Elon Musk, who has always been a strong supporter of free speech and conservative principles, has been in the news for getting involved in politics. He got a lot of praise for using his Twitter account to support Ron DeSantis, a strong Republican running for president. But this move also makes people worry about how dangerous billionaires are in the United States.
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— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) May 25, 2023
Musk is the closest thing we have to a philosopher king, which is a member of the ruling class who uses theory to use power to make people as happy as possible. These days, there aren't many thinkers in America, but Musk is like one. He is a giant among oligarchs. He has more power, money, and access to almost all of the halls of American power than any other investor.
“Free speech is meaningless unless you allow people you don’t like to say things you don’t like”
Bravo, @elonmusk https://t.co/5FwdWjj6VG via @YouTube
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 12, 2023
Musk has a picture of society in which people with this kind of knowledge and power use them for the good of everyone. He knows what free speech is all about and thinks, "Free speech doesn't mean anything unless you let people you don't like say things you don't like. Otherwise, it doesn't matter." And once you lose freedom of speech, you can't get it back." He also knows how the Left uses "misinformation" and "hate speech" as weapons to shut down rivals.
Musk has shown that he is the hero America needs by running Twitter for the past few months. He knows that a far-left uprising is a threat to the American way of life and is ready to use all of his power to protect it. That's why it was hard not to cheer when Musk said he would help DeSantis start his campaign.
But there is a big difference between Musk supporting his political ideas as a private citizen and working directly for DeSantis's campaign as a campaign surrogate. Even if Musk has good goals, America needs to ask itself if it is a good idea to let someone as powerful as him choose our elected leaders in the open.
Plato warned that modern American oligarchs like Musk and other stars of Wall Street or Silicon Valley are just as likely to be bribed as the elite of ancient times. Most of the time, oligarchs care most about keeping their own power and wealth. They can use the will of the people to keep things the same for a while, but eventually, the abuses become too obvious to ignore. That's why oligarchies are so unstable: finally, the common people will get smart and rise up.
Even though Musk and DeSantis seem to be doing the right thing, the fact that a popular leader like DeSantis needs help and security from oligarchs shows that America is on the slippery slope to becoming a banana republic. In fact, it could mean that we are already there. America must stay on guard against oligarchic rule and make sure that the views of the people are heard.