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Twitter: At least Musk has upset the left

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We asked two of TCW‘s top writers for their response to Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter? You can find Tom Penn’s view elsewhere on these pages.

I’M SURE you have been entertained by the total leftie meltdown on Twitter now that it has been bought by Elon Musk. Not since the election of The Donald were this many leftist tears being shed – we could swim in them. Deranged doesn’t begin to cover it. 

The New York Times for instance says: ‘Members of the far-right celebrated Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter and began testing the platform’s limits with tweets criticising the transgender community, doubting the effectiveness of masks, or claiming that the 2020 election results were fraudulent.’ 

See what they have done there? They have labelled the perfectly normal stances of questioning transgenderism, pointing out that masks are ineffective, and questioning the 2020 Presidential election results, as ‘far-right’. Who knew that the doctors pointing out that masks are not effective in stopping Covid are a bunch of fascists? 

Now, don’t get me wrong. Having Sheriff Musk in town is a huge improvement on what we had before, the Twitter that banned anyone who digressed from the extreme leftie narrative that dominated the space. Twitter banned everyone from the former President of the United States to doctors to satirical news sites. Now the libs have been owned, literally, by Musk. 

Musk is a self-described ‘free speech absolutist’ and has been vocal in his criticism of Twitter’s policies on moderating content, arguing that it needs to be a genuine forum for free speech.

‘Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,’ he said on announcing the deal.

I am not a free speech absolutist and I disagree with the conservative, free speech fundamentalist approach. In fact, ‘free speech’ used to be a left-wing value, not a right-wing one. The left has exploited free speech fundamentalism and won. For the last 40 years the leftists have exploited this free speech fundamentalism to push conservative cultural values out of the main stream and replace those values with their own evil value system. Now that they are top dog, they can’t get enough of censorship. 

You think I am exaggerating? If William Buckley came back from the dead and took one look at the culture – the content of TV, the newspapers and social media – he would declare that the conservatives have been well and truly trounced. Buckley would deem the culture unrecognisable and he’d be right. 

Sure, we still have our market economy, but that counts for very little with a tax burden the highest since the days of Buckley and when men are heading to the ladies’ bathrooms and swimming races and all the main institutions say, this is fabulous and something to be celebrated! If today’s human beings are going around saying ‘men can get pregnant’, we have a problem. 

What the lefties did – and it was quite a number – was claim to be the champions of free speech when the culture was broadly ruled by a conservative Christian coalition. This was back in the 50s/60s. So the left lied and said, all we want is an exchange of ideas and robust debate in the form of ‘free speech’. 

What we got was free speech fundamentalism and now our culture consists of Killing Eve (which I am told is just evil on a screen), endless amounts of porn (even images on mainstream TV today would be considered pornographic only two decades ago), ‘men can get periods’ nonsense, widespread abortion, a fair amount of divorce, and a lot of tax. The right got on to that free speech fundamentalist train, and look at the mess we are in. Once all of this was secured, suddenly the left were against free speech. 

Conservatives need to ditch this free speech fundamentalism and start promoting conservative values. That might require free speech one day or censorship the next. I don’t care which tool we use as long as we win. 

Here is my ideal plan: we win and the left lose. To do this, we promote our cultural values which are broadly conservative and Christian. There will be no more free speech fundamentalism but I will permit some dissent when the mood takes me. 

So, this is what I would ban on Twitter, and you can call it anti-free speech or content moderation or whatever you like. I just call it us winning and them losing. 

1)    Ban all accounts that promote baby killing. You got that right, all accounts that belong to organisations that kill babies in the womb will be banned. So that’s your Planned Parenthood, your BPAS, and all international organisations that kill babies. This is non-negotiable. 

2)    Ban all accounts that promote child abuse. So, this is all accounts that push transgenderism on kids, that push face masks on kids, that said closing the schools was a good idea. 

3)    All accounts that sexualise kids. If you want to have drag queens reading Goldilocks to children, you can pack your bags and take a hike. 

4)    Ban all accounts that lie about public health. So that’s your vaccine promoter. Anyone who pushed a vaccine on healthy 26-year-olds who may subsequently die from the not-so-rare blood clot is banned. 

5)    Gone too are the lockdown promoters and Big Pharma in general. And Big Sugar – trust me on this. 

6)    Ban all those who supported segregation and discrimination against those who chose not to take an experimental vaccine. In fact, that’s anyone who uses the term ‘anti-vaxxer’. 

7)    Ban Piers Morgan. Obviously. 

8)    Ban anyone who misuses the English language. So, anyone who thinks the pronoun ‘he’ can refer to a woman will have to go back to school. When they have done that we will consider unlocking their accounts on a case by case basis. 

9)    Polling company accounts. You know what you do. 

10) Tony Blair. See Piers Morgan. 

So, right after myself and Kathy successfully crowdfund for about $45 billion, we will get the Twitter we all deserve. Then we can rebuild Jerusalem.

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