I am taking the liberty to claim this time period, 1980-20??, as the Age of Absurdity!
Throughout history of recorded human activity, we group time periods by major and species’ defining moments and advancements in technology, literature, economics, conflict/war and even in terms of health, i.e.) pandemics!
Some of the most notable and recognizable times and their associated phrases would be the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Hopefully your time in school was productive and your history teachers were actually good at their jobs and you know when each of those time periods were, why they’re important and what it meant to humanity.
There are of course, several other ‘Ages’ to refer to but I will assume I need not list those; feel free to think of others on your own and hopefully not make ‘an ass of me and you’.
Let’s re-focus on today, that is 1980-2020, the Age of Absurdity. I picked 1980 because that really was the year that this whole time period solidified itself as the ‘system’, or the ‘way’ we live; and yes, for those of you thinking about it, it was the year Ronald Reagan became president.
Reagan brought with him a new and aggressive style of conservatism that is the hallmark and foundation of the current conservative movement, even in the Trump era.
How to define the pillars of Reagan’s philosophy, his presidency and ‘Reaganomics’ can be difficult as he had and still has legions of fans and worshipers who aggressively defend and define him and his time in office. I’m sure it’s quite clear too you I’m not a fan and have already ruffled a few feathers in some of my earlier posts, but truth be told, I don’t care, and here is why:
Reaganomics and conservative economic orthodoxy is a failure! Worse yet, it’s a shell game, it’s a con!
I don’t believe Reagan stated out a liar, but he sure as hell ended as one. At the end of his presidency in 1989, he/we had more than enough evidence and real economic data to show what ‘trickle down economics’ was really all about and how it actually worked in the real world.
I have completely changed my opinion of him over the last few weeks. Going from “I think Elon Musk is exceptionally smart, somewhat charismatic and a fascinating guy: he does have faults however, many of them. As for Tesla as a company, I hope they make it. The industry needs Tesla and companies like it to not just shake up the industry but to move it forward.” to, this guy has to go!
Elon is still a smart guy with charisma, sort of, just very odd and awkward. The fascination though, it’s over. I know who and what he is now, and it aint pretty, and to be honest, it’s tired and formulaic.
And please stop with the bullshit over how he’s just trying to save mother earth. Stop lying to us and yourself! He’s just another asshole trying to get rich(er).
How ‘pray-tell’ doth thou knowith? More Olde English than Bronze Age but this is how;
First is my experience with guys just like him. Usually men but let’s not fool ourselves ladies, given the opportunity and chance to act and be the same, you do the exact and same things: greed and selfishness are an equal opportunity pursuit.
These are the guys who are entrepreneurs, built the business from the ground up. It’s their sweat equity and hard work that got ‘their baby’ where it is today. And while that’s not untrue, it does leave out all the others who helped along the way and completely ignores the real world and the little lucky events and encounters that paved the way forward to success.
I’m not convinced that this insular arrogance isn’t necessary to get a project or company off the ground and going, in fact I think it’s completely needed. You have to have someone totally sold and 100% committed to the goal in order to move anything forward.
But, and it’s a big but, that insular arrogance and pure selfishness can be deadly at a certain point. The illusion of control, control of others and the world at large is quite common in these types of people. We have almost endless examples of founders/CEO’s/Executive board members who just know better than anyone and everyone else. Sometimes that’s true but all too often, it simply isn’t!
That’s how egos get fed and destroy companies and even movements. Elon Musk has sold the idea of saving the planet through EV’s. That’s a Nobel cause and I don’t mind if he gets rich doing so. I am however, not convinced that BEV’s are the future or good for mother Earth in the long run or by any means, the be all end all of our transportation needs.
Listening to Musk and his worshipers though, it’s easy to fall into that trap and bind yourself to one man and his one solution. It’s not a marriage and he doesn’t love you: he just needs you to spend your money.
Proof is in the pudding. COVID-19 is deadly; it can literally take your life! We all know this, Elon knows this. The risk of surrounding yourself with other humans, like say at work, on a car production line, is gambling with not just your life, but those who you surround yourself with. Say family or friends and any other human being you come in close proximity too.
Knowing all of that, Elon Musk gambled with the lives of his employees; Why?
Then, this morning, came this story on Jalopnik:
I had forgotten about his crazy compensation package details so thanks to Justin Westbrook for reminding us and bringing this up.
My first reaction was to say, out loud, WTF!
Now, there wasn’t really anyway Elon could have foreseen a pandemic in 2020 when he signed this deal, 2-ish years ago. So it is just bad timing and uncanny circumstance that put him and the company in this position. It was a terrible and greedy problematic deal to start with and the circumstances in April of 2020 just expose this even further and highlight what a charlatan Elon Musk really is.
“Importantly for Musk, its stock market value reached a six-month average of $96 billion. Hitting a six-month average of $100 billion would trigger the vesting of the first of 12 tranches of options granted to the billionaire to buy Tesla stock as part of his two-year-old pay package.”
This is key to the entire story, and how much do you want to bet that we’ll soon see a tweet or interview or story on Musk that ‘bumps’ the stock price? I wonder if you go back and look at the public statements and posts, Twitter, IG, official company press releases and announcements or any other ‘public’ statements, that you could match and correlate them to stock prices and compensation clauses in his contract.
I mean come on, $758 Million. Are you fucking kidding me? Even if the pandemic wasn’t going on this would be beyond absurd.
Elon Musk is just another empty vacuous greedy charlatan. He’s taken us all for a ride and at some point the music stops and all of this will end. Smoke and mirrors has gotten him this far. How much farther will we let him take us?