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April 26, 2022

The Morning Report - 4/26/22

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Good morning, kids. Tuesday and of course the big news is Elon Musk's successful purchase of Leftist social media organ Twitter. Welcome news, at least on the surface. One can argue about what Twitter's actual reach is and its effectiveness as a means of mass communication and influence. But considering how it was used since the emergence of Trump in 2015 to embargo not only his message (it was the primary means by which he was able to go around the propaganda/smear machine) but anything else that ran counter to the approved Leftist narrative and meme on every issue under the sun, when seen in that light, the wresting of control of a major Leftist house organ is a stunning victory. The complete unhinged reaction from all quarters of the Left, divorced from reality as they are, only confirms it.

There has been one salutary effect of the weeks-long efforts of Elon Musk to gain control of Twitter, and the debate over the freedom of speech that ensued: now the Left’s foremost individuals and institutions are out in the open about their hatred for the freedom of speech. The authoritarian heart of the Left has been exposed, as has their war against the foundational principle of any free society: the right to express oneself even if one’s opinions don’t coincide with those of the powerful and/or moneyed elites. Barack and Hillary hate the freedom of speech and want you to think it’s a dangerous toy, too dangerous for you to play with. And now three pillars of the unctuous and hypocritical Leftist “human rights” establishment, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), have come out against it as well. . .

. . . Deborah Brown, whom Reuters describes as a “digital rights researcher and advocate” at Human Rights Watch, asserted: “Regardless of who owns Twitter, the company has human rights responsibilities to respect the rights of people around the world who rely on the platform. Changes to its policies, features, and algorithms, big and small, can have disproportionate and sometimes devastating impacts, including offline violence. Freedom of expression is not an absolute right, which is why Twitter needs to invest in efforts to keep its most vulnerable users safe on the platform.”

See, it’s all about preventing violence. As the Left relentlessly insists, conservative speech not only leads to violence, but in itself amounts to violence. If Twitter allows freedom of speech, people are going to get hurt. This argument would have a great deal more force if Human Rights Watch had ever called out Antifa or Black Lives Matter violence, or if the “white supremacists” that Biden and Merrick Garland and other Leftists keep insisting are the biggest terror threat the nation faces today actually showed themselves, or if HRW had ever shown concern about Leftist violence against those who dissent from its agenda. But HRW is not remotely consistent; it has never shown any concern for the violence that might arise from Leftist speech. What’s more, the warning that speech can lead to violence ignores the fact that even the most ardent free speech advocate is not in favor of allowing the free propagation of actual calls for violence or illegal activity. Evans is just employing a tested tool of the Left: the claim that speech simply must be restricted, because if it isn’t, people are going to get hurt. This remains spectacularly unproven.

As the estimable Robert Spencer notes above, when three of the worst anti-American organizations, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose words and deeds over the course of decades completely belie their names come out against you, it's a badge of honor and an indicator that you're one of the good guys. But that said, to me Elon Musk is still a big question mark. While I have tremendous admiration for SpaceX, I have never been a fan of Tesla. That's not so much because I'm against electric vehicles, per se, but because Musk eagerly took billions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government to manufacture and market it. The same federal government that is now hell bent on destroying oil, coal and natural gas. And all the while, Musk flaunts an image of how his company is a wildly profitable, shining example of free market entrepreneurialism.

The other thing that has irked me, despite drawing the ire of such crooked Commie frauds as Elizabeth "Lieawatha" Warren, is his latent (or perhaps not so latent) flirtation with globalism and the Great Reset crowd. In fact, he does believe in the global warming/climate change fraud. Back in 2017 (ancient history, right?) he Tweeted:

"No need to rely on scientists for global warming -- just use a thermometer"

Well, did he really believe it, does he still believe it or was it just part of his carny act to get billions in government lucre while conning the climate cultists? Either way, it's not really a good look, IMHO. By the way, we're still waiting for his hyperloops, Solar City, and Tesla semi-trucks among other things. And yet, and yet. . .

Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey, the whackadoo freak who, when he was emperor of Twitter banned anyone and everyone who dared Tweet anything counter to leftist propaganda, from President Trump at the most crucial moment of his presidency in the wake of the stolen 2020 election to doctors and researchers who dared question the official line about therapeutics over vaccines and the origin of the General Tso's Sicken, etc. etc., emerged from his hidey-hole in full support of Musk:

“I love Twitter. Twitter is the closest thing we have to a global consciousness,” Dorsey said. “The idea and service is all that matters to me, and I will do whatever it takes to protect both. Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model. Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step.”

“In principle, I don’t believe anyone should own or run Twitter. It wants to be a public good at a protocol level, not a company. Solving for the problem of it being a company however, Elon is the singular solution I trust. I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness,” he continued. “Elon’s goal of creating a platform that is “maximally trusted and broadly inclusive” is the right one. This is also @paraga’s goal, and why I chose him. Thank you both for getting the company out of an impossible situation. This is the right path…I believe it with all my heart.”

Dorsey is referring to Parag Agarwal, the Twitter CEO who took over for him late last year, who you might recall had this to say upon taking the reins:

Incoming Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who will shortly replace Jack Dorsey as head of the far-left social media company, uncritically repeated a quote in 2010 suggesting that there should be no need to “distinguish between white people and racists.”

“If they are not gonna make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists,” tweeted Agrawal, in quotes. It is unclear who he was quoting.

While anti-white racism has become common in many U.S. institutions, including its top corporations, Agrawal made his comment in 2010 — years before the Black Lives Matter movement would arrive to push American corporations even further towards the left on issues of race. . .

. . . In an interview with the MIT Technology Review last year, while he was CTO of the company, Agrawal said free speech was no longer a focus for the company.

“Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation,” said Agrawal.

“The kinds of things that we do about this is, focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed.”

Real charmer, this polliwog. Look, if all of this is some sort of 11-dimension, Henry Gondorff long con, it's a damn good one. That said, with views like that, Agarwal has got to be shit-canned immediately, along with the rest of Twitter's "Trust and Safety Dept." right behind him. That will be the tell. But assuming this isn't a con, Musk might be the richest man on the planet and have billions in fuck-you money to play with, but he's going up against the Kalorama Klown Komintern that can and will use the entire federal government to step on you like a bug.

As Churchill once said, “If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” I'm not claiming Elon Musk is the devil, but I sure know who and what represents the other guy.

So that said, I welcome the "Under New Management" shingle hanging in the Twitter doorway. At least for now.

The End of America: 100 Days That Shook the World available here.


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