Imagine a social media platform where people can say whatever the hell it is they want to say; where the only limitation is whether or not what you post is legal or illegal. It’s a pretty simple concept – threats, calls for violence, child pornography, etc., are banned, everything else is fair game. Want to make a joke about Rachel Levine being “Man of the Year,” go for it. That social media platform would be…well, what the current crop claim to be, just without the fascistic obsession with making sure “marginalized” whatever aren’t ever upset. It’d be like what adulthood used to be.
One man might be making moves to bring that reality back to reality – Elon Musk.
I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I’m going to in this case. Back in February I wrote the following:
"Rather than retreat, a better course of action would be for all the capital being shoveled into these “alternative” platforms being pooled together to take over an existing one.
Lord knows there are very wealthy conservative or libertarian donors out there, or just pro-freedom billionaires with a ton of money (looking at you, Elon Musk) who could do this themselves or partnered with others. Why not?
Twitter would be the obvious choice to target for takeover. Facebook is worth way too much, plus it doesn’t really drive the news conversation the way Twitter does. Instagram is owned by Facebook and is more about narcissism than anything else. TikTok is owned by China and they have no incentive to sell, they’re too busy mining personal information from their idiot users and their phones. And YouTube is owned by Google, which has more money than God and no reason to sell.
If someone, or a group of people, went after Twitter, it’d be getable."
This makes sense – someone like Elon Musk, who hasn’t really been censored himself, has seen case after case of the left-wing mob silencing any and all opposition. He’s also been the target of the left-wing mob more than most.
I’ll admit, I don’t have the history of a big Elon Musk fan, having been critical of the subsidies his industry and companies have been the beneficiary of. But what he’s built, regardless of where financial help came from, is pretty remarkable.
And while Jeff Bezos is out gallivanting around the world with his former mistress, there really isn’t anyone in the “billionaire who can buy a company on principle” class who seems to give a damn about free speech or general civil rights like Musk does. You think Bill Gates is going to take time away from being a liberated sexual deviant hell-bent on seeding the clouds with ash to reflect sunlight or force everyone to eat bugs to care about conservatives being silenced online? (Seriously, we need to have a conversation about what that man is up to very soon, because it’s crazy.)
Elon Musk may not be the billionaire you want, but he might just be the billionaire we need right now. Heads have to roll at Twitter, the biggest shareholder can make that happen. The culture needs to change at Twitter – the sense of entitlement of those in management positions has reached epic proportions. When you can suspend the Babylon Bee because you don’t like a joke, not because you don’t get it but because you don’t think it should have been told, you need a course correction. Sometimes that course correction has to involved a box with all your stuff from your office in it as you walk to your car.
Honestly, it couldn’t happen to more deserving people.
So, thank you, Elon Musk. I doubt you read my column or were influenced by my tweets over the last couple of months, but I’m glad you’re doing it. Even if you end up not being able to make the changes Twitter so desperately needs to live up to its alleged mission (seriously, get in touch, I have some ideas), you’ve at least put the fear of God in people who desperately need it. You put the fear of God in people how spend their days at a keyboard thinking they are God passing judgement on everyone else. Whatever the end result, it’s off to a good start.
Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.