Both neocons and progressives are fretting over Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter with an intention to reestablish free speech on the platform. Former congressman and presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul explains how the two are uniting against marginalized views like libertarianism. He writes at the Ron Paul Institute (abridged):
Any doubt that many progressives have abandoned their commitment to free speech was erased by the hysterical reaction to Elon Musk’s effort to purchase Twitter and return the company to its roots as a free speech zone.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich and “woke” neocon Max Boot fretted that Musk’s commitment to free speech threatens democracy.
Those confused by how free speech threatens democracy should remember that for neoconservatives and many progressives democracy means allowing the people to choose between two largely identical supporters of the welfare-warfare state. In this version of “democracy,” those whose views are outside the welfare-warfare mainstream — such as libertarians — are marginalized.
The drive to censor is driven by the woke mob and authoritarian establishment’s fear that their policies could not maintain majority support if forced to compete in a free market of ideas. This shows that even enemies of liberty sense that the days of the welfare-warfare state are numbered.
Dr. Ron Paul is a former member of Congress and Distinguished Counselor to the Mises Institute.
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