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Elon Musk Makes a 43 Billion Dollar Stand For Free Speech

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2022
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One of the most consequential actions in defense of free speech happened today, courtesy of libertarian entrepreneur Elon Musk.

After becoming Twitter’s biggest shareholder, being invited to the board, and then declining that position, Musk has now launched an effort to buy Twitter outright at 43 billion dollars, coming in at $54.20 per share. Mr. Musk is the richest man on the planet, with a reported worth of $300 billion.

On Tuesday, the iconoclast businessman sent a letter to the Twitter board chair making clear his intention and the reasoning behind it:

“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.

However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.

As a result, I am offering to buy 100 percent of Twitter for $54.20 per share in cash, a 54 percent premium over the day before I began investing in Twitter and a 38 percent premium over the day before my investment was publicly announced. My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder.

Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it.”

This situation can be easily mistaken as an important sidebar Big Tech story involving interesting personalities. But it is something much more than that. For too many years, Americans have observed one of the most promising developments in technology turn into just another woke and partisan platform. It’s been shameful to watch social media in general and Twitter in the particular shift from being an American townhall to just another woke outlet bent on censoring conservatives and pushing leftist and Democratic narratives.

The bigger problem was when it became apparent there was a deliberate transformation changing Twitter from a communication platform into a partisan weapon. The banning of politicians, stories, media outlets, and so many others because they challenged the establishment orthodoxy was worthy of a third-world banana republic. It was the manifestation of Group Think and what happens when a group of people believe they have sole possession of the truth.

The left and their water carriers the Democratic Party understand the American public does not want what they’re selling, but they don’t care. They have determined the only way they can gain and maintain power is by lying to voters about their goals and intentions. And at the very least, making their marginal extremism appear mainstream by snuffing out all genuine debate and other ideas.

At first, they took control of legacy media. But that wasn’t enough when social media platforms appeared, and those, too, were co-opted into partisan machines with the goal of removing and silencing conservative voices by defaming them as ‘hate groups’ or liars or general menaces.

Controlling the narrative is what drives the left and they were well on their way to completely consuming social communication writ large.

The reaction to Musk’s buyout offer confirms its importance and how intensely the establishment has relied on controlling the public political and cultural narratives through Big Tech.

Web magazine Axios posted panicked coverage titled, “Elon Musk Goes Into Full Goblin Mode,” with their tweet revealing the degree of their meltdown: “The world’s richest man — someone who used to be compared to Marvel’s Iron Man — is increasingly behaving like a movie supervillain, commanding seemingly unlimited resources with which to finance his mischief-making.”

So ending censorship is “mischief-making” according to Axios. Good to know.

Max Boot, a Never-Trumper Washington Post columnist, still nursing bitterness and loathing, tweeted this at the news: “I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media, anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.”

Why so frightened of some people not being canceled, banned, and censored? America was founded on freedom and the First Amendment yet the left seems to believe it can only survive if we crush said freedom and the First Amendment. That’s sort of like explaining we had to destroy a village in order to save it.

The manic pearl-clutching by those enjoying having their boot on the necks of irritating Americans who dare to not conform or take a knee to whatever the current ‘thing’ is are indeed quite shocked by all of this. Today is finally a day when the machine may realize that we’ve all, including Elon Musk, have had enough.

Elon Musk‘s willingness to step into this arena due in large part to the censorship of the American people by a few ‘elites’ is an inspiring moment for all of us. It is a reminder that the American spirit and commitment to freedom still lives, despite so many desperate attempts by a societal bureaucracy to crush it.

No wonder the left is obsessed with annihilating “billionaires.” It must be very frustrating for those extremists to have to deal with someone who has enough money to get things done and who is immune to their threats of destruction.

There is no guarantee that Musk’s bid to buy Twitter outright will succeed. While the board has a fiduciary duty to consider the offer as serious and generous, various large shareholders are invested in what Twitter has been doing and would likely loathe losing it. They will fight. But so will Musk. This is the free speech equivalent of the moon shot. Even with the unknowns and the risk, it must be done because not doing it is even more dangerous. 

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Andrew H Kropp
Andrew H Kropp
2 years ago

Thank you Mr Musk!!!!

Deb
Deb
2 years ago

I think the left who enjoys being the bully and canceling those they dislike or dislike what others say are afraid or will happen to them. They don’t understand that Musk wants everyone to have a say as it should be.
Bullys are just afraid people who want to be adored Twitter is where they can have that. I doubt they will take Musk up on the offer and that will show their true intentions were just to be bullys after all.

Slymet
Slymet
2 years ago

I don’t use Twitter because I consider it to be a cesspool. If Elon Musk can win in his bid, more power to him. If can turn around that cesspool, that would be great! Right now it’s just a tool of the Left, and I want no part of it.

Carol
Carol
2 years ago

Yes thank you Mr. Musk. Bullies are bad for country

Sarah S.
Sarah S.
2 years ago

Would love to see Mr. Musk start his own social media offering to counter Twitter (if his offer is refused) and certainly would love to see a shift in popularity to this new challenger!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Twitter reforms Id like to see:
o Fire Sr mgmnt
o New guidelines
o Rebrand, remarket
o layoff admin staff
o Move, sell Hq
o Hire Twitter users for positions
o audit books
o No more censorship
o Block Dorsey for time hes blocked Pres Trump

Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
2 years ago

Great to see a wealthy man truly giving back to America. That used to be thought of as a normal practice of the wealthy. Look into the foundations the late 19th/early 20th century wealthy families endowed….that honorable practice waned during the twentieth century on into the beginning of the 21st….Now Mr. Musk has decided to return to valiant efforts on the behalf of the citizenry. Reintroducing free speech. What a great thing for the man to do for us all.

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

Ever the skeptic, I applaud Mr. Musk in his concept of preservation of free speech…..but the same difficulties remain in the perspective of one man over all others. Will Mr. Musk be the judge and jury as to what goes and what stays? How will he manage the prospect of every voice being heard, even if what they say is sinister, divisive, even traitorous? We already see how platforms like Twitter can be the scourge of freedom……will Mr. Musk be better or worse. Again, I applaud his desired end, but what will that end eventually come to be?

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

communist Washington will never let it happen as this man is a true Conservative and believes in FREE SPEACH. Good luck, I hope you can win

Linn
Linn
2 years ago

He is The Man!! Now , will they be able to pass on the $$$?

Craig McNeil
Craig McNeil
2 years ago

Bravo, Mr Musk!!!

Morbious
Morbious
2 years ago

Tammy Bruce rocks. She’s a welcome addition here. Even if musk fails, he’s taken a stick to a den of vipers. Theyre slithering, hissing and rattling. In that case, he would be the guy to set up the infrastructure to challenge the poisonous cesspool known as twitter.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
2 years ago

Elon Musk is actually giving us fresh hope. Our media needs to be tamed. If twitter could become more friendly to the different voices and ideas of different types of people, there would be a brighter chance that the USA will once again be more of a Constitutional Republic. The tyrants of the left would have to start working harder at compromising with those folks who still believe that patriotism and secure borders are a fundamental need to preserving our more traditional form of government.

Richard H Minetti
Richard H Minetti
2 years ago

We will back Elon musk whatever he does!!!

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

Let the Leftist tears flow. Thank you, Mr. Elon Musk. Freedom loves you!!!

Marla
Marla
2 years ago

We need hero’s. It seems that Elon Musk is one of them!

Joseph Michael Loglisci
Joseph Michael Loglisci
2 years ago

????????????Elon Musk!????????????

Judafj
Judafj
2 years ago

I hope it happens.

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
2 years ago

It is my hope that Elon Musk is successful in his efforts to buy Twitter, and that his intention is to open it to all comments without censorship.

Gilbert
Gilbert
2 years ago

I’m very happy with Mr Musk and truly hope that he is able to close the deal. I obviously also hope that he will make positive changes to that platform. The conservatives need a big win like this ????????????????????

Sharon
Sharon
2 years ago

It’s so good to finally hear Mr Musk is with all of us who want our freedom saved. This country is in a rat hole! We have the worse president, Vice President, Speaker of the House ( of course we know Obama is running everything) does that tell you anything? I hope the deal goes through but I also think if not, he will start his own media Cheers to Mr. Musk

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

Friend or Foe for free speech…We will see…hopefully friend..If so we welcome you and ourFears of censoring gone… Bonding and healing can Began again without the hateSpread by fake media influencedPolitical agendas that are Determined to crush free will andChoice of our God given rightsTo purse life..Liberty and thePursuit of happiness…God..country and constitution Must prevail

Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

Excellent article!
It’s time to stand up for Free Speech and put your money where your heart is !
Thankyou!

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Elon Musk is playing so far ahead of all the talking heads in the media and government trying to sandbag his attempted takeover of Twitter. The left in this country sees this correctly as a frontal assault on one of the main propaganda outlets for the Democrat Party and other hardcore leftists in this country and they immediately came out swinging on all fronts.

Literally within minutes of Musk making the announcement this morning, the MSM, the Biden administration via vague pronouncements from the SEC and various Democrat mouthpieces came out with a litany of ludicrous and absurd reasons why Elon Musk either can’t be somehow finance the deal (of course he can!) or should be stopped, via government action, from being able to acquire the company. The Democrat Party, the MSM and the federal government are all for free speech, as long as they are the sole deciders and controllers of what speech is allowed to exist and can control who is allowed to speak.

Jaxx
Jaxx
2 years ago

Musk has made a more than fair offer. If the leftists on the board refuse, a man worth $300 billion could easily turn into corporate raider mode and drive the stock down to penny stock. Then the major stakeholders, y’all know that includes career politicians will lose their collective asses. I hope Musk succeeds and the 1st thing he does is reactivate President Trump’s account. Then sit back and watch the leftists heads explode.
Take over Facebook next Mr. Musk.

legally present
legally present
2 years ago

Google the board members, many from other countries that came here, became rich, now want to censor what they signed onto when they became citizens, not all are even in America.

DAVID M FOSSUM
DAVID M FOSSUM
2 years ago

First Twitter. Next: Facebook.

Steven S.
Steven S.
2 years ago

I really hope he succeeds. The only problem I can see is the leftists do not want honest debate. They want us all to comply with their agenda

gin
gin
2 years ago

Hurrah for Elon Musk!!!!!!!

Sandra M.
Sandra M.
2 years ago

God Bless Elton Musk! We need his help in more ways then one to Keep America A Free Nation!❤????????

Charlotte Nolan
Charlotte Nolan
2 years ago

Thank you Elon Musk. If you are able to turn Twitter into Freedom of Speech Platform and re instate former President Trump. I will join Twitter.

USN Retired
USN Retired
2 years ago

Elon Musk is my new Hero! More power to him trying to do what is right. I wish I could help support him more than just a post here and there. Maybe I’ll buy a Tesla . . .

Jeanette
Jeanette
2 years ago

I sure hope he can pull this off…

Richard Cordell
Richard Cordell
2 years ago

The liberals on Twitter are going flippin’ nuts. Guess I’ll spend some time there tonight, with my conservative friends, just to pull some chains, if nothing else.

Leah Remson
Leah Remson
2 years ago

I’m really liking this guy more and more. Hope he succeeds for America.

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Elon Musk is giving me HOPE for the future! He is wonderful. Free speech; new concept.

Deb
Deb
2 years ago

This is great news! I have been off social media for the past three years, I left Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because they were silencing the conservative voice. If Elon Musk changes Twitter, I may finally return.

A. Grace
A. Grace
2 years ago

If Elon Musk purchases Twitter, I will rejoin Twitter and leave Facebook.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

I think the DemocRat Commies are referring him as “Muskrat”…. meaning he is Sn’t buying in to confining twitter posts to DemocRat propaganda. Seems more and more like anything the DemocRats favor, I’m against. Does seem like more and more people are less influenced by the pride of Delunaware, Joe Hidin’ Biden (& family).

Neal Christensen
Neal Christensen
2 years ago

Does the left include all of their billionaires in their desire to eliminate billionaires? And just how would they “eliminate” the chosen billionaires?

R Bart
R Bart
2 years ago

The elites think they should be able to tell everyone what they can and cannot do because they are the rich elites and because they are they obviously know all there is to know about running the world. Therefore, we should just bow before them and say “yes sir” and “yes madam” and just scurry about doing exactly what they say. No questions allowed. Sound a lot like the mid 1800s, don’t you think? Maybe history does repeat itself.

Lori
Lori
2 years ago

I am so excited about this! This is his best move to date. Electric cars seem wonderful, but you still have to mine lithium and it limits travel and is about as dangerous as gasoline. Wind mills need coal, from what I have heard, as well as the fact they are ugly and kill birds and freeze up in storms as evidenced by the Texas storm. Solar energy fries birds and insects in the sky. Why can’t we get the device I have heard about for years that will give all free energy? Yes, free speech is important and I am amazed at the brilliance of Elon Musk. I would probably have the same reaction meeting him as I would meeting beings that seeded this world. Speechless. Perhaps this is the catalyst to bring other brilliant minds to share ideas and make this world a paradise

M.Bares
M.Bares
2 years ago

Since Tesla has been around, selling electric cars to all that can afford. Making the Green energy enthusiasts giddy, Elon Musk is their hero. Ahhhh , clean energy at last ! ( I won’t get into natural gas, that’s a story for another day ) Fast forward, and now Elon Musk is a Nazi , he’s been called the Hitler of all Hitlers. Obviously there’s some Americans that can’t stand free speech . Our cherished 1st Amendment. I’ve read that some of you don’t trust Elon Musk . My opinion what Elon Musk is proposing to do is Immense ! Time to join Twitter, and do some tweeting .

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
2 years ago

Let the liberal meltdowns begin!!!!!!! This will be fun to watch!!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!

SteveL
SteveL
2 years ago

There may be one problem with this. I don’t know how true it is, if at all, but I read somewhere that he wants to also convert it to a subscription based service which, if true, would not bode well for freedom of speech for those who either cannot afford to pay for it or are unwilling to do so.

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

It won’t go through !!! They left won’t let it!!!!

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

Mister “eliminate gas engines” is now an ogre ? How strange.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

I am one of those super-delighted individuals who uses neither twitter or facebook and I miss
nothing. How delightful it is to spend hours of every day living life instead of being addicted
to the little box. The world is not in the box. Its outside of it. I have an iphone and a laptop and
am considering throwing both of them in the garbage. They give me nothing except 2 monthly
bills.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

You need to sit down. I send written letters by using a $.45 stamp. Take that.

Roger W Lee
Roger W Lee
2 years ago

I left social media & don’t miss it! Twitter, Insta & FB can all go Google themselves! New platforms will arise that will out shine, outperform & speak for all people regardless of their platforms! That’s what true “free” speech was intended for! God Bless America! ????????

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