Elon Musk’s Free Speech Fallacy and the Liver King Fraud
Some have no clue, while others have no morality
Elon Musk will run for President. You heard it here first. He’s already asking his audience about pardons.
I’ve always thought Elon sends massive Donald Trump vibes. Like Trump, Musk doesn’t have a strong grasp on American civics. Goes to show that even brilliant engineers and innovators need a better rudimentary understanding of core humanities topics like political science, history, and philosophy.
So a private company influenced an election. They suppressed speech. They played political favoritism.
Assuming all of that is true, can someone remind Musk that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is specific to state actors? Not private corporations.
We should also remind Musk that corporations have had significant influence on American elections ever since the Supreme Court ruled that political donations were effectively speech that couldn’t be curtailed. See Citizens United.
Was Twitter right to do this? Probably not. I don’t think they should have suppressed the story.
With that said, they are not the government. They are not a state actor. They can choose however they want to moderate content in line with applicable laws and regulations.
Elon Musk has purposefully or at best unwittingly attempted to conflate speech moderated by the government and speech moderated by private actors like Twitter. It’s disingenuous.
Liver King Fraud
Another disingenuous person is Liver King. As revealed this week, the ancestral living influencer admitted to using loads of steroids. Should anyone be surprised after taking one look at this dude’s body?
For those late to the party, this guy promoted a natural ancestral lifestyle where he subsisted almost entirely on liver, testicles, meat, and other caveman cuisines. He always claimed to be clean. No steroids.
Until this past week when the fraud was revealed.
Liver King had misrepresented his natural life by injecting himself with steroids to help sell a false narrative to millions of awestruck and impressionable men.
If you stake your entire life and career on a lie, then from my perspective, you deserve to lose everything. I hope that’s what happens to Liver King.
He instilled false hope in people hoping to improve their daily lives. From getting more fit to discovering the optimal protein rich diets.
But Liver King never cared about his audience. He just wanted them to buy the supplements and other goods he hawked. He wanted them to stay glued to his content so his business could reel in advertising money. The guy was reportedly making over $100 million per year.
Will people finally disown this fraud?
It goes to show that we all need to be our own critical editor when consuming any type of content. You should always be asking yourself whether something makes sense or if the person’s ulterior motives might be biasing them in some major way.
Question everything. But not to the point where it may blind you from the truth.
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