Elon Musk: The Charles Lindbergh, Adolf Hitler and Howard Hughes of The 21st Century?
Elon Musk is probably the most extraordinary figure of the 21st century, three decades in.
If you weren’t familiar with the dude prior to 2022, his acquisition of Twitter did more than ensure that his influence on our lives was beyond doubt.
That we all live in an Elon Musk world is an incontestable fact.
And a scary one too.
Since his purchase of the social media giant last year, we have been embroiled in two major wars, which are showing no signs of abating any time soon.
And his role in aiding and abetting the current negativity is worth scrutinizing.
The Israeli genocide in Gaza has attracted far more coverage than any other topic over the last month. With the mainstream news channels loath to provide objective news and analysis, millions of folks have turned to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Threads and TikTok for the latest information.
And these players have taken full advantage of this sea change in different ways.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have seen Musk actively promote far right conspiracy views on his platforms.
Our man has never been above spreading George Soros conspiracy theories, which have been doing the rounds for a very long time and the South-African born plutocrat has also tweeted in support of white pride.
And when we go back in time, Musk also did speak of his support of the Great Replacement Theory — an idea which was influential in the Buffalo shooter, targeting African-Americans in May 2022.
A few days ago, a young English Footballer —Bukayo Saka — was subjected to horrific racial abuse and when it was reported, what punishment was meted out to the offending party?
It would seem that extreme right have been powerfully emboldened by the owner of what used to be the most powerful social media platform.