Yesterday, I gave Elon Musk a standing ovation for his pro-freedom comments on Twitter. Many of you did, as well, seeing as how the article got a lot of attention on Twitter with likes and retweets.
Elon Musk Goes All-in on Lifting Restrictions, Demands We "Free America" and Praises Texas https://t.co/6Sukpb8e2d
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) April 29, 2020
Many of you had a similar reaction to Musk’s words. “I don’t like him but I agree with him here.” However, many people on the left side of things had a reaction that is pretty typical for a leftist to have.
“He only cares about money!”
Also he gets paid putting his slaves back to work
— Scott Thorpe (@sthorpe) April 29, 2020
Oh really the business man wanted restrictions lifted. Really!
— Hezza (@Hezza7) April 29, 2020
Of course he did, poor minions have to work to make money for the Rich
— Mary galwey (@marygalwey32) April 29, 2020
Musk is a poacher
— Travis Jameson (@TravisJameson5) April 29, 2020
money is apparently harder to cure than mortality. It makes sense that anyone who is making money off of others could care less if they live or die after they make a payment
— Spartichaos.com (Chris) (@cmpowers81) April 29, 2020
Let’s say that Musk is only saying these things because he wants to make money and that the safety of people isn’t really his concern.
If that’s the case, then it certainly would reflect badly on Musk. Thankfully, the fatality rate of the virus isn’t even a quarter of the original projections. Regardless, it doesn’t really change the fact that his “free America,” pro-business stance isn’t a positive force in the country.
As I’ve written before, the people and the economy are one and the same:
People thrive when the economy thrives because the economy and the people are one and the same. That graph you see of the market’s ups and downs isn’t just a series of numbers, it’s our collective heartbeat. When people say they want to get the economy back on track, they mean the well being and health of the people. The economy is our vehicle to not only comfort and wealth but health as well. When our economy thrives, our medical system does too. New technologies are developed that improve treatments and life expectancy. In a world where AOC runs the economy, medical systems stagnate at a certain level and healthcare has to be rationed.
The open flow of money from one hand to another allows for the greater advancement of our country and humanity to boot. Opening up the money spigot all the way also means more money for the poor through the common phenomenon known as capitalism and free markets. Even less-fortunate people in America can have a communication/information device with more processing power than space shuttles thanks to this system.
In order for that to happen, men like Musk must be able to do business. Love him or hate him, he is a man who holds the well being of thousands in his hands. His products may change the world for the better. Not only is he employing people and paying them for helping him do so, he may soon find himself perfecting his product to make it more affordable and easier to access.
Other men like Musk are also doing the same, driving the employees they pay to create competition, further driving down costs and perfecting technologies.
At this time, we have stagnated. Tech isn’t advancing, the things these men produce aren’t being produced, and, as such, our options are shrinking. The first to be affected will be the poor that many people who hate Musk claim they care about.
It’s always been amazing to me that the very people who despise the system they’ve benefited so much from and blame for all the world’s ills is the very system that has lifted the lowest of us into heights people in lesser systems could only ever dream of. Sure, capitalism can create monstrous people and has its negatives. The free market can sometimes be unfair.
However, it’s far fairer than any other system and even the monstrous men it creates can go on to change the world. For all intents and purposes, Steve Jobs was a real piece of crap but, thanks to the capitalist system, this piece of crap changed our lives for the better. Musk is known as a guy who works his employees to the bone and can be a bit on the erratic side. He’s also the man paving the way for great advancements that may lead to solutions that improve the lives of everyone on the globe.
In order for that to happen, business needs to happen. Money needs to flow.
The fastest way to help people you claim to care for is to let those billionaires make money.