Human Events Daily Host Jack Posobiec broke down how Elon Musk's buying of 9.2 percent of Twitter stock was an act of Gen X rebellion. While Gen X was at one point famously apolitical and uninterested in politics, the rise of wokeness in succeeding generations, specifically among Millennials and Zoomers, requires Gen X action.
Posobiec's comments came just after it was announced that Musk would have a seat on Twitter's board of directors.
"All of these things are very interesting and for a lot of reasons, but one thing that I really want to draw people's attention to is the fact that Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Joe Rogan. What do all these people have in common? What's the common thread that unites all of them?
Posobiec continued: "They're all free thinkers, to an extent. But Elon Musk taking a charge lead, taking a leadership role at Twitter isn't about Elon Musk directly. It's also about Gen X," said Posobiec on Tuesday's episode of Human Events Daily.
"This is about Gen X finally standing up and taking their agency in the world. What do I mean by that? Well, remember, Gen X was always the generation that said 'we don't care, we don't want any control, we don't want any authority, we don't want anyone to have power over us.' It was the anti-establishment generation, but then something happened along the way with Gen X, where they became the side that started supporting this anti-establishmentarianism... You had so many people from Gen X on leadership boards like Twitter and Facebook as they went further and further left," he continued.
Posobiec said that for many, Gen X had this idea that they wanted to be apolitical, as "the 'don't tell me what to do' generation."
"And then something came along called Millennials, and Millennials started getting power at all of these various institutions, watching tv shows like Glee, being on Tumblr, and Zoomers as well, and they became these hyper activists.
"Millennials are the hyper activist generation, and as we look at Zoomers, Zoomers are even more despaired on this. Zoomers have no middle, you're either on one side or the other solely...
"But, what happened was, Gen X, saw themselves in these leadership positions and then saw these increasing levels of activism coming up in places where they told themselves that there isn't supposed to be any sort of activism, it was supposed to be 'don't tell me what to do.'
"And so, a sort of an inverse feedback loop came about because of this, and what happened. Elon Musk is going into Twitter not saying that he wants to take over Twitter, not saying that he wants to tell people what to say, not that he wants to tell people what to believe, not that he wants to push climate change or war, or any one of those things.
Posobiec said that Musk is going into Twitter with a mission of restoring the principle of freedom of speech and free expression, "this idea that if Twitter is going to be the marketplace of ideas, and it clearly is in the digital space... that he wants it to be an even playing field, where all ideas are actually able to be able to have merit, you can argue them, you can debate, you can go back and fourth, well I believe this, I believe that... You can fight it out. Not people coming in with the ban hammer, striking people down."
"I want people to understand that a lot of this has to do with where Gen X is coming from, the 'don't tell me what to do, don't tell me what to say, don't tell me what to wear' generation. Now, those people who famously eschewed politics for so long, are now getting involved because things have gotten so crazy.
Posobiec said that Elon's action will not be the end of Gen X's response to wokeness, but rather the beginning. "You're going to see so much more Gen X activism," concluded Posobiec.