate Evan McMullin’s empty vow to caucus with neither Republicans nor Democrats if he is elected this year.

 

Twitter, Elon Musk, and the Great Reset

 

Since Elon Musk made his (very generous) offer to buy Twitter — ostensibly on the basis that it aggressively bans conservative voices (Donald Trump, The Babylon Bee, LibsofTikTok,  Defiant L’s) and suppresses the free exchange of ideas — an interesting Confederacy has emerged in opposition.

  1. Unhinged Leftists
  2. The Left-Wing punditry, who have compared the prospect of free speech on Twitter to Nazi Germany and claimed it opposes a grave threat to freedom and democracy.
  3. Corporate media, which dramatically have declared that the prospect of free speech on Twitter will lead to “massive, life and globe-altering consequences.”
  4. Never-Trumpers employed by corporate media, with Max Boot declaring that social media isn’t censored enough, and David French frets that no longer censoring the Babylon Bee will make Twitter “more toxic” and agrees with Boot that Twitter should be censored more. Ironically, up until last week, both of these were firmly aligned with the “Twitter is a private corporation and can censor whoever it wants and if you don’t like it, start your own Twitter” corporatist, Bush-Republican philosophy.
  5. Gigantic Financial Enterprises including Vanguard, Black Rock, and Saudi Arabian Billionaire Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud are all moving to block Musk’s acquisition.
  6. The Biden Administration, which has sicced the hounds of the SEC and DOJ on Musk for … (checks notes) … filing the wrong form when he initially purchased his 9 percent share of Twitter.

What do all of these players have in common? Obviously, all of them hate Donald Trump worse than cancer. But the other common factor is all of these groups aligned against Elon Musk — against free speech on the internet, really — are invested in the Great Reset. Twitter, despite being embraced by only about 10% of the American population, has a disproportionate influence in business, media, and politics (which are increasingly the same thing). The global elites whose ultimate objective is to rule over a public that “owns nothing and is happy” feel a need to control this tool and its influence.

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“The Constitution requires that the president ‘shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,’ The Washington Examiner began its editorial this morning following one of the most forgettable “State of the Union” (SOTU) speeches in modern times. “From President Thomas Jefferson to President William Taft, this communication […]

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It began when the pastor at a lovely Christmas Eve church service in South Lake Tahoe, California, made a gentle joke about Bakersfield. He was citing how Christ’s influence on society includes the names of major California cities, such as San Francisco (“Saint Francis”) and Los Angeles (“City of Angels”). Insert comments here about the […]

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Elon Musk vs. Fake Indian Senator Lyin’ Lizzie Warren

 

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Avatar: Starship.

Senator Lyin’ Lizzie Warren and her comrades on the left hate that Elon Musk was named Time’s Man of the Year. In the midst of their socialist makeover of America, she went to the classic commie play, class envy. It did not go well. As Steven Hayward observed, “Musk tweets even better than Trump.”

By way of background, Elon Musk had already asked people on Twitter whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock. He did so a month ago in response to earlier American Marxist moves to tax unrealized (paper) gains in the value of stocks and other assets. How about paying taxes on the estimated gain in value of your home, or your retirement fund, before you cash out by selling? That is the idea Elon Musk attacked on behalf of all of us.

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Yes, says Elon Musk, an innovative genius who lives on the cutting edge of Artificial Intelligence. Especially in the kind of times we live in, where tech totalitarians are on the rise My opinion of him flipped more positive the day I saw the upright landing of two booster rockets, right out of a 1950s […]

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Join Jim and Greg for an all-crazy edition! They discuss additional evidence that Lin Wood cost Republicans the Senate, a New York Times columnist calling for a government “reality czar,” and Elon Musk working towards a brain chip to create “symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence.”

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“Elon Musk: ‘Give People Back Their Goddamn Freedom’: Tesla CEO rails against coronavirus-caused closure of auto maker’s lone U.S. assembly plant after reporting surprise first-quarter profit” By Tim Higgins in The Wall Street Journal on April 29, 2020. The company eked out a third consecutive quarterly profit, fueled by the sale of regulatory credits and […]

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Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket into space, carrying a ballast payload that… just for fun… consisted of a red Tesla Roadster with an empty spacesuit strapped in the front seat. Most people thought this was pretty cool. If you were one of them, Nathan Robinson at the The Guardian (a.k.a. Buzz Killington) […]

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Heaven Help Me, But I Sort of Love Elon Musk’s New Hyperloop Idea. (Well, at Least in Theory…)

 

The sci-fi buff and futurist in me just loves, loves, loves Elon Musk’s idea of building an underground hyperloop between Washington and New York. Heck, I would love the idea even if the vacuum tube connected LA and San Francisco or Houston and Dallas or Chicago and St. Louis. Even Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Now since I live in the greater Washington DC area, I find the idea even cooler. I would love to be able to zip to Manhattan in 30 minutes. Plus, I would imagine, real-estate prices within driving distance of the stops would get quite a boost. And when there are hyperloops from coast to coast, time to get started on a space elevator.

But, but, but … the technology does not yet exist. The regulatory path to approval does not yet exist. The business case does not yet exist. The commitment for public financing does not yet exist. If we were a country that could build a project like this, I imagine we would already have a continent-spanning, high-speed rail network. And about the cost. Probably north of $300 billion. It is hard to see public financing on that scale to fund better transportation for the Acela corridor. (Oh, and it seems likely there would be additional stops, such as in Wilmington and Newark.) Didn’t the POTUS get elected by promising to help the left-behind communities in the Rust Belt and Appalachia? Musk’s idea for a city on Mars might be more realistic. (The Economist offers some conceptual problems as well as some boring, non-Boring Company transportation ideas.)