Elon Musk’s Statist Road to Free Speech

Source: The UnPopulist
by Andy Craig

“Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and Space X and owner of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, styles himself as one of society’s great champions of free speech. He has explicitly framed X, his rebrand of Twitter, as a singular haven for the free flow of ideas. A self-professed ‘free speech absolutist,’ Musk has a rather grandiose view of his role in the battle between free speech and censorship …. Genuine defense of free expression is a noble, worthwhile endeavor — which makes it all the more unfortunate that Musk, like many self-styled free speech crusaders, is anything but a friend of the right to speak freely. … In court and elsewhere, Musk advocates censorship by the state, sometimes putting his effectively unlimited resources into undermining core legal protections for free expression.” (06/27/24)