“Charlie, what should I do?”
It’s a question I get asked a lot, in one form or another. People are upset and worried about the decline of America and want to know how they can hold back the decay, or help carry America back to greatness. But they feel overwhelmed and dispirited by the scale of the problem
I make a lot of recommendations: Get out and actually engage with local politics at the school board and city council. Volunteer for candidates and volunteer on their behalf. Be an engaged citizen and not just a passive consumer of TV news and talk radio.
But these days, I’m giving another piece of advice: Become a paying subscriber to X, Elon Musk’s rebranded version of the old Twitter.
I’m not normally one to hawk a product, unless it’s an ad on my radio show. And it definitely feels weird to suggest giving money to one of the world’s richest men, who isn’t even publicly a conservative.
But I really believe it. A year ago, I predicted that Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter might be the most momentous financial transaction since the Louisiana Purchase, and events have been bearing that prediction out. Almost overnight, Musk turned out the hundreds of censors and woke scolds who ran Twitter, and reinvented it as a true free speech venue. He unbanned thousands of people silenced for their views. He gave a haven and a platform for Tucker Carlson after he was so unceremoniously booted from Fox News.
And ever since Musk’s check cleared, it’s as though a tidal shift has arrived in American politics. In my lifetime, the trend has been for the GOP to, over time, lose pretty much every “culture war” issue, and it looked like the push to normalize transgenderism would just be the latest such defeat. Not anymore. The latest polling shows that Americans are more likely to oppose transgender ideology, and to think that there are only two genders, than they were two years ago. I am firmly convinced that the ability to tell the whole truth about transgenderism on Twitter is a key reason for this breakthrough.
Before Musk’s purchase, every conservative boycott effort had been an embarrassing failure. This year, conservative backlash against Bud Light and Targets has caused serious financial harm to the targeted companies, and put the fear of God into hundreds of other companies.
And now, in just the last few days, we have Democrat megadonor Bill Ackman’s stunning denunciation of Harvard University, not just for tolerating anti-Semitism, but for its long history of anti-white and anti-Asian discrimination. While the immediate cause of Ackman’s shift in views is Hamas’s horrific attack out of Gaza two months ago, I firmly believe the path was paved by a year of authentic, freewheeling discussion on Twitter, where it is finally acceptable to publicly dissent from left-wing orthodoxy on the major issues of the day.
But the best proof of all for why Musk’s platform matters is the maniacal drive by the left to crush it. For a year, the left and its censorship organs like the ADL have done everything their power to either starve X of ads, or else to force Musk to submit to a new censorship regime in return for their return. Musk, heroically, has refused to give in, in the bluntest possible terms.
But even the world’s richest man can run X at a loss forever. If the company is losing billions of dollars, he will eventually be forced to sell it, or go bankrupt, or surrender to his enemies.
And that’s where we come in. There are three premium subscription levels at X, ranging from $3 to $16 per month.
Do you care about the future of this country and its constitutional liberties? Do you want America to be a free republic and not a dystopian global free trade zone? Then consider drinking one less Starbucks a month, and using it to buy an X subscription.
Is it because it offers an exceptional service? Honestly, I don’t even know. That’s besides the point. The chief service of Twitter is that it exists, allowing information and ideas to flow uncensored, uncontrolled, and unconstrained. Is Musk right on everything? Not at all. Doesn’t matter. This fight is bigger than any one billionaire.
Should you have to pay for a constitutional right? Of course not. But should you be willing to pay in order to protect those rights? Absolutely.