I thought he'd bought the platform because he believed in free speech and debate; now I'm not so sure
There is no savior.
Free speech is up to us.
All I can say is educate those you know WHY it is so important.
Do not fear speaking your mind. This is the fight of our generation.
Get after it.
It's still early yet. Running Twitter and making it profitable is a complicated thing. There's no manual. But there's no doubt the platform is in better hands. Musk has thoroughly cleaned house; all the little censorious wannabe Bolsheviks have already left or are on their way out.
So glad Twitter doesn’t matter to me and the people that surround me. My world, no matter how much people try to convince me, does not need Twitter. It simply brings out the horrible in too many people. It allows people to say the negative things they would never say out loud. There are many things I would like to say to someone, but I know it would not be wise, caring, loving, or right so I don’t - the things that are proper to say in a helpful way get said. The people I know practice fellowship and community - community does not exist in some machine. Even this substack world is not a community - and I am about a month away from leaving it as well as it grows into something else.
We'll see wha t you say in Part 2 but he has worried me a little. He is going to be attacked and investigated and he's seen what these people have done to Donald Trump. Like or hate Trump, he hasn't deserved what these people have done to him and they have a lot of power. Musk is no dummie. So it's a sad situation. I'm afraid we're in a very bad way for people who believe in the rights of the individual. Not to mention, we're China now and barbarians. Even Montana wouldn't protect a child born alive in an abortion. Stuff you wouldn't do to a dog. Abortion should be banned after 15 weeks except for the life of the mother, physical life. I was never an organized religious person but this place feels bereft of any moral decency whatsoever. Let alone freedom. And I think what's going t happen is it's going to socialism/fascism set up against what they are going to frame is the "Christian nationalists" so it will become a holy war--or they'll try to make it that. GOP will go after Hispanics and blacks that are religious, I imagine. What a terrible place to live now. And I'm in Michigan where it couldn't be bleaker. People from here have moved out of Michigan and New York and gone t Florida where they can have a life. And us with a family home here since 1850. So sad.
Basically he got rich like so many grifters do…using taxpayer money to build an empire. There really ain’t much special in that. Even Pelosi did it.
I found your Tour de France analogy on point. Lance Armstrong was once “hors categorie” and the envy and idol of tens of millions. He too, was a fraud and a grifter.
He had also aggressively chased would-be whistleblowers at Tesla, in one case forcing one to repay the company $400,000 for “leaking confidential information to a reporter.”
Are you insinuating that corporations are not entitled to protect their intellectual property? That’s an interesting take on “free speech” which pretty much every company in the world would disagree with.
Looking forward to part II. I did read that Twitter hasn’t turned a profit since 2019 and Musk said bankruptcy was on the table.
I had not heard that the Twitter purchase might have been a way to discreetly unload his about-to-expire Tesla options. Thanks for the report Alex.
Be patient! "Rome was not built in a day!" Two weeks is hardly enough time for a new owner to turn over all of the rocks of a new company. The fact that Pretender-in-Chief Biden may have Musk investigated is a positive sign that the abusers of Twitter (a.k.a., Democrats) are very worried that they have lost control over a major social media platform. Plus, Musk has already tweeted some things about elections & Democrats that never would have been allowed before the takeover. I think it will end up just fine.
You are a reporter and not a businessman....errr....person (LOL). Please give Elon time. He needs time to make sure that he takes the correct actions to both succeed in promoting free speech and not go bankrupt. It takes time (possibly a long time) to understand the motives and philosophies of those that work at Twitter. Humans are devious. The clues to know who to support and who to “let go” only come slowly….especially when the loss of high paying jobs are on the line. If I was Elon, I would not want to make the mistake of “canning” the wrong people. You prevent that by learning, through time, who the most narcissistic and ideological employees/managers are. But since smart ideologs are cunning, it takes time.
Give Musk some time to figure it out. Twitter has to be a viable business. He is a master at implementing efficiency in the business model. That is a big part of the challenge he is dealing with today... and probably the higher-order priority that making massive changes to the rules and design of the platform. But that will also happen.
Unfortunately a number of people reading this newsletter just voted for the crap politicians and not those that Musk could have relied on the help back the changes we would like to see. Ironically, many of those voting for the crap where brainwashed by their Twitter feed to do so.
So Musk is going to have to do this himself... swimming against the tide of idiot young people, single females, and low-T men with the unfortunate ability to vote.
Just another hit peace...disappointed in you Alex. There is lot to criticize him but looks like you went on same hit peace as all of his other critics.
Musk is heavily dependent on government for his wealth (subsidies and payments for rocket launches). The Feds have already made it clear that he is in their gunsights. Twitter is not a toy - it is war.
"In the hour of victory, fasten your helmet strap." - Japanese proverb
Twitter has greatly improved. My feed has more funny, interesting people, a lot fewer shrieking cluster B wokescolds, and one-tenth the stick-up-the-ass "fact checkers" and no "misinformation" warnings. Everybody's now getting fact-checked--even the White House. Impersonators have gotten the heave-ho. All with half the employees gone.
I like the new, improved Twitter.
Beware of Geeks bearing Grift. Trust only your own instincts. Look a gift horse's feed bill. Do unto others, only do it first. All those axioms are necessary while dealing with the public or politicians, and perhaps lawyers and medics.
Doesn't 'beyond category' in a cycle race refer to a very, very, very steep mountain?
Alex, you need to watch this. Srsly.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/p2Myle58ozLn/ history on Musk.