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Flexible Absolutism

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ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): We’re losing ad revenue left and right! Someone do something!

ALEX: That isn’t a tech support issue.

ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): I don’t want to hear excuses! I want to hear solutions!

MONK: Stop spreading Nazi propaganda on your social media platform?

ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): No can do. I’m a free speech absolutist.

ALEX: Also, while you’re at it you should probably stop hanging around Nazis as well.

ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): Did you just hear me say “free speech absolutist?” FREE SPEECH ABSOLUTIST.

ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): Why don’t people understand this? Just because free speech may be uncomfortable is not an excuse to silence it! Free speech is a fundamental internet value and I will not hear of any suggestion to subvert it!

VIKTOR SCHRECK: Choose a prominent critic of your site, sue them to annihilation, then tack their desiccated portfolio to your front door as a warning for any who dare cross you in the future.

ELON MUSK (carrying FAN CLUB): I’m listening.

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notStanley 4 December 2023 at 8:01 PM

Whatever “absolutist” you want. “They” are definitely free to speak. That does not obligate anyone to supply a platform :}

Drew 5 December 2023 at 12:56 PM

I just noticed the subtitles. “Fan club.” Big groan.

C. B. Wright 6 December 2023 at 2:03 AM Reply

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