Elon Musk is really shaking things up at Twitter. In a win for free speech, Twitter will no longer enforce its COVID misinformation policy which had been used to silence people who questioned the government’s COVID vaccine and treatment narratives. It was also announced this week Twitter will reinstate 62,000 large accounts and release its files on the suppression of free speech that occurred under former management. With respect to the latter, Musk tweeted Monday, “The public deserves to know what really happened.”
The Left is freaking out. One leftist at Harvard even said Musk is “opening the gates of hell…. People can come back and engage in doxing, targeted harassment, vicious bullying, calls for violence, celebration of violence. I can’t even begin to state how dangerous this will be.” Yah, yah, we’ve heard it all before – ‘your speech is violence and my violence is speech.’ Some people just can’t stand for other people to be free. The First Amendment has a lot of enemies at this point, I oppose them all. Especially the ones who go on TV and use their free speech rights to trash free speech and tell people like me to shut up. Go fly a kite!
The Biden administration doesn’t like free speech, either. It labels ordinary parents who speak up at school board meetings ‘domestic terrorists’. Dozens of Biden administration officials engaged in a gigantic censorship enterprise with Big Tech firms, including Twitter. The Missouri Attorney General sued to stop it and the first depositions, including Anthony Fauci’s, have gotten underway.
But federal agencies are still trying to stifle free speech in other ways. The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million in grants in the last couple of years to projects seeking to clamp down on the dissemination of information that runs counter to phony government narratives on COVID and elections. The Education Department wants a rule that would punish pro-life speech as ‘discrimination’.
The Biden administration clearly won’t stop with the censorship. So it should make you more than a little nervous the White House says it is “monitoring” what Elon Musk is doing at Twitter. “We’re all keeping a close eye on this,” the White House press secretary said. “Platforms must be held accountable for the harms that they cause,” she said later. There they go with the ‘harms’, again. The only harm that’s being done is exposing phony government narratives for what they are.
Enemies of free expression outside the Biden administration are busy, as well. California passed a law targeting doctors who don’t toe the government line on COVID treatments. Amazon pulled a book on Islamic terrorism. A California community college won’t allow students to post anticommunist flyers on bulletin boards.
I continue to speak out against all such efforts and to champion free speech. It’s nice to have a new ally, a free speech “absolutist” like Elon Musk, join the fight.
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