A comment by Memoree Joelle
Celebrities and the liberal media immediately condemned Elon Musk’s stance on free speech. Which is odd, considering that just a decade ago the left was seen as a supporter of the First Amendment, and quite a few were taking down their Twitter accounts in protest. Meanwhile, conservatives and those who care about free speech have instantly proclaimed the eccentric billionaire a superhero. He went from being “a cool, rich guy who appreciates free-market capitalism” to a savior of free speech almost overnight. And maybe he will be too. But let’s take a moment to look at the bigger picture. Twitter isn’t Musk’s only toy, and perhaps we’re putting too much of a burden on this man.
Understandably, without Donald Trump in the White House, average middle-class Americans yearn for a hero to disrupt the left-wing elite’s empire. Someone who is influential, powerful, courageous, and who actually takes substantial action is a godsend to them. And, on the surface at least, Elon Musk seems poised to fill that role. He is straight forward, appears sincere, and so far has been able to deal with backlash from his enemies. However, Musk is first and foremost a businessman who loves to build and create. He was already writing computer codes when most of us were still playing with Lego. It remains unclear how he will enjoy playing politics in the long term, and social media is inevitably political. While this isn’t entirely new to the veteran Twitter fighter, politics isn’t Elon Musk’s stomping ground.
The tech billionaire has already backtracked on his “absolutist” comments on free speech, explaining that what he really meant was free speech that obeys the law. All right, but his tweet about it made Musk seem a little less secure on his two feet. And he must be very stable. He will need the proverbial fighting skills of Mike Tyson to deal with what comes next under the Biden regime. After all, the Democrats have made it clear that they want to control all information to the Orwellian extreme. Is Elon Musk prepared for this? And even if he is, he really doesn’t know much about Twitter. Although it is a private company, private companies are subject to government regulations. As the founder of several multi-billion dollar companies, he knows this better than anyone and is no stranger to working with, and even asking for, the US government’s help.
Although Musk is known as a supporter of a form of government that operates as non-interventionally as possible, he has on more than one occasion accepted subsidies from the US government for several of his companies. Additionally, SpaceX currently has two deals with the Pentagon to launch Falcon 9 rockets in the coming year.
Because of the immense societal changes that the world’s richest man could bring to humanity — right down to the possibility of colonizing Mars — Musk carries some of the weight of the world on his shoulders. On Twitter, he feels the pressure to choose a political side. He took to his newly acquired social platform just days ago to tweet that he doesn’t like either the far left or the far right. Because of me. But more and more Americans are realizing that major government control over our lives isn’t necessarily a partisan issue, it’s a matter of liberty and human rights. Which brings us to Tesla and Neuralink.
In case you haven’t noticed, many Democrats and some Republicans are working hard to make ALL cars electric, which could potentially open the door to increased surveillance, just like in China. Once an entire population is digitized, it’s an easy next step. I think it’s smart to know where Elon Musk stands on this and what role his Tesla would play. That being said, it’s also worth noting that the self-driving aspect of Tesla has another significant impact on humanity. It places us in an increasing dependence on machines and challenges our abilities to come to a decision in a given moment with which we have previously been navigating traffic. This aspect alone deserves more attention than it gets. We cannot simply become permanently idle passengers. When we do that, we become turkeys in our travels, free to be shot by top-down government control.
Then there are neural link, which Musk founded with the noble goal of helping quadriplegics communicate. But when it comes to integrating man and machine in the way Neuralink aspires — and especially when it goes beyond a purely medical purpose, which Musk has shown intent to do — we need to stop and ask some questions. Specifically, we need to talk about our physical sovereignty and privacy. Neuralink’s success, like any technology, could be a very good thing, but one that has the potential to be used for the wrong purpose and ultimately abused. Without getting into conspiracy speculation, it’s reasonable to see that artificial intelligence (AI) could very well create a surveillance state on steroids. This matter is certainly on the radar of Elon Musk, who has repeatedly cited AI as one of the greatest existential threats facing humanity.
For better or for worse – and I hope for the better – Musk will have a significant impact on the world. He already has. And right now, I’m relieved that he has the upper hand in the information war — his power to shape our online dialogue is extraordinary. So he uses his influence on several fronts that will determine at least some aspects of our future together. Hopefully he’s aware that many people won’t be thrilled about having to drive electric cars, especially if they’re controlled by a government computer.
And it’s not far-fetched to imagine that most of us aren’t too keen on the idea of integrating our brains with machines. Transhumanism might be a fun idea for people who spend their days in basements playing video games, but for most people the thought of merging those thoughts with AI is a tough ride. I’d ask Musk not to think about what Neuralink could do, but rather what it’s allowed to do. We should all ask ourselves this question.
I tend to take Elon Musk at face value and believe he will use his power to act in good faith on behalf of those around him. But instead of making him a super-powered white knight who came to save free speech and then the world, I suggest we give the man some space to be human, so we put him in a human conversation can entangle.
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Memoree Joelle is a writer and conservative living in Los Angeles.
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