Money Speaks

Well, that didn’t take long.

Elon Musk buys Twitter and shortly thereafter posts something conspiratorial about the attack on Paul Pelosi. He posted it, then deleted it. But damage done—it was out there. Just testing the waters?

Musk is apparently a free speech absolutist, meaning anything goes? I’m not sure the framers of the Constitution had anything goes in mind when they penned the First Amendment. Don’t we know that, out of a sense of decency and restraint, if nothing else, there are limits to what we can say? Hate speech is OK then? Libel is just fine?

Most of us have a sense for when there’s potential for crossing a line. It’s probably wise to keep an eye on someone who has $44 billion to spend on purchasing a public speech platform.

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