I bought a Tesla to help the environment,” wrote John Blumenthal for the Los Angeles Times in late December. “Now, I’m embarrassed to drive it.” The article seemed to me to be a kind of encapsulation of all the absurdities of our cold civil war. It was also one of an increasing number of press stories these days whose substance, such as it was, was entirely contained in the headline. You needed to read no further to understand all that the author had, or ever would have, to say in the course of registering his public status as a proud exponent of media groupthink—from the virtue signaling in his choice of motor vehicle to the environmentalist orthodoxy that constitutes his only notion of virtue to his horror of any possible association, however far-fetched, between himself and the latest media hate-figure.

This was, of course, Elon...


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