Discomforting— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 28, 2022
We hear a lot about “authoritarianism” and “fascism” these days from the people who can always be found cheering on the Deep State as it subverts the president, the “intelligence community” as it uses the “journalists” to recycle state propaganda, who want to crush free speech, who support increased government surveillance, who are warmongers who support a trillion dollar imperial defense budget, who are over defending civil liberties, who want to disarm the public, etc.
The world has been turned upside down and inside out by left-libertarian woke progressives. Things which used to be a normal and accepted part of Liberalism 1.0 as recently as two decades ago like controlled immigration, national borders and law enforcement are now rejected as “fascism.” The gender binary, patriarchy and nationalism, which were strongly associated with Victorian era liberalism, have been identified as sources of “authoritarian” repression. Meanwhile, Liberalism 3.0 cheers on the construction of a totalitarian surveillance state to identify and crush “disinformation” because free speech is the handmaiden of “authoritarianism.” We’re not free to air our political grievances in the online public square, but we are free to consume hardcore pornography or the worst drugs in lots of places.