Elon Musk: ‘The woke mind virus is dangerous because its anti-meritocratic and results in the suppression of free speech’

Elon Musk went on Bill Maher’s HBO show last night and issued a warning to America about the dangers of the ‘woke mind virus.’ Bill Maher said: “I think a lot of people thought when you bought Twitter that this is kind of an outlier, like what doesn’t fit with these other things you’re doing? 

“I never thought that because I think you’re dealing with big civilizational issues and problems. And I was right on your page. I think Twitter is one of them. I mean, you have talked about this ‘woke mind virus’ in really apocalyptic terms. 

“You should explain why you don’t think it’s hyperbole to say things like it’s ‘pushing civilization towards suicide. First of all, what is the world mind virus? And if we don’t deal with this, nothing else can get done.”

Musk said: “So I think we need to be very cautious about anything that is anti-meritocratic and anything that results in the suppression of free speech.

“So, you know, those are two other aspects of the woke mind virus that I think are very dangerous is that it’s anti-meritocratic. You can’t question things. Even the questioning is bad. So, you know, another way…cancel culture.

“It’s bizarre that we’ve come to this point where- free speech used to be a left or a liberal value, and yet we see from the quote ‘left’ a desire to actually censor. 

“And that seems crazy.

“I mean, I think we should be extremely concerned about anything that undermines the First Amendment. There’s a reason for the First Amendment.

“People came from countries where they could not speak freely and where saying certain things would get thrown into prison.  

“And they were like, well, we don’t want that here. 

“And by the way, in many parts of the world, including part of what the people might think are relatively similar to the United States, the speech laws are draconian.

“I really can’t emphasize this enough. We must protect free speech. It’s only relevant when it’s someone you don’t like saying something you don’t like.

“For those who would advocate censorship, just remember at some point that will be turned on you.”