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Elon, you have much to learn about free speech

By Kevin D. Williamson

17 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

In an open letter to Elon Musk, Kevin D. Williamson takes the Twitter owner to task over his decision to block some posts ahead of Turkey's presidential election. The letter appeared in The Dispatch.

Hey, Elon. Big fan, albeit one of those who believed (and still believes) that your talents are a lot better suited to building cool cars and rockets and stuff than running Twitter, that great open sewer of contemporary public life. I’m not looking for a job—the last time I went to work for a jumped-up media dilettante enthroned atop a vast heap of Silicon Valley money, it went poorly—but, buddy, you need a tutor. 

If you’re going to be in the free-speech business, then you need to learn a little bit about free speech. You’re not in South Africa anymore—hell, you’re not in Canada anymore. 

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