Elon Musk’s confessions at Babylon Bee

Posted on December 26, 2021


This Sunday, Elon Musk sat down with Seth Dillon, president of satirical site Babylon Bee, as well as Kyle Mann and Ethan Nicolle for an in-depth interview about taxes, the Metaverse, the role of government, and how the left kills comedy.

Elon Musk is an entrepreneur. He is the founder, president and chief engineer of SpaceX, initial investor, president and product architect of Tesla, Inc., founder of The Boring Company, co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI.

With an estimated net worth of around $265 billion as of December 2021, he is the richest person in the world.

The interview is very long (and U.S. law only permits partial reproduction of excerpts anyway to “commentary, critical, research, teaching, or reporting work.”) and covers many subjects but the readers of Counterpoints may wish to read a few brief excerpts translated into French:

  • “Tesla is worth a trillion dollars in the public market. And I own 20% of the company. [Ma richesse] does not correspond to hoarding. […] It’s just that […] 20% of $1 trillion in valuation equals $200 billion. »
  • “SpaceX and Tesla have come close to bankruptcy several times. And even when bankruptcy was literally weeks away, I didn’t sell any stocks. »
  • “I built both of these businesses and it was extremely difficult, incredibly painful and rewarding too. »
  • “This year, I am literally paying more taxes than anyone in history” [NdT : 15 milliards de dollars soit à peu près le PIB du Brunei, de Madagascar, de la Jamaïque ou de la Mongolie.]

On leftism:

  • ” The wokeness (awakening) allows one to be wicked and cruel while being armored with false virtue. »
  • ” The wokeness is a source of division, exclusion and hatred. »
  • “I’m not perverse enough [pour aller sur CNN]. »

On the role of the state:

  • “Those who don’t like business shouldn’t think that the state is much better. It is the ultimate company with a monopoly on violence. »
  • “If you have a monopoly private company, the incentive to serve the customer is weak, but at least the private companies can go bankrupt while the state cannot. »
  • “I think I’m pretty moderate. I’m not some kind of extreme libertarian. I think that certain missions can be devolved to the State. As I don’t think we necessarily want a private army or a private police force [… ] There are, you know, some things that probably belong to the state, but whatever it does is going to be inefficient because of its monopoly. »
  • “You might ask ‘what percentage of economic output should go to the state?’ “, You know. And, maybe, maybe, a third party or something. You know, once you start going over 50% state, I think it’s problematic. »
  • “Knowing that the state is as inefficient as any big monopoly business would be – and it is the ultimate big monopoly business – we must minimize what it does, limit it to what is essential and not go beyond. »

On the environment :

  • “Earth is far from overpopulated, far, far from overpopulated. »
  • ” The wokeness is a widespread mental virus and arguably one of the greatest threats to human civilization. The lack of children too. If you just look at birth rate statistics, you can predict what the future will look like by checking how many children were born last year. […] You don’t have to be a statistician or anything like that. You could just check the number of births last year, the trend is well below the replacement rate. In many countries, rates have long been much lower. »
  • “To minimize chemical changes in the atmosphere and oceans it is necessary to shift to sustainable energy production and consumption […] mainly solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric and nuclear energy. Even though they are closing all the nuclear power plants, which they shouldn’t! So yeah, you can sort of cross those off the list. It would simply be necessary to maintain nuclear power, […] unless a plant is located in an area of ​​major natural disasters, instability or the like. No one wants to be the victim of a disaster, but such a risk does not exist in France or Germany, so nuclear energy is very safe there. »

On politics:

  • [Si j’étais président des États-Unis]I would probably aspire to reduce the size of the state, look at the regulatory situation and just make sure I have the right sorting out when it comes to regulations. […] In civilizations that age without war, new laws and regulations are created every year so there are more and more constraints on what you can do but very little effort is made to remove the laws and regulations . It is therefore like an atherosclerosis of civilization. Like Gulliver, you’re just tied down by thousands of little ropes, and it’s not like one particular rope is the problem, but there are so many that you can’t do anything about it. You know that’s one of the reasons I moved to Texas. There are just fewer strings tying you down. »
  • “California used to be the land of opportunity and now it has increasingly become the land of excessive regulation, litigation and taxation. »

Finally, as the French prepare to choose their next five-year dictator – from among an old trade unionist, two enarques, a fishmonger, a journalist, and a dozen parasites – I will end these short quotes by leaving readers with Counterpoints ponder the ideal president:

  • “In politics, the value of a very competent leader is underestimated in a president. How good you are at handling things. And move them forward. Because if you’re the president, you’re kind of like the CEO of the country. »

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