Musk’s Bid To Save The World

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Musk’s Bid To Save The World-

Twitter shares are up 11%, as Elon Musk has made a major move to purchase 100% of the company. Musk recently posted an SEC filing on Twitter, which outlines his offer of $43 billion, in what looks to be a benevolent takeover of a hostile company.

In a letter to Bret Taylor, the chairman of the board of directors, Musk declared that he believes in Twitter’s “potential to be a platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.” And, telling of his intentions, he added, “I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form.”


Musk’s Bid To Save The World-

The real story — arguably — began in December, when Twitter founder Jack Dorsey turned over the reigns of CEO to Parag Agrawal. Commenting on the change in leadership, Musk posted a meme that compared the new CEO to Joseph Stalin.

More recently, on March 25, Musk posted a poll on Twitter. The poll read: “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” The result was 70.4% of respondents sending the message that it does not.



Days later, Musk acquired an equity stake of 9.2% in the company, making him Twitter’s largest shareholder — larger than its founder, Jack Dorsey.

There was a lot of debate about whether or not Musk would join Twitter’s board of directors. But Musk had a much bigger play in mind.

On April 10, Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal lamented in a tweet that Musk had turned down a seat on the company’s board of directors. In his statement, Agrawal makes a point to mention that Musk, as a board member, would have been legally obligated to “act in the best interests of the company and all our shareholders.” 


Twitter has become notorious for its one-sided censorship, allowance of nefarious activity and its anti-conservative activism. The company has become an organizational henchman for leftist politicians and bureaucrats. A place where, once, people from all over the world, holding a variety of opinions, interacted and debated has now become an echo chamber for neoliberal propaganda. It is, as it is currently constructed, antithetical to democracy and the principles on which this country was founded.

Fully aware of this, the company was extremely concerned about Musk’s move to bring open dialogue to the platform.

Agrawal later told employees at the company that there would be “distractions ahead.” The timing of the statement is clearly tied to his estimation of Musk’s intentions.



Known for his free speech advocacy, Musk may be doing something truly great. With a net worth of approximately $270 billion — making him the richest man in the world — he may not, as many assume, be looking simply to boost his income through this purchase. It’s very possible that Musk seeks to do something legitimately heroic, something that could make a real, tangible difference in the world.



The reaction from the left has been nothing short of what you’d expect. The idea that people may be able to express beliefs not approved by Big Tech oligarchs and the regime currently in charge of the government has drawn the usual tantrums from the usual pet blue check bots.

An enormous number of people get most of their news from social media. The left’s near — or total — control of legacy media is clear. But banning every person not in line with their beliefs would be tenuous on a platform like Twitter. They have, however, done their best, going so far as to lock the account of a sitting U.S. president.

Despite efforts to install barriers and mods between people trying to communicate with each other, there are still some willing to stand up to the Borg. And, as long as that’s the case, there is a chance that we can fix things. As Thomas Sowell put it, even a bullet shot directly at a target can be blown off course by a gust of wind. Nothing is certain. And Elon may be the gust of wind the world needs right now.

In the buildup to this major move, the SpaceX CEO had posted a string of tweets criticizing Twitter and its declining relevance.

His criticism wasn’t just posting for likes. Musk was doing market research. And he’s found Twitter’s restrictive and punitive operation to be in need of replacement. 



Twitter is the public square. Its digital nature doesn’t take away from that fact. And since the “it’s a private company” crowd is content to promote proxy censorship that obviously ignores the spirit of the First Amendment, someone with the power to stop the advance of the gatekeepers and their useful idiots is necessary.

Musk has an opportunity to return the thing our country needs most right now: free speech. If he does, he could, very literally, save the world.

Keep an eye on this story — he may need a hand.

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