Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

Twitter’s pending collapse is greatly exaggerated even after a large number of staff members quit, but the social media platform is not alone in the chaos plaguing Silicon Valley.  Facebook, Amazon, and others are all experiencing massive layoffs, crumbling stock prices, and shrinking or non-existent profits.  The progressive gravy train is rapidly coming to an… Continue reading Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

As President Biden requests another $37 billion, no one seems remotely interested in ensuring these funds are spent wisely, but the dirty little secret of our forever war strategy has always been that the war itself is just a pretext to turn on the government spigot with no accountability or oversight. Earlier this week, the… Continue reading Ukraine: We’re spending much more than the entire Russian military budget with no oversight, accountability, or end in sight

The mounting progressive meltdowns are likely get worse

Elon Musk takes over Twitter and a deranged homeless person invades House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home, injuring her husband.  On the surface, the two events do not seem to be related, but both have prompted connected waves of progressive outrage that are only likely to get worse after the result of the midterm… Continue reading The mounting progressive meltdowns are likely get worse

The Washington elite wants war with Russia for whatever mad reason

Russia’s war in Ukraine isn’t going as planned with fierce fighting in contested regions, but the expulsion of Russia from Ukraine no longer appears to be the objective in Washington, at least in some quarters.  Calls for a negotiated peace have been met with skepticism and scorn while Ukraine’s fast track application to NATO and… Continue reading The Washington elite wants war with Russia for whatever mad reason

Musk takes Twitter amid a media firestorm and the changing meanings of free speech

The Twitter board officially approves the sale to the world’s richest man, and the media responds by arguing openly for censorship, turning recently held positions regarding free speech upside down, claiming free speech is racist, and pretending there is transparency in the current social media content moderation regime. Sometimes, you think the media simply has… Continue reading Musk takes Twitter amid a media firestorm and the changing meanings of free speech

The NYC subway shooter, the media, and the strange failure of content moderation

The NYC subway shooter’s social media profile revealed hundreds of anti-racist and other disturbing rants, where he argued the races should be separated and asked “black Jesus” to kill all white people.  The media, however, thinks he’s anti-black, and no one has even bothered to ask how these inflammatory, racist posts made it past the… Continue reading The NYC subway shooter, the media, and the strange failure of content moderation

Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

It’s long past time to resign the great Greek philosopher’s vision of government to the ash heap of history, and yet the establishment continues to cling to something eerily close to his vision of a guardian class empowered with the noble lie.  Literally everything has changed since Plato’s day, but some things remain the same…… Continue reading Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

The world’s richest man and self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” is now the largest shareholder of the social media platform after haranguing it as a threat to democracy for limiting speech.  This isn’t a purely academic point after the platform blatantly interfered in the 2020 election.  In a more rational and fair world, Twitter would be… Continue reading Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

Joe Rogan, Whoopi Goldberg, the Canadian Truckers, and free speech

Jon Stewart and Bill Maher defend free speech for fellow celebrities, but I can’t help wondering if they are speaking up more in sympathy than in support of free speech as a universal principle when few if any are concerned about the truckers in Canada protesting cross-border vaccine mandates under the name Freedom Convoy 2022.… Continue reading Joe Rogan, Whoopi Goldberg, the Canadian Truckers, and free speech

Elon Musk: Time’s Person of the Year has become a relentless advocate for freedom, placing himself in the middle of our raging culture wars

It’s an irony of our times that a former South African, a creature of deep-blue, progressive Silicon Valley, and now the richest man in the world should become a divisive, cultural touchstone for the enduring importance of freedom.  Fighting lockdowns and vaccine mandates, Mr. Musk has earned the respect of conservatives and the ire of… Continue reading Elon Musk: Time’s Person of the Year has become a relentless advocate for freedom, placing himself in the middle of our raging culture wars