My Considered Reply to Elon Musk’s Peace Plan
Elon Musk, a multi-billionaire who has devoted his whole adult life to getting as rich as possible, often by selling out all free market principles to gain government protections and special government contracts, and an overgrown baby who flirts with libertarianism in the post-Ayn-Rand-follower sense, i.e., freedom redefined as license to indulge in recreational drugs and have all the mindless fun you want “as long as you’re not hurting anyone,” has flown his very own peace plan for ending the war in Ukraine, which just happens to be the kind of peace plan that would give the Kremlin tremendous cover for getting out of Putin’s quagmire with some semblance of an “achievement” to sell to the slaves back home, while requiring Ukraine to forfeit Crimea and any other portion of its territory that is alleged to have voted for Russian annexation under UN-supervised referenda.
For what it is worth, I would like to offer my entirely personal response to Musk’s proposal (a proposal which Jordan Peterson, another Putin-apologist-of-convenience, will probably praise as brilliant, since Musk is rich, which in Peterson’s absurdist psychological theorizing proves he is a genius — except that the fame whore Peterson might refrain from praising the plan too loudly after seeing the heat Musk took on social media).
My response to Musk’s idea:
Humans must stop letting billionaire businessmen and ephemeral pop entertainers tell us how we ought to live, what we ought to believe, or — worst of all — how our world ought to be governed. These people have far too much sway as it is, given that they have overtly devoted their lives to exactly the sorts of endeavors and goals that would explicitly disqualify them from serious consideration on any topic related to the good, social well-being, or moral considerations, if we lived in a world with even a scintilla of rationality or decency left in it. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and the rest of the would-be world-controllers-for-material-gain ought to be met with ridicule and mockery every time they dare to open their mouths in public about any topic other than the one thing they might reasonably be presumed to know about, namely how to make insane amounts of money by manipulating populations and governments alike into believing they need things they obviously do not need.
Should Elon Musk be allowed to declare his preferred “peace plan” openly, in a public forum? Of course. But it no more follows that anyone should care about that public statement, let alone take it seriously, than it follows from the fact that I, who have never owned or driven a car, should be permitted to discuss the relative merits of electric and gas-powered vehicles, that I ought to be hailed as an expert on cars or appointed chief adviser to the president of Ford Motor Company.
In short, Elon Musk has given his life to the god of material profit. He is therefore by self-definition and character almost the worst kind of person to turn to for wisdom on matters of the human good. Not the worst — just down near the bottom.