Wednesday, July 18, 2018


So this is rather telling, in my opinion. It deals with the left and how they "think".

Elon Musk is a billionaire and the 53rd richest man on the planet. He got that way creating a computer company which was bought by Compaq and then creating an online payment system which became Paypal. From there, he created Telsa, Space-X and some other things. Musk has never been a noted darling of the left, but they've generally liked what he does. For example, they see the creation of Tesla as environmentally friendly because Tesla makes electric cars -- environmentally disastrous electric cars... but it's the label that counts on the left. He's big on solar power, roofs in particular, and claims he could power up Puerto Rico, which the evil Donald Trump plunged into darkness so he could kill brown people and eat their hearts.

They like that he on-again, off-again dates a #metoo chickie. They like that he wants to build an underground high-speed train from LA to New York. They like that he wets himself over artificial intelligence. He supports "direct democracy" and a universal income. And he resigned from some panel Trump put him on after Trump withdrew from the Paris environmental treaty. So not bad.

Well, last week, Musk volunteered to send a mini-sub to help the kids in the cave in Thailand. Somehow (not sure), this turned into a pissing match with one of the divers and Musk eventually called him a "pedo" and expressed doubt that the man was even one of the divers. Whoops. For whatever reason, this stupidity has been declared double-plus bad and the left has now decided to turn against Musk. They are fickle indeed.

So suddenly, this weekend, a whole series of nearly identical opinion pieces spread throughout leftist land all attacking Musk. Interestingly, the same day these came out, the same journals all posted one other little piece of information (//whisper whisper): did you know that Elon Musk donated to Republicans in the last election cycle?

I find this fascinating.

Not only do we have yet another example of the left producing group think articles all at the same time, but it seems that whatever his crime was, it wasn't enough without the addition that Musk donates to Republicans (no mention is made that he actually donates to both). Clearly, the leftist elite aren't selling the idea that the drones should hate Musk for what he said or did, they are telling the drones, "Here is another Republican CEO we need to destroy," and his actual crime seems largely irrelevant -- calling some guy in Thailand a pedo. In other words, it's not enough that he did something wrong, he needs to be seen as an evil person, an enemy. That's how the left works.

You know, except for the fringe right (and now the Anti-Trumps), you don't see that on the right. The right judges people on their actions. The left judges people on their correctness as a person. This is important to understand because it means that you can't appease the left with an apology or corrective action. It also means they don't judge people fairly, as we see all the time.

Musk has now apologized, but we'll see. He seems to be targeted for destruction now. I'll be curious how this plays out.


tryanmax said...

I can't tell what the Left thinks about Musk. You're certainly right that he's no darling. He takes endless flack for shooting a car into space. (How many poor trans kids of color could he have given hormone therapy to with that money?)

Frankly, I think part of the reason the Left has turned again on Musk has less to do with him calling someone a pedo without any basis, and more that he used "pedo" as a pejorative.

Anthony said...

If you're tied to a company unless you are hired to be controversial (say, a talk radio or late nite tv host) the company and its investors don't want you calling people 'pedos' or 'asshats' or what have you.

Both fringes do a lot of whining about how common decency/basic business sense is horribly unfair and shows how much bias there is against them.

Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet has fired two of its developers, following a disagreement with a streamer on Twitter. Narrative designer Jessica Price and Peter Fries, a writer who’d been with ArenaNet for more than 12 years, were dismissed for what ArenaNet is calling “a [failure] to uphold our standards of communicating” with the game’s players.


*Shrugs* Social media is the graveyard of many a jerk and many more will be buried there.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, That could be. It's hard to tell what his supposed crime really is other than donating to Republicans. He tried apologizing today, but I don't see any evidence that anyone cares. Like I said, I'll be curious to see what happens as this goes forward.

AndrewPrice said...

Anthony, It strikes me that these sorts of "crimes" are only crimes when either (1) they become a national outrage, or (2) they want to get rid of these people in the first place, and this just becomes a pretext.

What I find interesting about Musk is not whatever he supposedly did wrong, but the fact that his donating to Republicans became an(the) important point in his excommunication.

AndrewPrice said...

Fox is talking about an article about George Soros in which he says he doesn't want to be a Democrat and that Obama was his "greatest disappointment." They've completely misinterpreted the article.

I'll discuss the article in a couple days.

Anonymous said...

I read about the Soros remark at Louder With Crowder. The article had a picture of Soros, who is EIGHTY SEVEN years old. The first thing that popped spontaneously into my head was the scene from The Crow where Fun Boy screams at Eric Draven "Don't ya ever fu--in' die!?"

AndrewPrice said...

GypsyTyger, LOL!

I'll write about the Soros interview. What Fox suggests is misleading, but the article still had a lot of fascinating moments. Soros (and his adoring interviewer) really sees himself completely different than he is -- he's like most far-left leftists, he thinks he's a moderate. He's also sad that he's losing all around the world, which makes me happy.

tryanmax said...

Andrew, you tease! I have to wait a whole day?

Critch said...

The Koch Brothers used to be the Left's favorite bad guys, until they found out they were "never Trumpers". The Lefties still don't love the Kochs, but they don't talk bad about them anymore. Liberalism is along with a mental derangement, a home for ingrained hypocrisy.

AndrewPrice said...

tryanmax, Sorry, It will need to wait until Monday. Life is getting in the way again. I will write it soon though.

If you're interested in the article itself, here's the link: LINK

tryanmax said...

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

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