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Elon Musk's Disturbing Antisemitism

One of the most important causes of division, war and violence in the world is nationalist sentiment. NATIONALISM is simply another form of EXTREMISM.


Mouloud Benzadi

In other words, neither oppression nor exploitation as such is ever the main cause for resentment; wealth without visible function is much more intolerable because nobody can understand why it should be tolerated. Antisemitism reached its climax when Jews had similarly lost their public functions and their influence, and were left with nothing but their wealth.


Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Throughout history, when people have sought to justify anti-Semitism, they have done so by recourse to the highest source of authority available within the culture. In the Middle Ages, it was religion. In post-Enlightenment Europe it was science. Today it is human rights. It is why Israel—the only fully functioning democracy in the Middle East with a free press and independent judiciary—is regularly accused of the five crimes against human rights: racism, apartheid, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and attempted genocide. This is the blood libel of our time.


Jonathan Sacks

Hitler felt that his countrymen were looking for a man who spoke to their anger, understood their fears, and sought their participation in a stirring and righteous cause. He was delighted, not dismayed, by the outrage his speeches generated abroad. He believed that his followers wanted to see him challenged, because they yearned to hear him express contempt for those who thought they could silence him. The image of a brave man standing up against powerful foes is immensely appealing. In this way, Hitler could make even his persecution of the defenseless seem like self-defense.


Madeleine K. Albright, Fascism: A Warning

Introduction

Elon Musk's Disturbing Antisemitism

Elon Musk’s Disturbing Antisemitism places him in the same category as Henry Ford as an antisemite with a platform from which to vent his antisemitism in the media. As the owner of X — the former Twitter, along with his desire to spread his venom, Musk deserves to be avoided. In my case, while thinking about purchasing an all-electric car, I will NEVER purchase a Tesla. One less customer may not be a big deal, but it makes me happy. Furthermore, since X has turned into a vehicle for white supremacists and other haters, I will not subscribe.

Elon Musk’s recent endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory has sent shockwaves through media and tech communities. This alarming incident demands a thorough examination and a united condemnation of antisemitism.

Musk’s Troubling Endorsement

On November 15, Musk took to his platform, X, to declare an antisemitic conspiracy theory as the “actual truth.” This blatant endorsement raises serious concerns about Musk’s alignment with extremist views, necessitating a critical examination of his influence.

Elon Musk’s Disturbing Antisemitism: Connecting the Dots From Shooter to Musk

The conspiracy theory espoused by Musk closely mirrors the ideology that motivated the 2018 Tree of Life shooter in Pittsburgh. As we delve into the connections, Musk’s platform, X, emerges as a troubling space amplifying extremist narratives. The question arises: How did Musk’s platform become a breeding ground for such views?

Musk’s Disturbing Platform Policies

While purportedly under the leadership of CEO Linda Yaccarino, X has failed to effectively curb posts endorsing hate speech. Musk’s decision to reinstate known antisemites on the platform is coupled with his direct engagement with them. This underscores a troubling disregard for responsible platform management. This demands scrutiny and accountability.

Elon Musk’s Disturbing Antisemitism: The Fox News Influence

A significant influence in the mainstreaming of the antisemitic replacement theory is Fox News, spearheaded by Lachlan Murdoch. The endorsement of the theory by Tucker Carlson in 2021 marked a turning point. Providing over 400 episodes dedicated to pushing this divisive narrative in so-called mainstream media. The connection between mainstream media influence and tech industry leaders like Musk is becoming increasingly apparent.

Carlson and Musk: A Troubling Connection

The alliance between Tucker Carlson and Elon Musk is deeply concerning. Carlson, now effectively working for Musk, solidifies the replacement theory as a core element in GOP politics. The intertwining of media influence with influential tech figures underscores the need for a collective response to counter the spread of divisive ideologies.

Elon Musk’s Disturbing AntisemitismThe Urgent Call for Accountability

As Musk’s influence grows, so does the responsibility for the consequences of his platform’s content. There is an urgent need for accountability. Not only for Musk but for all tech industry leaders who wield significant influence must be held accountable.

A Reckoning with Platform Policies

The lax approach to enforcing safety policies on X, as revealed by CEO Linda Yaccarino, raises serious questions about the platform’s commitment to user safety. A thorough reassessment and reinforcement of content moderation policies are imperative to prevent the spread of harmful ideologies.

Media Matters’ Revelations and the Role of Fox News

Media Matters’ exposé sheds light on Musk’s active engagement with extremist content on his platform. The unsettling connection between Fox News and Musk emphasizes the need for media outlets to reflect on the ethical implications of the narratives they amplify.

Elon Musk’s Disturbing Antisemitism: Unveiling the Power Dynamics

Musk’s collaboration with figures such as Tucker Carlson underscores the power dynamics at play. The intertwining of influential tech leaders with media personalities necessitates a broader societal conversation about the responsibility that comes with such power.

A United Front Against Hate

In the face of rising antisemitism, a united front against hate is non-negotiable. Communities, consumers, and conscientious leaders must join forces to unequivocally condemn Musk’s actions and demand tangible steps toward fostering a digital environment free from discrimination.

Conclusion

Elon Musk’s endorsement of antisemitism serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences when influential figures align with extremist views. It is incumbent upon us, as a society, to demand accountability, reevaluate our support for platforms that harbor such ideologies, and collectively work towards fostering an inclusive digital landscape that rejects hate in all its forms. Only through unity and conscientious action can we hope to counter the troubling trends that threaten the fabric of our shared humanity.

Musk’s endorsement of antisemitism demands more than just condemnation; it calls for a reassessment of support for Musk’s ventures, such as purchasing Teslas or subscribing to X. As responsible citizens, we must actively combat the propagation of hate and extremist ideologies. It is time for media and tech industries to prioritize inclusivity, understanding, and unity, working together to build a more tolerant and respectful digital landscape.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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