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His takeover of Twitter is like the Vikings sacking the famous English monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow in the 8th century. Questioning Fauci is like the Albigensians challenging monotheism in the 13th century. Mocking pronouns is like questioning divine-right kingship in the age of absolute monarchies.

This is why the fight over Twitter, which is itself not that important — “Twitter is not real life,” as the cliche has it — is so heated and bitter. It’s ultimately over whether progressive ideology will maintain its default status in elite precincts of America, and whether a highprofile dissenter can survive and thrive.

Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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