The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Elon -- Part 4

For many on the Left, Elon Musk has become persona non grata (my earlier comments here, here and here) because he insists that free speech trumps cancel culture, censorship, and social media shadow banning—all effective tools that have been used to silence opposing views. After all, if the Left doesn't have to justify or defend positions like "defunding the police" or suggesting that any allegation, no matter how farfetched or unsubstantiated must be believed because it originated with a woman, it wins the communication wars and maintains its grasp on power.

There is one other weapon that the left uses against its most persistent critics—character assassination. So right on cue, news stories are now suggesting the Musk is guilty of ... wait for it ... sexual harassment!!!

Glen Reynolds comments:

Why does the left hate Elon Musk?

It’s simple, really: Because he can’t be controlled, and because he doesn’t tolerate BS.

The left can’t stand either. It insists on control, to the point of systematically eliminating or co-opting anything that might serve as an independent power center ... And it insists on not merely spreading BS, but on requiring people to repeat and endorse its BS as a sign of submission. [Think: Schools absolutely, positively needed to be closed for over one year because of COVID, else "you just don't care about life."]

Musk is thus a twin threat. As the sometime richest man in the world, he has a lot of power, and it’s not under anyone else’s control. And he’s a nerd, with a nerd’s low tolerance for bull. Where more socially “polished” people would go out of their way to show fealty to leftist tropes popular among the Gentry Class regardless of their absurdity, Musk is happy to point out that the emperor has no clothes. 

That's unacceptable because it forces his critics to defend their positions—logically and with copious facts. And in a debate with Musk, it's very unlikely that one, or ten, or 1,000 of his haters could do that effectively.