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Elon Musk and the roar of the crowd

It was after yet another fake poll that Elon Musk announced on Twitter this Thursday afternoon that the platform’s suspended accounts would be reinstated starting next week. He used the same process to decide whether Donald Trump should start tweeting again. Yes, most of the participants in this first survey answered. And finally, the Twitter boss on both occasions: “Vox populi, vox Dei. »

In modern times, this Latin adage is used to defend a variety of causes, from direct democracy to the cult of the polls and free speech. However, it didn’t originally have the meaning given to it by Musk, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t accurately describe the “all-go-all hell” that the Tesla boss said he wanted to avoid after confirming his Twitter takeover. for 44 billion dollars.

We owe the formula to Alcuin, an Anglo-Saxon scholar and adviser to Charlemagne, who in the 8th century urged the sovereign to strengthen the regime of the royal theocracy. Therefore, in a message in Latin, he wrote to the king of the Franks: “People should be led in accordance with divine laws, and not subject to them.” […]. We must not listen to those who say, “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” because the cries of the crowd are always close to madness. »

We agree: a royal theocracy is not an acceptable solution these days. But the other absolutism that Musk seems to want to impose on Twitter, freedom of expression where everything is allowed, is really hell.

(AP photo)

Categories: USA, France, History, MediaTags: Alcuin, Charlemagne, Elon Musk

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