Bari talks to Walter Isaacson. Plus: the best response to antisemitism. And what the rest of the West can learn from Israel.
What should we do about Elon Musk? Should we nationalize his companies? Force him in reeducation camp, so we correct his wrong think?
For me Elon Musk has wielded his power much better than many other billionaires, he is not running sham foundations and pushing his medical ideas to us (Bill Gates), he is not pushing his BS political ideology to rest of us (George Soros), he is paying his employees well and forcing them to pee in bags and bottles (Jeff Bezos), he is not spying on us (Mark Zuckerberg), he was not patronizing Epstein's "love" island (Leon David Black)
From all billionaires Elon is the most normal one, sure his is excentric but by no mean some evil genius who is trying to push his own BS to rest of us.
Elons only crime is that he doesnt fund nether Democrats nor Republicans, and our politicians can't forgive him that.
Why aren't we asking that about George Soros?
Hello no! What an insipid, disingenuous, inflammatory (are you a Leftard, author) question when 400 billionaires own 56%+ of the GLOBAL WEALTH, yet this ONE MAN, via his purchase of Twitter, may have SAVED democracy!
Elon is one of the VERY FEW of these M who actually has made a difference for all (e.g., Twitter, Tesla, SpaceX, StarLink).
Whine about something/someone ELSE, OK?
I am amused by the obsession of our self-appointed master class and their obsession with Elon Musk. Is he in the league of Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, or Carnegie? I don't think the Robber Barrons are worried about him taking over that mantle from them. The impact of Twitter was overblown. I can look at the Huff Post ( painful) , Breitbart, Drudge, the Hill, and Real Clear Politics and see the different viewpoints. The Internet and the ease of getting information lessens the impact of the Musk's of the world. Teslas are nice cars, and Spacelink is neat. But are 99.8% of the population affected by Musk? Not at all. For me, it's all driven by the need for clicks and the human brain's desire for the heels and heroes of the world; it's natural. In the end, he has no real power to affect anyone's lives, and that is in the hands of a soon-to-be 81-year-old imbecile, and if he happens to go, that cackling fool of the V.P., I worry about them much more than I do Musk.
Does <Insert name of politically active billionaire> have too much power?
But, yeah, let's write about Musk and only Musk. This is where media's prejudices really stand out.
Really? Does Mr Soros? Mr Gates? Mr Fink? Or does the "excess power" concern about filthy richards apply only to those with whom one may disagree?
That intro on the Musk piece was ridiculous. I know it is in the headline genre, but try to control your tendency to shriek about things. And, by the way, Walter Isaacson is not Musk. He’s a guy with an agenda. Everything he writes comes with his agenda.
What's the remedy to Musk's supposedly "excess" power? Tolerate government's efforts to silence what they don't like to read? Nationalize X? Sic the regulators on him?
FP has bristled against all that, regularly, so I find this bit a bit dissonant.
The cure must not be worse than the purported problem.
Sorry, I know the FP has their issues with this guy, but I LOVE him.
YES, he's scattered, all over the place, and a inconsistent with things. Especially X.
BUT, he's hyperproductive and by and large has done INCREDIBLE things for the world. Look at all the OTHER billionaire asshats out there (Soros, Gates, did I mention Soros?)
I bought a Tesla partially because I wanted to support the guy.
So yeah rock on Elon
I love seeing Musk Derangement Syndrome in action daily.
The only people/persons that have too much power are our employees, the dimwits in Wash DC! We the people need to organize and demand term limits and abolish lobbyists.
I wonder if Bari thinks musk had too much power when he allowed her unfettered access to the Twitter files? This kind of clickbait- headlined pandering, days after accepting the Dao award is pathetic. Breathhless softball interviews of MSNBC darlings like Isaacson will never bring redemption to Bari. Nothing will. She will never again be one of the leftist “cool kids.” They despise her now. But they know she craves it and they will use her platform and laugh behind her back every time.
Anyone heard of Larry Fink? The dangerous one's keep it all on the down low.
Elon Musk has as much power as we choose to give him -- no more, no less. As any other, to exercise power he must have acceptance of the majority. He's no strong man, and this isn't Argentina.
And the greatest gift is he is a citizen of our republic not under the thumb of the CCP.
A few years back, I read that about 10% of Americans had Twitter accounts, and that 80% or more of political content was generated by 20% or fewer accounts. This means that the Twitter pipeline of political information is generated by 2% of Americans.
And, it's safe to presume, mostly for those 2%.
It's a microcosm that, due to its noisiness and its composition (media, politicians, wonks, and other players in the political sandbox), is seen as having a lot more power than the numbers warrant.
Want to minimize its influence? Don't play the game. Don't presume that the loud harpies there are representative of everyone.