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The most dangerous thing about Elon Musk buying Twitter outright for \$44 billion is the rapidly spreading notion that his controlling an influential social media platform is dangerous. It is, but not for any of the reasons his critics assert.

The current furor is dangerously misguided for two reasons. First, it assumes that one billionaire owning Twitter is significantly more harmful than a bunch of them owning it. And second, it worries that Musk is committed to an anarchic version of free speech that will undermine the health of our societies.

This is the equivalent of staring resolutely at a single tree to avoid noticing the forest all around it. The fact that so many of us now do this routinely suggests how far we already are from a healthy society.

Money is power. The fact that our societies have allowed a small number of individuals to accumulate untold riches means we have also allowed them to gain untold power over us. Debates, like the current one about the future of Twitter, are now rarely about what is in the interests of wider society. Instead, they are about what is in the interests of billionaires, as well as the corporations and institutions that enrich and protect this tiny, pampered elite.

Musk, as the richest person alive, may have a marginally stronger hand than other billionaires to push things in his direction. But more significantly, all billionaires ultimately subscribe to the same ideological assumption that society benefits from having a class of the super-rich. They are all on Team Billionaire.

Some are more “philanthropic” than others, using the wealth they have plundered from the common good to buy themselves today’s equivalent of an indulgence – a ticket to heaven once sold by the Catholic Church for a princely sum. These “philanthropists” very publicly recycle their riches, while quietly claiming tax exemptions, to make it look as if they deserve their fortunes or as if the planet would be worse off without them.

And some billionaires are more committed to free speech than others, if only – as with the rest of us – by temperament. Certainly, it would be beneficial to have Twitter run using a transparent, open-source algorithm, as Musk says he wants, rather than the secretive algorithms increasingly preferred by the billionaires behind Google, Youtube, and Facebook.

Meritocracy race

But one thing the super-rich are not open to is the idea that billionaires should be a thing of the past, like slavery or the divine right of kings. Instead, they are all equally committed to their own ongoing power – and whatever planet-destroying economic model is required to sustain it.

And they are committed, too, to the idea that they should have much more power than the general population because they are supposedly the winners in a global meritocracy race. They believe they are better than the rest of us – that natural selection has selected them.

Musk appears more open than some billionaires to allowing the expression of a wide range of views on social media. After all, someone who believes he should face no consequences for vilifying a rescue worker as a “pedo guy” for having a better idea than himself about how to save children trapped in a cave probably prefers to see free speech defined as broadly as possible.

“Controversy” is Musk’s shtick, and being a “free speech absolutist” serves his aim of winning popular consent for his billionairedom in exactly the same way profiteering from vaccines does for Bill Gates. While they are busy raking in billions more at our expense, we are busy dividing into Team Musk or Team Gates. We cheer from the sidelines at our own irrelevance.

But one thing that Musk and Gates most assuredly agree on is that they and their ilk must never be swept into the dustbin of history. If we could ever harness Twitter to that end, we would quickly find out just how much of a “free speech absolutist” Musk really is.

‘King of trolls’

This brings us to the second misguided “row” about Musk buying Twitter and its 217 million users: that his supposed commitment to free speech will further tear apart the health of our democracies. Put bluntly, the fear is that allowing Donald Trump and his followers back into the Twitterverse will unleash the forces of darkness we have been struggling to keep at bay.

Environmentalist George Monbiot, a columnist at the liberal establishment newspaper The Guardian, calls Musk’s influence “lethal.”

His colleague Aditya Chakrabortty visibly quivers with anxiety at the prospect of a Twitter molded in Musk’s image, calling him the “king of trolls.” Democracy, Chakrabortty avers, must defend itself not only from the Trumps but from those who enable them through their “free speech absolutism.”

As is expected in such articles, Chakrabortty bolsters his argument with a statistic or two. For example, a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) finds that false stories on Twitter are 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth. Putting Musk in charge of this lie factory will bring civilization crashing down, we are warned.

Let us set aside for a moment how MIT defines truth and falsehood, and assume it is capable of divining such things correctly. Again the study’s logic is compelling only so long as we stare at a single tree and ignore the forest all around.

The reason billionaires and corporations – as well as states – want to control the media is precisely that a lie is more likely to fly than the truth. Our societies have been engineered on this principle since we divided into leaders and followers.

If truth reigned supreme, and media platforms could do little to sway us from seeing reality clearly, the richest people on the planet would not be investing their money in buying their own bit of real estate in the media landscape.

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But then again, if we could all see reality clearly – unclouded by corporate media interference – there wouldn’t be any billionaires. We would have understood that their extreme wealth was too much of a threat to be allowed, that their fortunes could too easily be turned against us, buying our politicians and turning our democracies into increasingly hollow shells, stripped of the good things we intended.

If billionaires weren’t making fortunes from weapons sales, we surely wouldn’t be endlessly cheering on wars.

If billionaires didn’t demand the right to buy politicians, we might be more ready to address our dysfunctional political and media systems.

If billionaires weren’t profiting from the destruction of the natural world, we might be having a more realistic conversation about the impending extinction of our species.

Censorship as panacea

But, unable to maintain their attention on the structural deformations caused by the rule of the billionaires, left-liberals like Monbiot and Chakrabortty keep deflecting to the cause of censorship. They speak of unspecified “curbs” and approve of blocking “Russian news sources” as though this is the panacea for society’s ills.

The point they have obscured is that misinformation spread by Twitter users pales in comparison to the disinformation that constantly batters us from corporate news outlets, like The Guardian newspaper they work for. (Disinformation is misinformation with deception or manipulation as its intent.)

Disinformation such as making us believe that the West’s many illegal wars of aggression, like the one against Iraq, were defensive, or mistakes, or to promote democracy. Or that such illegal wars cannot be compared to the wars of aggression committed by “enemy” states.

Disinformation such as persuading us that we have Trump-voting “deplorables” because of social media “fake news” rather than growing disenchantment with liberal political systems in thrall to billionaires – systems that serve the super-rich while imposing austerity on the rest of us.

Disinformation that for decades has allowed climate denial lobbies – secretly but handsomely funded by billionaires – to conceal from us the findings of the billionaires’ own scientists, which show we are hurtling towards a climate breakdown tipping point.

And the continuing disinformation that makes us believe the Green New Deals we have been offered are designed to save us, rather than the billionaires’ profits, from extinction.

Latest Darth Vader

But significantly, the reason Twitter users spread more trivial forms of misinformation is that, after a lifetime spent in the billionaires’ bubbles of disinformation, we struggle to anchor ourselves to reality.

Awash in corporate disinformation, we are credulous in the face of simple, easily digestible stories: ones that require us to cheer either for Team Musk or for Team Gates, Donald Trump or Joe Biden, the Rebel Alliance, or the latest Darth Vader. We cannot make sense of a world so corrupt, so divided, so harsh. Instead, we are drawn to simplistic narratives of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong.

And the most simplistic of all these narratives are the ones that undergird the sense of collective virtue of our society and our tribe.

If our wars are different from their wars, then the difference must be that Putin is a madman or a megalomaniac. And before we know it, we are starting to imagine that there is something inherently backward or bloodthirsty about the Russian psyche. The arms dealers – and behind them the billionaires – can once again lick their lips in delight.

Or if people are too stupid to see through a Trump, it must mean we need more censorship, more of those undefined “curbs.”

The unstated logic is that, if we can blank out some types of information, the “deplorables” who are susceptible to the wrong kind will gradually be won back to the status quo. Like victims of a cult, they can be deprogrammed through an absence of exposure. Deprived of a Trump, they will become standard-bearers for a Biden.

And if that fails … well, these same liberals will be cheering on whatever other forms of authoritarianism are needed to “curb” the threat.

But Monbiot and Chakrabortty’s veiled advocacy for censorship will not save our thread-bare democracies. It is exactly where the most powerful forces in our society want things heading: not towards a more pluralistic, open, and transparent media, but towards a more tightly controlled and policed one.

We know where this leads because we are already firmly on this path. Anyone not backing the flow of arms to Ukraine must have been influenced by Russian disinformation. Anyone critical of Big Pharma’s profiteering is colluding in vaccine hesitancy. Anyone supporting socialism and criticizing the wealthy elite must harbor antisemitic tendencies.

Footsoldiers for the rich

The debate has been polarized yet again into one in which we must pick one of two unappealing sides. Either a Twitter ruled by a shadowy cabal of billionaires limiting our exposure to information by manipulating the algorithms in secret, or one ruled by a single, outsize, fickle ego who promises a bigger information marketplace and a little more transparency – until he doesn’t.

Liberals, because they distrust the deplorables, want to stamp out the chaos of populism and ensure that nice, philanthropic billionaires like Gates decide what is best for us.

And conservatives, because they distrust liberals, want to let a maverick, more brashly self-aggrandizing billionaire like Musk decide what should be allowed.

Team Musk vs. Team Gates.

We are now deep in the trenches of an information war. Who should be allowed to speak? Whatever we might imagine, the victors will once again be the billionaires – until we stop recruiting ourselves to be their footsoldiers.

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  1. Anonymous[171] • Disclaimer says:

    And they are committed, too, to the idea that they should have much more power than the general population because they are supposedly the winners in a global meritocracy race. They believe they are better than the rest of us – that natural selection has selected them.

    That much is true. Hopes for a latter-day jacquerie are wishful thinking in an age when every movement of every person can be tracked and remembered forever.

    When you consider that top honchos killed commoners for sport throughout most of recorded history, today’s status quo is arguably an improvement.

    And notice that billionaires have a sub-Saharan African birth rate. Rumors of natural selection’s demise have been grossly exaggerated.

  2. Fr. John says:

    ALL billionaires?

    No… just the JEWISH ones.

    • Replies: @Realist
  3. Bro43rd says:

    JC says “Money is power. The fact that our societies have allowed a small number of individuals to accumulate untold riches means we have also allowed them to gain untold power over us. Debates, like the current one about the future of Twitter, are now rarely about what is in the interests of wider society. Instead, they are about what is in the interests of billionaires, as well as the corporations and institutions that enrich and protect this tiny, pampered elite.”

    And, “If billionaires didn’t demand the right to buy politicians, we might be more ready to address our dysfunctional political and media systems.

    If billionaires weren’t profiting from the destruction of the natural world, we might be having a more realistic conversation about the impending extinction of our species.”

    But his answer is not allowing billionaires to have such wealth via democracy. That is irony defined. Democracy/politics is the mechanism that has been used by the current worlds elites to become uber-wealthy.

    The correct answer imo is to take money creation away from government. This monopoly control over money is the shackles & chains that keep humanity from reaching our full potential. Let the parties involved in the trading decide what they will use, whether it be crypto, precious metals, commodities, etc.

    How this is done is another big question though. First would be to stop using fiat/debt based currencies ama possible. Reuse, recycle, repair ama possible. Grow your own food ama possible. Barter/trade when you can. Essentially withdraw your consent. Every little thing you can do will have a small impact & lots of small impacts can make a big impact.

    • Agree: Kali, mocissepvis
    • Replies: @Che Guava
  4. TG says:

    Well said. Kudos.

    I continue to be amazed at these libertarians who DEMAND that freedom requires a handful of the super-rich to be able to use their power to control everything. The libertarian utopia is apparently feudal Europe.

    The Sierra Club used to be opposed to governments forcing population growth upwards, because that’s bad for the environment. But then a billionaire with an interest in cheap labor bribed the leadership of the Sierra Club with \$100 million (tax deductible, I am sure) and now the Sierra Club is DEMANDING that populations be increased. And this is an example of ‘protected free speech?’

    One is reminded that during the 1940’s, 1950’s, and the first half of the 1960’s, the United States had nearly zero immigration. During this time the United States went from rock bottom to the richest and most powerful country the world had ever seen. New technologies and industries were created – AND IT DID NOT TAKE BILLIONAIRES TO DO THAT. THERE BASICALLY WERE NOT BILLIONAIRES DURING THIS TIME, BECAUSE COMPETITION FOR WORKERS FORCED MOST OF THE PROFITS BACK INTO LABOR.

    We don’t need billionaires to create new industries etc., that is an historical fact. But billionaires need cheap labor, they need poverty and a hundred desperate hungry people competing for every job, to become and remain billionaires. Why do you think we are opening the border to the overpopulated third world? It is their main priority.

  5. Realist says:

    Meritocracy race

    But one thing the super-rich are not open to is the idea that billionaires should be a thing of the past, like slavery or the divine right of kings. Instead, they are all equally committed to their own ongoing power – and whatever planet-destroying economic model is required to sustain it.

    And they are committed, too, to the idea that they should have much more power than the general population because they are supposedly the winners in a global meritocracy race. They believe they are better than the rest of us – that natural selection has selected them.

    Unlimited wealth should not be allowed. The ability to game and control the system does NOT demonstrate merit.

    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @Thrallman
    , @Che Guava
  6. Realist says:
    @Fr. John

    ALL billionaires?

    No… just the JEWISH ones.

    Jewish billionaires are no worse than gentile billionaires…they should all be eliminated.

  7. Realist says:

    Money is power. The fact that our societies have allowed a small number of individuals to accumulate untold riches means we have also allowed them to gain untold power over us. Debates, like the current one about the future of Twitter, are now rarely about what is in the interests of wider society. Instead, they are about what is in the interests of billionaires, as well as the corporations and institutions that enrich and protect this tiny, pampered elite.

    Indeed. This problem was magnified forty-six years ago by the fact that the SCOTUS passed down egregious decisions that abridge the First Amendment and show contempt for the concept of representative democracy. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1976 and exacerbated by continuing stupid SCOTUS decisions First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
    These decisions have codified that money is free speech thereby giving entities of wealth and power total influence in elections…and leading to the current plutocratic oligarchy that we live in.

    • Agree: Punch Brother Punch
  8. Bro43rd says:
    @Realist

    So destroy the system which has enabled the billionaires. Namely, democracy/collectivism & the gov monopoly of money creation. And with todays technology, fuedalism would be better than what we currently live under.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Anonymous123
  9. MUNCHY says:

    Brilliant writing, thank you. I am not sure about the terms ‘climate change’ or ‘socialism’ in the context in which you use them but that is a matter for deabate. If only!

  10. Though hardly a market absolutist, I am aware of no large, robust industrial economies—whether past or present—that lack billionaires.

    Should billionaires be allowed by the state to run wild? No. However, billionaires appear to be an inevitable feature of capitalism. I see little evidence that it were practically possible for a citizenry to enjoy the munificent goods of capitalism without suffering the sometimes obnoxious ministrations of at least a few billionaires.

    Maybe this is just the price we citizens must pay.

    • Replies: @Bro43rd
    , @animalogic
  11. Bro43rd says:
    @V. K. Ovelund

    I have nothing against billionaires per se, but I do despise the billionaire/corporate collusion with government thuggery to force everyone into their narrative. Why not try volunteerism?

  12. Thrallman says:
    @Realist

    It’s a valid point that billionaires have a dangerous amount of power through their control of the media, their non-taxpaying foundations, and legalized bribery of politicians. But to say,

    “Unlimited wealth should not be allowed. The ability to game and control the system does NOT demonstrate merit.”

    smacks of jealousy. From the point of view of the poor, the middle class are the exploiter. The ability to keep a chair warm and send a couple emails does NOT demonstrate merit.

    An even bigger problem than billionaires’ control of the media is the middle class’s control of schooling. They impose their (anti)social agenda on captive children to age 18 (or longer). That’s a lawful form of imprisonment. In comparison, nobody is obliged to pay attention to Twitter.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @animalogic
  13. The Billionaire Problem is that they have struck a deal: governments will do what billionaires want, and billionaires won’t set up rival governments. “Democracy” is how government and the billionaires trick voters into thinking that their votes matter, and that they can change the government if they want.

    The closest this ever came to happening in post-bellum America was the election of Donald Trump, a rogue billionaire, in 2016. The response was an all-hands-on-deck attack by the oligarchy and its mendicants. They had to dream up Russiagate, then gin up a Panicdemic to enable mail-in voting, drop boxes, and ballot-harvesting to make sure nothing like voters actually voting to change the government ever happened again.

    One solution is to tell the billionaires that they’re the government from now on, for life, and upon their death or incapacity to their appointed heirs, for life, and so on. If you don’t want the responsibility, give away your wealth until you no longer qualify for governance.

    It’s neo-feudalism, which I think is probably coming regardless, and the oligarchs don’t get to hide behind the fig leaf of dumbocracy.

    That’s my idea. Open to others.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
    • LOL: Corvinus
  14. Realist says:
    @Thrallman

    You agree with my premise…then you denigrate it.

    The ability to keep a chair warm and send a couple emails does NOT demonstrate merit.

    I fail to understand the point of your non sequitur.

    An even bigger problem than billionaires’ control of the media is the middle class’s control of schooling.

    Who would you have control schooling?

    They impose their (anti)social agenda on captive children to age 18 (or longer).

    They do not impose so much as fail to oppose. The middle class did not start the (anti)social agenda in public schools…those in control did…the middle class failed to stop it.

  15. So what is the other alternative? Socialism/Communism? LMAO
    Money= power. Jeez, I wonder which year you had this realization. The wealthy and powerful have always owned the masses and nations be it modern America or Ancient Egypt where pharaohs had massive monopolies. And Musk is infinitely better than others like Gates or the bloody Rothchilds- strange how everyone knows about them(an auto rickshaw driver here in Mumbai yesterday started talking to me about the rothchilds and their mega palaces!!!), and yet there is no report on them,no inquiry or criminal charges. Nobody knows of their bank accounts, hell nobody even knows what they look like. The point is that this is the best option we have- capitalism. Where the west royally screwed up was in their obsession with morality and democracy, as well as a lack of collective ball to deal with the jews-and not just the modern man but all throughout history going 1000s of years, so cut yourself some slack.

    Musk is autistic and very likely a technocrat with Aspergers whose singular vision is something I admire-get off this rock and start all over again on Mars. Meanwhile what he is doing is pretty hilarious. Nothing funnier than the left losing their collective shit the way they have in the last 3 days. Im loving it.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @lloyd
  16. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    I can’t think of a worse take at the moment.

  17. As an outsider to “Twitter experience”, I find it funny that so much brouhaha has swirled up over a social platform that has never turned a profit and is in decline, as are all tech companies now that FED music is stopping.

    Twitter’s only selling point is that it hosts real life celebrities on it. It brought the commoners a chance to brush off of the stardust and the lazy media an eternal source of “celeb news” that they could just copy/paste instead of doing actual research. It was never about free speech. With all the guidelines in place even before the purges, how could it, so why turn it into some kind of bastion for that?

    I don’t know what Elon Musk’s calculation behind this move is. I don’t put too much stock in his noble intentions (I mean, come on) and I don’t see the business angle at all. But that’s his problem.

    For the rest of us, moving away from this state-controlled insanity asylum for attention whores and craptivists of all ilk, as well as from Facebook, is the best thing we can do. If anyone needs a social platform, there’s plenty of them going around now.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
  18. Cookie says:

    The American people must be loving the fact that their representatives are spending billions on a war they don’t need or care about.

    When most Americans cannot make ends meet. Americans were denied their rights for years under a scamdemic and made to pay for a health crisis that was invented in the boardrooms of big pharmaceutical.

    The populace watched as an election was stolen from under their noses and now the criminal armament industry is cashing in on their dime.

    I don’t see any future for a nation that is so passive against criminals and yet so vicious on itself in the lower levels of society?

    • Agree: Fred777
  19. @Bro43rd

    Why do you think democracy leads to billionaires? Not saying I disagree with you, but I was wondering if you had a specific reason for thinking so.

    I do think that “spreading democracy” is simply a pretext for globalization of labor and capital and has nothing to do with “democracy” however its defined. American democracy leading to high concentrations of wealth (i America)? Not as clear.

    • Replies: @Bro43rd
  20. @V. K. Ovelund

    “However, billionaires appear to be an inevitable feature of capitalism.”
    The accumulation of ever greater amounts of money/capital by individuals (& Co’s) is inevitable. However, unlimited accumulation is not inevitable if popular forces are able to affect economic/social outcomes via government. 1945 – 1970 is proof that governments can keep some degree of control over accumulation.
    Whether that will ever be possible — short of a profound world crisis – again is debatable.

    • Agree: V. K. Ovelund
  21. @Thrallman

    “From the point of view of the poor, the middle class are the exploiter.”
    There’s some truth there. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that the PMC (professional middle classes) ultimately take their marching orders from the deep state & it’s Oligarchs. The whole “woke” ideology is pushed by the PMC with the blessing of the oligarchs (ie divide & conquer).

  22. Bro43rd says:
    @Anonymous123

    Democracy inevitably leads to collusion of government & business all the while masquerading as the peoples will. Really any form of government that claims the monopoly use of force on its subjects will also end up benefitting the wealthy. And the bigger the governments become the worse the collusion is.

    What to do about it is the 6 mil \$ question. Hit them where it hurts the worst, in the pocketbook. Use alternative trading platforms. Amap, stop using the fiat currencies & their debt based systems.

  23. Avianthro says:

    Here is the great failure of the US founding fathers: They failed to add to the Constitution a clause or two designed to prevent the buildup of excessive wealth-power gaps. If only they’d read their Plato a bit better on this. Here’s a good article discussing Plato’s thinking on wealth inequality: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/13/tackling-poverty-isnt-enough-inequality-is-a-serious-problem-too/. Of course, it’s understandable that they wouldn’t have been ready to put Plato’s advice into the Constitution…They themselves were plutocrats of their day and therefore wouldn’t have wanted to give up their positions, and so they thought, maybe subconsciously, they could write a document that would give them their cake and allow them to eat it too. Declare certain types of rights to make the lower classes feel empowered while keeping to themselves the real power and ability to manipulate public opinion (via owning the press) and to control the legislative process by money politics.

    So, if we ever get a chance to write a new Constitution, who will be sitting on the committee, and will they understand that the most important rule for a stable government is to ensure that there are no excessive wealth-power gaps? As soon as those arise, it’s pretty much all over…corruption, social disharmony, decadence, collapse.

  24. Musk v Gates is kinda Spenglerian if you don’t look too hard at the details. A pathetic prelude to the future Faustian Caesar. But instead of Marus v Sulla we get Crassus v Crassus.

  25. This is what Jews at Google do to American Conservatives, but priority #1 of conservatives is ‘Muh Israel’ and ‘Jews are my masters’.

    Worthless cuck scum.

    https://voxday.net/2022/05/05/the-decreasing-utility-of-email/

    A new study found that Google’s Gmail favors liberal candidates, allowing the vast majority of emails from left-wing politicians to land in the user’s inbox while more than two-thirds of messages from conservative candidates are marked as spam.

  26. Billionaires wouldn’t exist if the money supply wasn’t inflated by a consortium of private jewish banks. The existence of billionaires is a measure of inflation. But I see no criticism of fiat money or banking from Jonathan Cook, another leftist fixated on Forbes and the more flamboyant wealthy, rather than those that control the money supply and issuing of debt.

    • Agree: Liosnagcat, Bro43rd
  27. saggy says: • Website

    I guess I’m surprised at the sheer idiocy of the pro-Muskers and their astounding faith in ‘free speech’ and its concomitant, ‘democracy’. The idea that a free people with free speech can be expected to produce a rational society that acts for the betterment of mankind is just crazy. There is nothing crazier than a mob, and rational speech will I expect have very little sway when in competition with emotional appeals broadcast over the loudest channels.

    Plus, I have seen no inclination whatever of Musk to express a rational opinion on the preposterous history of the holohoax, the most dramatic example of the totally false accepted histories of WW I and II, i.e. as examples of German aggression and desire for world domination. It’s all almost laugh out loud absurd – with Britain claiming that Germany, a country half the size of Texas, had designs on ruling the world, at the very time when ….

    by 1913 the British Empire held sway over 412 million people, 23 per cent of the world population at the time, and by 1920 it covered 35,500,000 km2 (13,700,000 sq mi), 24 per cent of the Earth’s total land area.

    He is just another oligarch. And his purchase of Twitter represents absolutely nothing beyond theater for the hoi polloi.

  28. I pretty much agree with everything in the post except for one thing–good vs. evil is not just a “simplistic narrative”–it is really the only “narrative” that matters! For instance, the notion of loving good vs. loving evil and you can’t love both…or, as some Dude 2,000 years ago said, you cannot love God and mammon…and clearly, Musk loves mammon, and I don’t give a crap about what his agenda is in buying Twitter, which I will never use anyway! The only reason billionaires even exist is this love of mammon. Which, in the spiritual world of good, makes them the biggest “useless eaters” this planet has ever seen! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahah.

  29. “1. 77% of Russia is in Asia, not Europe.”

    How could anyone think that?

  30. @Realist

    Jewish billionaires are no worse than gentile billionaires…they should all be eliminated.

    “Jewish [m]illionaires are no worse than gentile [m]illionaires…they should all be eliminated.”

    “Jewish [thousand]aires are no worse than gentile [thousand]aires…they should all be eliminated.”

    As the cad told the lady, we’ve already established what you are. Now we’re merely haggling over the price.

    Nine states have endorsed the Liberty Amendment [repealing the Sixteenth and thus all federal income taxes] through some type of action: Wyoming (1959), Louisiana (1960), Nevada (1960), Texas (1960), Georgia (1962), South Carolina (1962), Arizona (1979), Indiana (1982) and Mississippi (1982)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_%22Liberty%22_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    Rank in order which these states ratified the Sixteenth:

    [MORE]

    Wyoming 38th
    Louisiana 34th
    Nevada 17th
    Texas 9th
    Georgia 8th
    South Carolina 3rd
    Arizona 32nd
    Indiana 15th
    Mississippi 5th

    Be careful what you wish for!

    • Replies: @Liosnagcat
  31. Mac_ says:

    – bit of response on RJ Macready comment, 15. unfortunately there is more to the record than the commenter may have reached yet, as claims the powerful always owned the masses and refers to egypt etc, first, so-called ancient rome, or egypt, or greece, was not one point in time or one set of social system, the term ancient on any of those as if one time or space is mistake, there were several social stratas including nearly none at all other than tribes, at different points of time in each place. Then there is all the time before then, such as neanderthal period and so on, tribes, caves, you know, early tool making, and we continued to develop, which by the way the earlier leaders in egypt were by agreeing between people, not force, but in any case then around a thousand years ago, some cons got together, and decided to pervert and otherwise kill everything, and their phony govrmt cons were pushed, and the last two hundred years the cons have been on meth on their plans, and too many dumbly went along, ignoring those who resisted.

    The cons choose the least offensive seeming people to front distractions, who may or may not know the extent of the show, point being, the ‘other alternative’ that rj macready lmao about, communism or socialism is how our ancestors were able to survive long enough to evolve, then later others forgot, because of false ‘money’ by the cons, or too selfish to make effort.

    If you were going to attempt to take over, and used words to steer people, you would take the one thing people don’t do, apply as if it means govrmnt, so people don’t see the answer in face. Of course big fake groups are a trap, but ignoring the premise of grouping, the responsibility to make group for power, for our individual and shared benefit, is mistake. Simple thing to notice is how much work do the cons do to divide us –while they are a scattered group. govt, state, medias, and certain corporatists or whom they use. Meanwhile others have no group, and choose friends or partners based on irrelevant things. Just a few thoughts.

  32. What are we supposed to care about today? Ukraine? Twitter? The supreme court doing something I don’t care about? Abortion? Covid?

    Damn I take two days off from all news and I get all messed up about what we care about.

  33. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:

    This is a poor take, probably driven by envy. It prescribes no alternate system without billionaires. It is also suspect how a lone goy billionaire is the lightning rod for this anti-billionaire attack.

    This website has been built by a high wealth individual, not sure how much Ron has, but by being able to put together the capital and income stream he has, he built this site which we all benefit from.

    With a market based system, there are going to emerge high wealth individuals, and some families although all exponential growth (including of capital) eventually hits up against a limit. The ability of the billionaire to produce kids and their kids to in turn produce kids is a growth curve that soon acts to dissipate the fortune built up. Net result, you get more of the billionaire DNA in society, and the wealth gets distributed – in most cases eventually fully.

    In a kingdom, you will get the same phenomenon of high wealth individuals emerging. And in a communist system, you have essentially Jews in charge of a whole country, ostensibly for the benefit of classes of people but with the hands on the levers of everything. Super-capital, essentially. Until they get purged, which is why Jewry appears generally anti-Russia.

    I think Steve Sailer has a much better take. Accept billionaires, and channel their power into something good – “Noblesse Oblige”. The real issue appears to be at the moment that Jewish capital (maybe 50% of the billionaires are Jews) is primarily dedicated to ensuring that Europeans can never, ever, rival Jews in ability to organize or have much in the way of human capital ever again. Despite the fact that they essentially rely on us, they can easily hide within our host, they want to destroy and degrade the cattle because they got a kick once.

    The other aspect of billionaires is capital allocation. They are very good at it, they have a track record. A track record in allocating capital is more difficult than most people give it credit for. Most business start-ups fail. So getting bang per buck for philanthropic efforts is worth considering. Elon says it very well, but I thought it prior to ever watching this.

  34. …we are hurtling towards a climate breakdown tipping point.
    … the billionaires’ bubbles of disinformation…

    The highly contentious fear-mongering terms “climate breakdown” and climate emergency, derived directly from the unproven (fraudulent) global warming hypothesis (scam), were the central themes pervading the last World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, in January 2020, over a period of four days. That event was the primary example of “the billionaires’ bubbles of disinformation“.

    Many billionaires in attendance publicly worshiped at the quasi-religious alter of “climate change“, which happens to be a convenient and profitable mechanism for them to attain even more power, at the cost of the general population. Such influence is to be further enhanced through the “Great Reset” construct, propagated a few months thereafter by the event’s guru, Klaus Schwab , an advocate for the power cult of Trans-humanism. Top speaker at that year’s billionaire bubble event in Davos, as the Wuhan virus was already spreading rapidly, was the teenage quasi-goddess Greta, with thick braided hair, who wants people to panic.

    The author appears to be caught up in a contradiction of ideas. How dare you!

    Greta Thunberg: Our house is still on fire and you’re fuelling the flames

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/01/greta-speech-our-house-is-still-on-fire-davos-2020/

    • Agree: Rogue
  35. Mr. Fussy says:

    There are billionaires in theory and billionaires in practice. In practice, those will political power may as be be billionaires. They command billions, if not trillions, in resources, and their decisions affect millions, if not billions. Perhaps it is a good thing to have private billionaires that can act as a counterpoint, otherwise if we are all equally poor we are all at the mercy of the government.

    • Replies: @Ace
  36. Moonbat, in my learned opinion, is a typical Guardian liberal fascist. Correct about ecological collapse, and utterly wrong, and a globalist stooge, on much else. After Edward Herman mangled him over the phony Srebrenica ‘genocide’ (they’re a dime a dozen these days, but Srebrenica was probably when they became a standard hate propaganda trope)Moonbat, typically declared himself victorious, and still peddles the lie with vigour to today. That takes some chutzpah and a refusal to learn from your betters.

  37. Sarah says:

    Some are more “philanthropic” than others, using the wealth they have plundered from the common good to buy themselves today’s equivalent of an indulgence – a ticket to heaven once sold by the Catholic Church for a princely sum. These “philanthropists” very publicly recycle their riches, while quietly claiming tax exemptions, to make it look as if they deserve their fortunes or as if the planet would be worse off without them.

    👍👌

    • Agree: Brad Anbro
  38. Sarah says:

    Money is power. The fact that our societies have allowed a small number of individuals to accumulate untold riches means we have also allowed them to gain untold power over us. Debates, like the current one about the future of Twitter, are now rarely about what is in the interests of wider society. Instead, they are about what is in the interests of billionaires, as well as the corporations and institutions that enrich and protect this tiny, pampered elite.

    👌

  39. Sarah says:

    But one thing the super-rich are not open to is the idea that billionaires should be a thing of the past, like slavery or the divine right of kings. Instead, they are all equally committed to their own ongoing power – and whatever planet-destroying economic model is required to sustain it.

    👌

    And they are committed, too, to the idea that they should have much more power than the general population because they are supposedly the winners in a global meritocracy race. They believe they are better than the rest of us – that natural selection has selected them.

    👍

  40. Disinformation that for decades has allowed climate denial lobbies – secretly but handsomely funded by billionaires – to conceal from us the findings of the billionaires’ own scientists, which show we are hurtling towards a climate breakdown tipping point.

    That’s when the idiot alert sounded. Take an hour, and broaden your horizons:

    • Agree: Rogue
    • Replies: @Brad Anbro
  41. @Reg Cæsar

    According to The Law That Never Was by Bill Benson, irregularities existed in every one of the states listed. Here’s a summary of his findings:

    https://famguardian.org/Subjects/Taxes/Education/16AmendNotRatified.htm

    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  42. anon[401] • Disclaimer says:

    Dunno why you think it is going to change. Elon Musk has made a shitload out of pretty much everything he touched and now you think he is going to change to give you free speech. It is a sideshow designed by Elon and his friends to fool you once again. He is happy and thinks he fooled everyone else. But he is just another greedy billionaire intent on practicing shitfuckery on everyone.
    We put up with him, but none of us who actually think about him in even the smallest way would even piss on him if he were on fire.
    Put him in a rocket and launch him towards Mars. If he gets there and still communicates with Earth we will listen. At least he will be out of our way.

  43. anon[401] • Disclaimer says:

    Elon Musk from Mars: I have arrived on Mars! Drinking Dom Perignon by the bottle and keeping my energy up with the best caviar. Please listen to every word I say.
    Me from Earth rubbing the transmitter in my crotch: Hey Elon! Looks like we have a bad connection here. (rubbing a little harder) Nope, looks like We can’t make the connection from here on Earth. Looks like we out of connection on our end here! Have a good time on Mars.

  44. …until we stop recruiting ourselves to be their footsoldiers…
    Until we stop them and their “law-makers” (in person) making special laws (= law breakers) for their special groups under contempt of natural, common law in a natural statehood.
    Their rules made by their priests & politicians against the peoples’ natural state hood!
    The billionaires’ case too is one of Roman Law v Natural Law.

  45. @Liosnagcat

    Thank you!
    Does the fact that only 40 % of Americans vote in federal elections not make all federal dealings illegal, because 60 % have not agreed to any of it?
    (It is of right interest to me because of the annexion of Germany by “American” force.)

  46. Weird.

    The author would have been much more persuasive had he claimed he was against plutocracy. Otherwise, super-rich people have always existed in any type of civilization.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  47. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    “We are now deep in the trenches of an information war. Who should be allowed to speak?”

    Ursula Haverbeck, for one.

  48. @Been_there_done_that

    “Greta Thunberg: Our house is still on fire and (you’re) fuelling the flames”

    The “house” is indeed on fire, but the middle and lower classes are NOT “fuelling” (sic) the flames. The rich Jews & goys are the ones who, since the beginning of time, have been responsible for 99% of our country’s and the world’s problems.

    The “rich” want it all and they will not be happy until they get it all and have everyone in their complete control (“Great Reset” / “New World Order” / call it what you want).

  49. Rogue says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    Gosh, something I can agree with you on!

    Stick to this kind of thing, rather than the Anti-Russia stuff. 😉

  50. Rogue says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    I recall a Guardian article by Moonbat roughly 20 years ago, about how getting rid of White Zimbabwean farmers and handing their farms over to aspiring Black farmers, would result in an end to cash crops like tobacco and a vastly greater yield of food crops like maize.

    Of course, I knew he was talking rubbish at the time, and so it proved to be. Food production went way downwards after most White-owned farms were taken over by so-called Black “war veterans” (many of these farms purchased under Black rule so hardly a legacy of colonialism).

    It turns out the the new Black farmers are far more keen on cash crops like tobacco, and it seems the general sentiment is that Zimbabwe should rather meet it’s food needs by importing from other countries.

    So much for Monbiot’s predictions.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  51. This has been an interesting chapter in the global free speech storyline but Twitter is shit no matter who owns it and only fools really be on there carrying on. Nobody talks about the BILLIONS and BILLIONS that Musk just gave to TOTALITARIAN ENEMIES OF FREEDOM to do with as they please! Do you care or even wonder how that unimaginable fortune will be weaponized against us?? #FundingEvil

  52. Nat X says:

    Keep this African American’s name out your mouth!

  53. gotmituns says:

    I’m no commie but nobody needs a billion dollars. This concept of capitalism must end. Capitolism, like communism, taken past a certain point becomes an evil. The capitalists didn’t get to where they were by themselves. They used workers to get there. So the workers should share in the profits. Once again, I’m no commie. The commies (socialists) went too far when the executed millions of people in the 1930s through to the 1970s. I only believe true working people should have the necessities of life. I don’t give a rat’s butt about those who refuse to work.

    • Replies: @JustBrooklyn Here
    , @Anon
  54. Ghali says:

    At least Musk is not Jew and not Zionist, which is non-existence in Western media.

  55. Agent76 says:

    Jan 25, 2022 US Billionaires 10 TIMES RICHER Over Last 2 Years

    “The 10 richest men in the world doubled their funds during the last two years.—increasing from approximately \$700 billion to \$1.5 trillion between March 2020 and November 2021 — the incomes of approximately 99% of people around the globe fell during that time, and more than 160 million people have been forced into poverty, the Oxfam report added.”

    03/31/2022 Central Banks: Who Needs Them? No One!

    Central banks, and especially the Federal Reserve System, continue to churn up inflation and the boom-and-bust cycles—in the name of “stabilizing” the economy.

    https://mises.org/wire/central-banks-who-needs-them-no-one

    Billionaires got richer during Covid lockdown.

  56. Che Guava says:
    @Bro43rd

    You should anatomise my bicycle.

    By now, it’s cost much more than buying a new one, but every step of repairs has been a little cheaper than just throwing it out.

    It is a Frankenstein’s monster bicycle now, but as you say, repair, recycle.

    As a Brit. friend, sadly back there now said, ‘Nobody would want to steal it.’

    I love the shop, it’s a two-man operation, father and son, they take 赤旗、Red Flag, so at least the old man is an old-school Japan communist at heart.

    I agree with almost all of Cook’s article this, but it is very cheap on one point.

    That is, he never mentions that he was once a little cog in the Grauniad‘s lie machine.

    As such, he is also still one of them with his climate-change stuff. It may or may not be true.

    Certainly, hominid apes are pushing towards a huge collapse of some kind, but that is as much driven by absurd population increases, or more correctly demographic warfare, from sub-Saharan Africa, the Moslem crescent, and India, as by greedy billionaires.

  57. Mefobills says:

    But then again, if we could all see reality clearly – unclouded by corporate media interference – there wouldn’t be any billionaires. We would have understood that their extreme wealth was too much of a threat to be allowed, that their fortunes could too easily be turned against us, buying our politicians and turning our democracies into increasingly hollow shells, stripped of the good things we intended.

    There are different kinds of wealth. Some billionaires got their wealth by running sophisticated usury scams, or controlling natural resources. Others find themselves accidentally wealthy, and call it “bonkers.”

    The real question is if a billionaire becomes money sick. For example, China slammed Jack Ma into the wall, especially when Ant Group tried to muscle in on China’s money power. (Ant wanted their own private network for payments and their own money type).

    Money sickness (philarguria) was known to the Greeks:

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/04/michael-hudson-plato-aristophanes-and-aristotle-on-money-lust-399-380-bc.html

    Delphi’s warning that lust for monetary silver (philarguria) was the only thing that could destroy Sparta was echoed by Plato, Socrates and other philosophers accusing wealth addiction of leading to greedy and hubristic behavior that impoverished society at large. Creditors were singled out for reducing debtors to bondage and taking their land.

    Money sick people (philarguria) in the West are not identified as hubristic or sociopaths, even though many are. The opposite happens, the sick are held up as examples to be followed.

    In a functioning society, the wealthy are required to “give back.” They would give back by being patrons of the arts, and by supporting causes that were good for society. They were not allowed to take control of the reigns, to overcome the King. Jack Ma was not allowed to become the King.

    My issue with Musk is that people hang on his every word, when he is wrong about many things. For example, he thinks that money is distilled labor. It’s not. Money is law. In today’s world it comes into being at DEBT, which means there is a debt instrument. So, the money system is not distilled labor, it is money as debt which in turn is accounted for by double entry ledger mechanics. Musk didn’t “labor” for his billions, his employees did, and then “free markets” threw more money at him to then make gains. The gains of say, electric cars, are to disrupt ICE manufacturers.

    Musk doesn’t appear to me to be money sick. The psychological profile for this sort of sickness is ostentatious displays of wealth, say owning a gold plated yacht. According to Grimes, Elon sometimes lives below the poverty line.

    Parliamentary democracies were created by wealthy Jews. Our Friends had accumulated great gold and silver piles on their usurious caravan routes, over thousands of years. This gold and silver was put to use after Isabella and Ferdinand kicked them out of Spain.

    Our friends changed the laws in the Lowlands (Holland) to allow freedom of religion, and then proceeded to use their “creditor dynamics” to change the world for their in-group benefit. Elon has not yet become a “creditor,” trying to take sordid gain for himself or his in-group.

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/12/michael-hudson-debt-and-democracy-has-the-link-been-broken.html

    “Anyone who gave credit to a prince knew that the repayment of the debt depended only on his debtor’s capacity and will to pay. The case was very different for the cities, which had power as overlords, but were also corporations, associations of individuals held in common bond. According to the generally accepted law each individual burgher was liable for the debts of the city both with his person and his property.

    The financial achievement of parliamentary government was thus to establish debts that were not merely the personal obligations of princes, but were truly public and binding regardless of who occupied the throne. This is why the first two democratic nations, the Netherlands and Britain after its 1688 revolution, developed the most active capital markets and proceeded to become leading military powers. What is ironic is that it was the need for war financing that promoted democracy, forming a symbiotic trinity between war making, credit and parliamentary democracy in an epoch when money was still the sinews of war.

    Democracies are the worst forms of government, as they are easily manipulated by Oligarchy. Parliamentary democracy was invented by our ((friends)) as a way of ensuring that their debt spreading would indeed be “spread” across an entire population. The burghers were held in common bond, or in bondage to the hidden creditors. Jewish creditors did not want the King to give them the shaft, to tell them to screw off – that Jewish creditors had made enough gains. Jews felt much more comfortable making loans to governments, hence Parliamentary democracy. Parliamentary democracies can be manipulated and they are used to tax the population, to then pay the debts.

    Elon is not debt spreading yet, but he is enamored with crypto. Note: Chinese leadership are NOT enamored with Crypto, they think it is something to be suppressed. No real King would allow any sort of non-sovereign money to be part of his realm.

    The great banking and bourses are at the top of the list in terms of sickness. Elon is not controlling this group of creditors and manipulators – yet. Hobson laid it out for us a long time ago, but nobody is listening:

    https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/hobson-imperialism-a-study

    The key concepts are laid out in Part I of Chapter IV: “Economic Parasites of Imperialism”

    “By far the most important economic factor in Imperialism is the influence relating to investments.”

    ….
    “If, contemplating the enormous expenditure on armaments, the ruinous wars, the diplomatic audacity of knavery by which modern Governments seek to extend their territorial power, we put the plain, practical question, Cui bono? the first and most obvious answer is, The investor.”

    ….
    “Investors who have put their money in foreign lands, upon terms which take full account of risks connected with the political conditions of the country, desire to use the resources of their Government to minimize these risks, and so to enhance the capital value and the interest of their private investments.”

    ….
    “If the special interest of the investor is liable to clash with the public interest and to induce a wrecking policy, still more dangerous is the special interest of the financier, the general dealer in investments. In large measure the rank and file of the investors are, both for business and for politics, the cat’s-paws of the great financial houses, who use stocks and shares not so much as investments to yield them interest, but as material for speculation in the money market. In handling large masses of stocks and shares, in floating companies, in manipulating fluctuations of values, the magnates of the Bourse find their gain. These great businesses—banking, broking, bill discounting, loan floating, company promoting—form the central ganglion of international capitalism.
    _____________

    International finance capitalism came into being with the big bang events that occurred after Isabella and Ferdinand kicked their Jews out of Spain starting in 1492.

    Our ((friends)) are actually freaking out about Elon, especially if he achieves narrative control by owning Twitter. Part of the big bang construct is to own narrative by owning the press. The first case of this was in Amsterdam, with Jews buying up the first printing presses, to then pass hypnosis.

    As for right now, Elon fits into the Tyrant model, which would make him an enemy of the creditor class, and those manipulators in the “great bourses.”

    https://michael-hudson.com/2011/12/democracy-and-debt/

    Book V of Aristotle’s Politics describes the eternal transition of oligarchies making themselves into hereditary aristocracies – which end up being overthrown by tyrants or develop internal rivalries as some families decide to “take the multitude into their camp” and usher in democracy, within which an oligarchy emerges once again, followed by aristocracy, democracy, and so on throughout history.

    A good tyrant emerges, and takes the multitudes into his camp, especially by releasing debts. The tyrant becomes a new King, which is followed by democracy (due to idiot princes), and so on.

    A king system can last for thousands of years if they learn how to release debts and not allow idiot sons to destroy things.

    Our (((friends))) are freaking out about Elon, that he might become a new Tyrant, then King, and then eject them from the citadels of power.

    As the West continues to polarize with unpayable debt, the finance oligarchy will grip ever tighter, and the public will clamor for a new tyrant. They won’t be clamoring for more democracy.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @DevilAdvocate
  58. Elon Musk is a member of the WEF and of course is for all the one world government agendas that this entails, people who think he is for free speech should do some research into Musk, he is a trojan horse who has been feeding off the American taxpayers. I do not believe he is a billionaire, what he is , is a money laundering front.

    • Agree: Agent76
    • Replies: @Agent76
  59. Che Guava says:
    @Realist

    Except for Musk’s initial fortune from selling his share in Paypal, where is Musk’s great hoard from?

    SpaceX and Tesla both profited from the Jewish principle of never use your own money.

    Tesla, massive governmenment subsidies, both Cali. and U.S. SpaceX, massive sums through NASA.

    I admire his aims with SpaceX, but it is U.S. taxpayers paying for it, not Elon Musk.

    However, the massive taxpayer handouts he has received through those leach companies and his Boring company do not explain the size of his bloated hoard.

    The only explanation is vulture capitalists in the background, he would understand the principles of vulture capitalism well, having applied it to taxpayers, but the money-movers making him a gazillionaire are in the background, invisible, but sure taking their cut.

  60. Why do you think Bill Gates is buying up farmland? Not for the reason tinhat conspiracy theorists think, “he wants to control the food supply to depopulate the world.” He buys farmland because property taxes are near zero on farmland when compared to rates on other income producing assets. These rates were put in effect over a century ago when the average farmer owned 40 acres and didn’t have a pot to piss in. Another reason, farm ground is kept artificially high through government subsidies on grain production, another outdated law meant to help the salt of the earth, the poor farmers. Do you think Bill Gates is driving a tractor and spraying roundup on his genetically modified soybeans and corn? Hell, no! He is renting out the farmland, generating a nice return on his investment, and by the way rent income is not subject to self employment taxes.

    Monopoly power was always the weakness of capitalism. Current billionaires today are a product government subsidies, barriers to entry, buying up competition, predatory pricing, favorable tax laws, etc, etc. Not because of free enterprise. At times in the past we had a robust antitrust legacy in this country. When things got bad and wealth was concentrated in a select few because of their monopoly power, we broke them up. This hasn’t happened in awhile.

  61. Agent76 says:
    @Desert Fox

    This is something very few realize or know Desert Fox.

    “Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.” Henry Kissenger

    January 11, 2021 Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner

    According to reporting by Wendy Culverwell in the Tri-City Herald, a 14,500-acre swath of choice Eastern Washington farmland in the Horse Heaven Hills of Benton County had just traded hands for almost \$171 million. That’s a ginormous deal, one that pencils out to almost \$12,000 per acre for a whole lot of acres.

    https://landreport.com/2021/01/bill-gates-americas-top-farmland-owner/

  62. I am speaking solely about Elon Musk (and others who may hold the same position). Even though Musk is anti-censorship (which I support), he is also a trans-humanist (which I do not support).

  63. @gotmituns

    I’m no commie either. I don’t need a billion dollars either –but a few million would be nice.

  64. Sarah says:

    “Controversy” is Musk’s shtick, and being a “free speech absolutist” serves his aim of winning popular consent for his billionairedom in exactly the same way profiteering from vaccines does for Bill Gates.

    While they are busy raking in billions more at our expense, we are busy dividing into Team Musk or Team Gates.

    👍👌👌👌

  65. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @gotmituns

    The workers were hired to perform a job in exchange for a receiving regular income, why should they get to own?

    The workers should share in the profits to consume, or to invest and lose it to the better investors?

    What does the necessities of life times 8 billion amount to?

    • Replies: @gotmituns
  66. @mulga mumblebrain

    “in my learned opinion”

    What a narcissistic Ass!

  67. anonym 22 says:

    “All billionaires are a threat”. Stupid vulgar reasoning. The billionaires who are championing open borders, multiculturalism, globalism, and wants a clampdown on free speech, are overwhelmingly parasitic, exploitative billionaires. Usurers, financial speculators and merchants, who’s daily “business” consists of cheating people out of money.

    Elon Musk is an industrialist – he’s rich because he has created enormous amounts of wealth – and has nothing in common with the parasite vermin on Wall Street and City of London.

    Bill Gates likewise, has earned his money honestly, and is, as fas as I can see, mostly occupied with Africa. At any rate, he doesn’t cause nearly as much damage as parasites like Soros, who seem hellbent on laying European society in ruins.

    Lumping together Musk, Gates and similar productive, wealth creating industrialists with financial predators, who produce nothing but debt, is stupid and muddies the picture. It’s the latter billionaires that needs to go, not the wealth creating ones.

  68. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mefobills

    Wealth/value is the fruits of labor (distilled labor)? Current money is just a device used to defraud the creators of wealth/value.

    The workers received an income for the work they performed? Musk didn’t labor, what did he do?

    Investors gave Musk more money so he could employ more workers who would do work in exchange for an income?

    • Replies: @Mefobills
  69. There is a threshold where you no longer own money……

    ….but your money owns you.

    I don’t envy those who end up passing over that threshold.

  70. Ace says:

    Bravo. A most insightful article. It’s more than just people trying to grapple with the propaganda waves that is skewed, it’s that the hourly environment in which citizens exist is a like out of a bad French surrealist movie from the ’60s. People who “identify” with a giraffe or the opposite sex or whose sexual practices are disgusting are worshipped and every political decision is in favor of war, the importation of millions of foreigners, the degradation of the Constitution, the destruction of economic opportunity and innovation, and the celebration of political, social and cultural ideas that any person with the sense that the Lord gave a duck can recognize as clinically insane. The descent from this billionaire dystopia into utter madness and suicide is like a crippled bomber descending on fire from the larger formation headed nowhere but into inevitable chaos. No wonder kids indulge in piercing, drugs, and turquoise hair. The cultural degradation is a closely-related but still ancillary phenomenon.

    However, please get over your “climate” hysteria. Between 125,00 and 15,000 years ago “the North Sea was about 450 feet lower than it is today.” Source: “Mapping a Vanished Landscape.” By Jason Urbanus, Archeology, March/April 2022, p. 58. Today, you can see dead trees 70 feet below the surface of Lake Michigan. So, please, get over the temperature rising .15 Celsius in the last 100 years and the sea levels rising by 5 cms. It’s not about CO2.

    Also, the oligarchs don’t have a policy of “austerity.” Rather, as always, they want to stuff themselves like a Christmas goose ad inf. and devil take the hindmost. They have precisely zero concern for consequences as the lunatic Congressional spenders and debt up jackers have demonstrated since the time of Nixon the First. “Austerity” is what you get when some responsible person — or person experiencing a fit of responsibility (or naked terror) — takes away the punchbowl by raising rates or reducing the speed of the entitlement express from 90 mph to 89.5 mph.

    • Agree: Bro43rd
  71. Free speech needs a shot in the arm…badly.

    No more getting “shots in arms” with the “vaccine” kill-shot.

    Thomas Huxley gathers the nasty evidence for us:

    “SMOKING GUNS ON THE COVID KILL-SHOT”

    First, and perhaps most damning of all, is Walgreens own aggregated data on their coronavirus testing in more than 5,000 of its stores. Walgreens has tested millions of people for coronavirus and here is the smoking graph, cited from their own data and on their own website.

    Simply put, the more vaccines you get, the more likely you will test positive for coronavirus. From Walgreens own data set. Oh, brother. Permanent pandemic. How convenient.

    As you can see from the graph, the dose makes the poison. People who have had 3 total shots (2 “vaccines” plus 1 “booster), especially more than 5 months ago, are about twice as likely to test positive for coronavirus as someone who has never been vaccinated (14.1% to 27.8%).

    Do you know what this means? It means radically altered lives, grandparents dying alone (still!), canceled airlines tickets, missed vacations, lost wages from work, bankruptcy, sickness suicide, and death. That’s what it means.

    https://thomashuxley.substack.com/p/smoking-guns-on-the-covid-kill-shot?s=w

  72. @anonym 22

    “All billionaires are a threat”. Stupid vulgar reasoning. The billionaires who are championing open borders, multiculturalism, globalism, and wants a clampdown on free speech, are overwhelmingly parasitic, exploitative billionaires. Usurers, financial speculators and merchants, who’s daily “business” consists of cheating people out of money.

    So where are the billionaires championing strong borders, national health, and family values? Why are there so many billionaires trying to “fix” the third world while treating their US and European (often White) workers like garbage?

    The billionaire is nearly always a globalist. They identity with a global anti-state position and ironically believe in using state resources to fund that position. Meaning they use their wealth to promote national spending on globalist ideals.

    Bill Gates likewise, has earned his money honestly, and is, as fas as I can see, mostly occupied with Africa.

    Earned his money honestly? He created a monopoly and was caught lying to the government in court. In fact he has been caught numerous times lying about supposedly unextractable aspects of Microsoft (ie can’t break it up for technical reasons). There is a long list of dirty accusations against MSFT. Bill is one of the most amoral businessmen of all time.

    After Bill made his money he decided that education could be fixed with libertarian theories since race can’t possibly exist. He was a key backer of common core and numerous charter school projects. Then all of a sudden he stops talking about education and goes back to funding his Malaria cure. Gee whiz Bill I thought you were going to fix the racial gap? What happened?

    This is another problem with billionaires. They can have a huge amount of influence in politics and with zero accountability. They are allowed to override experts and then when wrong they can shrug and find some new hobby or cause.

    I am with Cook on this one. Billionaires aren’t worth their egos. They sit on most of their wealth and don’t re-invest it into the system. Wealthy families of the past were typically broke by three generations. Too much wealth inequality ultimately favors the status quo which is globalist and anti-labor.

  73. Ace says:
    @Mr. Fussy

    Would that there is a one who indeed acts as a counterpoint. It’s a solid phalanx of subversion, treason, lies, and grift that we face. Mr. Musk is a refreshing stand out from the rest of the pack. God speed to him in his control of Twitter.

  74. @Rogue

    Of course, I knew he was talking rubbish at the time…

    Quite likely so did he.

    so-called Black “war veterans”

    Some of whom were born after the war ended.

    Oh, and “black” isn’t capitalized.

  75. bert33 says:

    Censorship is not limited to twitter, over the years various influences have made themselves felt which is why even here on unz they will moderate your responses to the posted articles before approving them to be published on their website. True free speech by the public, those people responding in these comment boxes, would be unregulated. Apparently there’s some kind of problem in this area. don’t blame musk because the problem appears to be a little closer to home. Much controversy today, the server back-end people at companies like facebook are actively diddling around in the public communications stream…read and participate at your own risk because multiple The Governments worldwide, china included, are reading right along with you and they have lawnforce to come and chat you up about your radical subversive nonconformist internet comments. 🙂

  76. @anonym 22

    “wealth creating industrialists”

    Musk wealth was created by the government subsidizing sales of electric vehicles. Without the subsidies, no Telsa.

    Gates did create the Windows operating system, way better than using DOS. But then he crushed software creators by providing Word and Excel for free on all desktop computers. Lottus 123, Wordperfect, Quatropro, all superior software at the time to Word and Excel, but could not compete with free, classic predatory pricing. Once all competitors gone, raise prices.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  77. gotmituns says:
    @Anon

    Sir, your ideas are wrong. Without labor, there is no product that brings in capitol/profit.

  78. You are a verboist-wordsprout; a linguist word sprouter. You write a 2000 word screed (happy to inform you I didn’t read it).
    Whatever your arguments are, you don’t have to read my posts, you can just ignore me. If I’m abusive block me. If you don’t agree, debate me. Do the same for all on Twitter. Simple, ain’t it??
    Just don’t get your panties in a twist and blame me for it.
    How do You know Elon is not different???

  79. @Sam Hildebrand

    Well technically the first windowing system came from Xerox but Gates was able to copy it and get his to market faster. That was all well documented in Triumph of the Nerds which is available online.

    No one is arguing that we should get rid of inventors or industrialists.

    But I don’t see the net value in allowing someone like Gates or Soros to have billions when they are driven by ego in the first place. They still get to be rich and famous but with fewer zeroes in a bank account that they barely touch.

    Soros has been funding left-wing prosecutors across the country and we don’t even know the extent of his dirty dollars. He could be the main funder of BLM, we really don’t know. He will probably leave billions to left-wing organizations that the right will be fighting for decades.

    Yet the capital worshipping sect of the right lines up on their knees to give him a tax break. It doesn’t make any sense. He made most of his money through a casino bet against the pound which is another problem with billionaires. They can influence the direction of the market and the FTC shrugs. It allows for amoral capital manipulation.

    I’m amazed we still have this debate since the capital worshipping conservatives have long lost the argument. Race was supposed to not exist and Africa was supposed to leap ahead since they weren’t burdened by government spending. In open debate the conservatives look like complete fools when it comes to fixing the third world through free market capitalism. They just mumble “must be socialism…derpa derp” even though not a single African country is close to outproducing the tiny nordic countries that have *GASP* public medicine.

    • Replies: @Ace
  80. Mefobills says:
    @Anon

    Is Musk laboring while sleeping, and making gains?

    If you read closely you would see that I differentiated wealth types.

    Musk will probably recycle his wealth back to society, and most likely will not buy gold plated yachts, or engage in conspicuous consumption.

    Yes, the current money system is fraudulent.

  81. @Been_there_done_that

    I have to agree too with Rogue. You look much more sane when not talking about Russia or Putin…

  82. @Mefobills

    For example, he thinks that money is distilled labor. It’s not. Money is law. In today’s world it comes into being at DEBT, which means there is a debt instrument. So, the money system is not distilled labor, it is money as debt which in turn is accounted for by double entry ledger mechanics. Musk didn’t “labor” for his billions, his employees did, and then “free markets” threw more money at him to then make gains.

    We have already discussed this. I agree that money must have law at its back, otherwise it isn’t simply reliable.
    But it must have real labor backing it, otherwise it is just empty inflationary paper. The point is, when someone is doing the labor (and Musk just sleeping while getting his share from all the thousands doing their work), there is creation of real assets, and the economy is being pumped. So, in a sense, that labor is indeed “distilling” the support for the money created.

    • Replies: @Stones
  83. But… but… Alisha Rosenbaum done told us that billionaires simply are the ones with the strongest wills and hence indeed way better than everybody else, and that the less fortunate deserve it to be trampled on as the proper punishment for being so feckless! And she MUSTA been right because nobody who can write a soliloquy of 40 pages can be wrong!
    I am confused. Do you guys suddenly attach moral aspects to money and to making money? Question the sanctity of pimps and Ponzi schemers? Ugh, that smells of the S-word!

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  84. For every Musk we get a dozen Gates types that want to transform society along their globalist ideals.

    Musk is only better than Gates and Soros by default. I really don’t see why so many here defend him.

    What has he done for South Africa? Like other expats he just pretends he was American the entire time. Basically abandoned the Whites that raised him.

    He has also pushed for climate change funding while sitting on billions.

    That is the most annoying thing about billionaires. They all have some cause they advocate for while not wanting to spend their own money. It’s so important that they want the Feds to run up even more debt.

    Who really needs more than 1 thousand million dollars? Someone with major ego issues. I don’t have a million dollars and yet I run out of things to ask for at Christmas. I can’t imagine having all that stuff. Seems like a job in itself. I assume most of these guys are really lacking downstairs.

    Gates looks like the nerd that was picked on in high school and still hasn’t gotten over it. Pathetic.

  85. ko says:

    George Monbiot is teeny weeny pussy boy with a .5 inch cocklet. If he hates Musk, I like Musk.

  86. Anonymous[313] • Disclaimer says:

    Who should be allowed to speak?

    For starters, it shouldn’t be anybody who askes the above question.

  87. SBaker says:

    I thought Dr. Unz was a billionaire. He sometimes seems to be a reasonable sort, outside some of his conspiracy thoughts.

  88. lloyd says: • Website
    @RJ Macready

    Elon Musk is a throw back to a mostly forgotten ideological group, Whigs. Most of the great British inventors that started the industrial revolution were Whigs. They were in rebellion against the oppressive English ruling institutions that proscribed freedom of speech in favour of conformity and class privilege. It is possible that Musk does not know or is perhaps finding out what he has got himself in for. Maybe like Ron Unz was or claims for rhetorical purposes to be, Musk genuinely doesn’t know or even heard about the great deceptions that have controlled public discourse and world politics. Until now he has not been know for political activism nor literary intellectual interests. He has taken this on as an impulsive act which is in his maverick character. It may bring about his extinction or his immortality.

    • Replies: @RJ Macready
  89. @Gaylord of the German Gaylands

    But… but… Alisha Rosenbaum done told us that billionaires simply are the ones with the strongest wills and hence indeed way better than everybody else

    Yes and she said they get to make their own rules in a borderless capitalist world. They can make whatever products they want and use any chemicals no matter how dangerous. That is their right by her decree.

    Well except for Israel. She said they can have borders because that’s different.

    The US and Europe are supposed to open their borders and let billionaires rule over them. What a gal.

  90. @Agent76

    The UN announced that the UN Secretary General and WEF with Klaus Schwab are going to speed up the UN Agenda 2030. I do not know if you gave googled and read UN Agenda 2030 but it goes along with what you mentioned, the aim to starve us to death, their covid-19 scam and psyop and the MRNA injections are not killing us fast enough.

  91. @mulga mumblebrain

    “…became a standard hate propaganda trope…”

    You should check your (mis)understanding of the word “trope”. I have seen the word hundreds of times on message boards and never once was it used correctly. It doesn’t mean that which you think it does. People are idiots; no need to join them.

    • Replies: @JWalters
  92. anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Correct about ecological collapse…

    The earth doesn’t collapse.
    Life recycles, rejuvenates, continues.
    Fools and liars for the manipulators blather on.

    • Replies: @JM
  93. anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Agent76

    Seven examples supporting abortions should be
    a community obligation through the 100th year.

  94. JWalters says:
    @acementhead

    mulga mumblebrain’s use of “trope” is correct. He is saying a false accusation of genocide is a standard use of the image/concept of genocide to demonize an opponent.

    The parallel is seen in the concept of an “anti-Semitic trope”, which involves applying a standard negative stereotype (e.g. dual loyalty) of Jews to someone. More examples are given here.
    An idiot’s guide to anti-Semitic tropes
    https://www.jta.org/2019/02/19/opinion/an-idiots-guide-to-anti-semitic-tropes-2

    As a side note, if you think someone is mistaken, why not explain the correction, instead of merely belittling them?

    • Replies: @acementhead
  95. Stones says:

    Read a couple of paragraphs. I thought all true commies were extinct. Thanks for making it obvious that at least one is still alive. Envy is a meager nutrient.

  96. Atle says:

    Every time I hear about the value of a wealth tax, having the government take away a few billion from the ultra wealthy – surely they won’t miss it – I think where it would inevitably go: to greater government spending to buy more votes and produce more drags on society. I’ll take Musk.

  97. Stones says:
    @DevilAdvocate

    But it must have real labor backing it, otherwise it is just empty inflationary paper. The point is, when someone is doing the labor (and Musk just sleeping while getting his share from all the thousands doing their work), there is creation of real assets, and the economy is being pumped. So, in a sense, that labor is indeed “distilling” the support for the money created

    .

    If, when money is created through debt, and backed only by the full faith and credit of the USA without gold or silver backing, would it not be fair for those who back the new money to be payed for that backing? Without that backing, which is a promise that depends on the brawn and brain of the population, the new money would be worthless, wouldn’t it?.

    If so, I want my cut.

    BTW, as an engineer, I revere Elon’s skill, insight, and energy to accomplish what he has done. Amazing. Let him make a million or two while he sleeps.

    • Replies: @DevilAdvocate
  98. JM says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    Yes, it’s a well broadcast lie. One of their biggest. But it’s very profitable too, to ‘ameliorate’…to finance the reconstruction of a more less competitive western market economies in dynamic equilibrium that has produced the most efficient way to operate all technologies…and by Government enforced laws, without which the market would over-ride the bullshit. It also provides ideal smokescreen behind which the owners of the global cartel can achieve higher and higher monopoly prices, not to mention control over everything that moves.

    One thing that is amusing is how “department heads” in national governments pretend they are developing genius green policies when in fact they are pawns of world government.

  99. JM says:
    @anon

    Too true. Nor is “Sustainability” a valid concept. But it’s like a bad tune that all the morons who push the fraud can march to.

  100. Let’s not discuss how the corporate system provides racketeering methods to asshats such as Jeff Bezos, George Soros, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and all the other human plantation owners. Let’s point fingers at the players – whilst looking in the mirror…

  101. @Stones

    If, when money is created through debt, and backed only by the full faith and credit of the USA without gold or silver backing

    The question we have to ask is: what does really mean the full faith and credit of the USA? Or of any other country or large entity ?
    To me, that means this entity has a capacity (present or future) of creating real assets, of producing goods (and services) which in turn will be consumed, cancelling then the debt created. That is the required backing we’re talking.
    If that entity does not have that capacity, by itself or through others, to create those assets, then the money created is not backed by anything, it’s just worthless paper.
    This is being ever more the case with USA, first they had the capacity by themselves (with their industrial productive structure), then relied on the capacity of others (by making them produce goods for USA and imposing widespread use of dollar). Now, the first is gone, and if the latter fails too, the castle of cards will crumble down…

    If so, I want my cut.

    You’ll have it (or not) in the measure the entity of which you are part can indeed create those assets, AND in the measure the system sees you worth of receiving your due share.

  102. @Liosnagcat

    Another EXCELLENT video on the fraud of “climate change” –

  103. Ace says:
    @John Johnson

    ** the capital worshipping sect of the right **

    I have no idea where you got this absurd “sect” idea. Who’s in it?

  104. Musk Must Mobilize The FREE SPEECH ARMY immediately!

    Comcast must be crushed, and Musk seems to have been angered by the nasty scum that put out that NBC propaganda crud.

    It is time for Musk to call up the FREE SPEECH ARMY to crush Comcast/NBC.

    I met Tulsi Gabbard at a presidential primary town hall event and she is a nice lady of forthright bearing and calm demeanor.

    Tulsi Gabbard has a sister and they made a good comedy team on the campaign trail and Tulsi and her sister looked like they were having good fun together on the campaign trail.

    It made my blood boil when the horrible slobs at Comcast NBC mistreated Tulsi Gabbard. The Comcast NBC globalizer goons are just propaganda agents of the JEW/WASP Ruling Class of the American Empire and it’s clear to me that the Comcast NBC propaganda agents put the interests of Israel ahead of the interests of the USA and that Gabbard puts the interests of the USA first.

    FREE SPEECH ARMY IS ON THE MARCH!

    [MORE]

    We need a militia-type old stocker aware military command structure to protect and advance free speech and the Comcast NBC globalizer goons are in the way of free speech.

    Initial funding for the FREE SPEECH ARMY could be provided by the Pewitt Conjured Loot Portion(PCLP).

    Pewitt Conjured Loot Portion(PCLP) further explained:

    The Pewitt Conjured Loot Portion(PCLP) will pay each American who has all blood ancestry born in colonial America or the USA before 1924 a cool ten thousand dollars a month. The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank shall work together to conjure up the cash out of thin air, just like the ruling class is doing now.

    Nigel Farage got a big reaction out of his People’s Army rhetoric and the FREE SPEECH ARMY might have polemical legs in the USA.

    [MORE]

    Tweet from 2015:

  105. @JWalters

    Thank you.

    I’ve looked at my comment and can’t see the belittling. I agree with almost everything that Mulga writes and have probably expended a greater number of my precious “Agree” buttons on hir than anyone else.

    Thanks for the comment.

    • Thanks: JWalters
  106. @lloyd

    Incredible comment Lloyd. I had heard the term whigs-I will research on it. And what you wrote makes a lot of sense- It seems like he randomly drifted into this Twitter thing which will be the start of his legacy-for good or bad. But he did make a tweet where he said he started as a liberal and slowly with time has gone to the right( as have I and I’d say many others) so I think subconsciously at least he knows the war he has chosen. Now lets see how it goes. Not that I am a huge fan of trump but imagine Trump and Elon teaming up! They can reinvigorate the conservative party of America and indeed all of western culture.

  107. @Agent76

    How did Gates get so much money?
    Answer: Through his government supported digital virus business!
    In coercion especially “The West” (occupied) got stripped for that Jewish sucker & Cons.
    That is a real “Diesel scandal” no one dares to bring to the forefront.
    Gates is a deeply criminal rip off merchant so successful with digital viruses that they got the taste to run the biological virus scam even bigger.

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