Elon Musk’s prospective acquisition of Twitter has exposed just how out of touch the left is with America and its values.
In the latest sign of their hostility to America’s core principles, a writer for Time magazine published a vacuous screed dismissing free speech as an “obsession” of white men, Fox News reported.
“White male obsession”
Using “free speech” in scare quotes to mock one of America’s founding principles, author Charlotte Alter claimed that free speech as envisioned by the Founders did not provide permission to spread so-called “disinformation” — or her idea of disinformation, anyway.
“The right to say what you want without being imprisoned is not the same as the right to broadcast disinformation to millions of people on a corporate platform,” she wrote.
Citing numerous so-called “experts” on the topic, Alter went on to deride an “obsession” with free speech among the “mostly white, male members of the tech elite” who are nostalgic for the days before “a rapidly diversifying workforce changed the culture at many of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley.”
“Why does Musk care so much about this? Why would a guy who has pushed the boundaries of electric-vehicle manufacturing and plumbed the limits of commercial space flight care about who can say what on Twitter?” she wrote.
Alter mused that Musk would have been better off pouring $44 billion of his fortune into solving world hunger or America’s homelessness crisis.
The censorship regime
Alter added that men in an entrepreneurial culture that “places a premium on achieving the impossible” have come to view “the liberal consensus on acceptable speech as yet another boundary to break.” Well, maybe. So what?
The “liberal consensus on acceptable speech” is oppressive, Marxist, anti-American garbage. If the Founding Fathers wanted to leave a big caveat in the Bill of Rights to accommodate dull, perpetually aggrieved ideologues concerned with “hate speech,” they would have done so.
As the left often does, Alter is projecting. It is the left that is “obsessed” with policing speech, in the name of combating a so-called epidemic of “disinformation” that they never bother to define.
Of course, Alter is far from the first liberal pundit to pour contempt on free speech as a “white male” concern.
The stunning banality of the left’s herd mentality is an indictment of their entire regime of censorship and intimidation, and the presumptuous class of mediocre “elites” it exists to prop up.