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Elon Musk attacks the ‘woke mind virus’ in revealing interview with Bill Maher

Elon Musk blasted the extent to which the “woke mind virus” has infested education in an exclusive interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night.

“I think we have to be very careful about anything that is anti-meritocratic and anything that results in the suppression of free speech,” Musk, the CEO of Twitter, told host Bill Maher.

“So those are two of the aspects of the ‘awake mind virus’ that I think are very dangerous… you can’t question things, even questioning is bad. Almost synonymous would be canceling culture.”

Musk went on to talk about the troubling impact the “awakened mind virus” has had on education. On Saturday morning, he doubled down, saying the extent of teachers’ indoctrination of children had reached a “shocking degree”.

u201c@TPostMillennial @billmaher To a shocking degreeu201d

— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1682736353

In Musk’s view, the infestation of the “awakened mind virus” has been “a long time coming.” He estimated that the infiltration occurred over the past two decades.

“I think the amount of indoctrination going on in schools and universities is way beyond what parents realize.”

He emphasized that the educational experiences of Baby Boomers and GenX differ greatly from the experiences of today’s students.

Musk somewhat agreed with Maher’s suggestion that parents are at least partly to blame, noting that parents’ lack of awareness has contributed to the problem.

“In general, parents are not aware of what their children are being taught or not being taught,” Musk said during the interview.

“Most parents have no idea how bad it is,” Musk tweeted on Saturday.

u201c@CollinRugg Most parents have no idea how bad it isu201d

— Collin Rugg (@Collin Rugg) 1682736525

As an example, Musk told a story about a friend’s children. He said that while the kids, high school students in the Bay Area, could name George Washington as one of the first presidents, the extent of their knowledge about him was that he was a slave owner.

“Maybe you should know more than that,” Musk said.

“This is exactly the virus of the awakened mind,” Maher replied, to applause from the audience.

In a discussion about the public’s perception of their political positions, Maher described himself and Musk as among those who now “call themselves conservatives, but they really haven’t changed.” Maher added that he didn’t think of Musk as a conservative.

Musk agreed, saying he considers himself a “moderate.”

Musk said he had invested “a massive amount” of his life in pursuing sustainable energy avenues such as electric vehicles and solar to “help save the environment.”

“It’s not exactly the far right,” he joked.

Musk’s interview with Maher comes amid controversy surrounding the abrupt disappearance of popular media figure Tucker Carlson from his time slot on the Fox News Channel. Carlson responded to the controversy on Twitter in a short video post that has since garnered 77.3 million views.

“Where can you still find Americans speaking the truth? There aren’t many places left, but there are, and there are enough. As long as you can hear the words, there is hope,” Carlson said.

“See you soon,” he concluded.

Musk, who is the CEO of Twitter, simply responded with “wow” to a post that claimed Carlson’s post on the platform had more views than “every cable news show all day combined”.

u201c@TheChiefNerd @TuckerCarlson Wowu201d

— Chief Nerd (@Chief Nerd) 1682703056

Watch an excerpt of Elon Musk’s interview with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” below.

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