Tucker: Elon Musk seems to be our last hope

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    Good evening and welcome to “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Has there been—look back—a single 24-hour period since Joe Biden became the president when you haven’t been horrified by something you saw on the news? Probably not. The cascade of absurdities has been relentless.  

    It’s like nothing any American has ever seen and today we’re sad to say it was especially depressing. Inflation hit another record high and that’s according to the crooked government statistics our leaders have devised to hide inflation, but it turns out there’s no hiding the price of meat and gas. The value of the dollar has dropped off a cliff, even as the value of the Russian ruble is rising. So, ponder that for a moment and chuckle bitterly to yourself.  

    And then, in New York City this morning, 16 people were shot on the subway in Brooklyn by some lunatic wearing a hoodie and yet somehow none of the many surveillance cameras in the subway station happened to be working at the time, so the guy got away. We do know he was not a White supremacist, so we are betting the media are not going to dwell on this. There’s nothing to gain from covering this particular atrocity, just another mass shooting in a big city. It’s also sad, but mayhem and economic decline are not for once what we are opening the show with tonight. No, we have genuinely good news. 

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    Elon Musk walks from the the justice center in Wilmington, Del. on July 12, 2021. 

    Elon Musk walks from the the justice center in Wilmington, Del. on July 12, 2021.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    And here it is. It looks possible that Elon Musk will seize control of Twitter and end censorship on that platform. Now, why should you care about that? It’s like a tech story, right? Who cares about social media? Here’s why you should care: because if that were to happen, we could see a return of free speech to the United States and nothing should give you more hope than that possibility. A free Twitter would mean an open debate about ideas on the single most important incubator of elite opinion in the world. It would mean a return to free and fair elections in the United States, a system in which both sides are allowed to make their case to the public and then the public can decide. It’s called democracy. And above all, a free Twitter would mean a direct challenge to the people in charge of our country’s institutions, many of whom are incompetent.  

    For the first time in years, we’ll be able to talk honestly about our leaders. We will be able to have the kind of conversations that make democracy possible. We can’t have those conversations now and there’s a reason for it. The point of censorship is never to shield the weak, no matter what Barack Obama may tell you. The point of censorship, always and everywhere, is to protect entrenched power. 

    That’s why it’s the powerful who impose censorship for their own benefit and that’s exactly why illegitimate regimes fight so hard to control information through censorship. That’s their main concern. Why are they so focused on that? That’s why. Somehow, the right does not seem to understand this; the left definitely understands it. Watch this MSNBC anchor appear to realize in real time what it would mean if the Democratic Party’s donor base ever lost control of an influential social media platform.  

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    MSNBC VIDEO: And the bigger question on everyone’s mind now: Will Musk’s newfound Twitter power mean Trump will be back on the platform? And on that possibly nightmare inducing note, I wish you a good night.  

    “It would be a nightmare,” she tells us, if a democratically-elected president were allowed to speak in public, and in some ways she’s right. Shattering its monopoly on speech could break the Democratic Party, even an MSNBC anchor understands that. Why are they so determined to keep you from talking? Because they know your talking is the threat to their power. Allowing the free exchange of ideas in America’s public square is far more important than any single election result and if you don’t believe it, consider what we’ve just seen over the past two years.  

    You can elect Donald Trump if you want. Go ahead and do it, but the Democratic Party can still silence Donald Trump at will. So, what does that tell you? Who’s more powerful: voters, or the social media companies that control what voters know? It’s not even close. Republicans in Congress pretend not to understand this, maybe they really are that stupid. Possible. It doesn’t matter because either way, they will never fix it, ever. They’ve had a chance. They passed.  

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    Jack Dorsey creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter and co-founder & CEO of Square on stage at the Bitcoin 2021 Convention, a crypto-currency conference held at the Mana Convention Center in Wynwood on June 04, 2021 in Miami, Florida. 

    Jack Dorsey creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter and co-founder & CEO of Square on stage at the Bitcoin 2021 Convention, a crypto-currency conference held at the Mana Convention Center in Wynwood on June 04, 2021 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Even Jack Dorsey, who created Twitter, could not end censorship on Twitter and so in the end, Jack Dorsey fled his own company when it became a Frankenstein monster that made America more hierarchical rather than less. A company that serves the powerful at the expense of everyone else. That was the opposite of the intended effect. So, ghe just left. He…

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