Why did the FBI become a social media monitoring firm and election interference outfit?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is supposed to be the world’s premiere law enforcement organization, but at least 80 agents were devoted to monitoring the silly jokes of ordinary citizens on social media, pressuring companies into removing protected speech, and ultimately into suppressing one of the most important stories of the 2020 campaign. The Federal… Continue reading Why did the FBI become a social media monitoring firm and election interference outfit?

Twitter: Imagine if Elon Musk blocked The Washington Post and deplatformed President Joe Biden

The ongoing Twitter files is of little use to the mainstream media except to attack Elon Musk, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, and Michael Shellenberger as conservative conspiracy theorists, but everyone knows the reaction would be quite different if Mr. Musk was the one doing the banning and deplatforming. Sometimes, the best way to truly understand… Continue reading Twitter: Imagine if Elon Musk blocked The Washington Post and deplatformed President Joe Biden

The Twitter Files: So-called journalists ignore the obvious threat to their own industry and the First Amendment

The recent anti-Musk rants studiously avoid the blatant censorship of The New York Post under false pretenses in the middle of an election, which should be the centerpiece of any reasoned concerns about free speech and the free exchange of ideas.  Instead, propagandists vent their outrage at the messenger. The New York Post is the… Continue reading The Twitter Files: So-called journalists ignore the obvious threat to their own industry and the First Amendment

Twitter, free speech, and the gates of hell

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has prompted a range of extreme, borderline hysterical reactions.  According to progressives, the gates of hell have been opened and people are going to die because Mr. Musk believes free speech is important on social media platforms and someone might encounter an objectionable tweet as a result.  What are they… Continue reading Twitter, free speech, and the gates of hell

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

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

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?