Elon Musk has declared that he is a Republican, and will devote his energies to helping that party attain its goals.
This is “Republican 2.0”, mind you. Republican 1.0 would not recognize it.
The Republican 1.0 platform when the party got underway in 1857, was the original “Black Lives Matter” platform: anti-slavery. It also squelched religious extremism, calling for an end to polygamy in the Mormon settlements. And it was for government economic intervention — as far as that went in the 1850s — asking for federal help in building a transcontinental railway.
The last Republican President in that 1.0 tradition was Dwight Eisenhower, who favored a 90% tax rate for the very rich, and stern guard-rails around the military-industrial complex.
By the time the Republicans had emerged from the tumblers of history in Reagan’s era, all this was twisted backwards.
Reagan did his best to push Black Lives back into the bottle. He reduced the taxes on the rich. And he invited Australian publisher Rupert Murdoch to build America’s first propaganda factory, as part of his ‘public perception’ strategy to win support for American interference in Latin America.
Murdoch moved to America after Reagan promised to repeal the Fairness Doctrine, which required media to respect the need for balanced reporting. Reagan regarded it as an anachronism.
The morality of Murdoch’s media empires serves perhaps as a model for Elon Musk’s desire to take over Twitter. In the UK Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid illegally tapped the phones of hundreds of unsuspecting victims, including a Royal. UK lawmakers ruled that Murdoch was “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”.
Which explains everything you need to know about Fox News.
BTW, in other parts of the world, like Canada, Fox can’t say it is a “news” company. It is an entertainment company. If you think that’s entertaining.
A fast review of Republican 2.0 positions today:
- No gun control; let the kids die.