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

The Billionaire Space Race: If a really rich dude goes to space, can the rest of us hear them scream?

In a scene out of a Kurt Vonnegut short story with a vulgar title, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and soon Elon Musk head to space for a few minutes, prompting endless memes, fact checks, controversy, criticism, and praise, but what does it really mean in the grand scheme of things? There are few things… Continue reading The Billionaire Space Race: If a really rich dude goes to space, can the rest of us hear them scream?

The megarich refuse to pay their fair share of taxes, sometimes these progressive frauds don’t pay anything at all

A new report from ProPublica reveals the outrageous rates of the 25 wealthiest people in the United States. The irony is irresistible: The very same people that demand the wealthy pay more in taxes and promote progressive policies are, in fact, paying barely any taxes. Two questions: Why should we listen to them and what can we… Continue reading The megarich refuse to pay their fair share of taxes, sometimes these progressive frauds don’t pay anything at all