Bernie Sanders VS Elon Musk: Greed and the Contribution of a “Fair Share”

Bernie Sanders VS Elon Musk: Greed and the Contribution of a “Fair Share”

It’s common to hear the liberal and progressive crowd decry the immorality of wealth inequality, remark on the inherent greed of the “1%,” and peddle grievances to the most privileged generation of the most privileged nation in world history. Unfortunately for them, creditability matters, and the thought leaders of the democratic socialists movement just don’t have it. Let’s compare the contributions to society, and the morality of the career choices of Elon Musk to those of Bernie Sanders…

Elon Musk, 50 “is an entrepreneur and business magnate. He is the founder, CEO and Chief Engineer at SpaceX; early stage investor, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc.; founder of The Boring Company; and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI.”

Elon Musk in Florida in 2018. It was launch day for a rocket built by his company SpaceX, which became the first private company to launch a spacecraft that powerful. Credit…Todd Anderson for The New York Times

“At age 12 he created a video game and sold it to a computer magazine. In 1995 he founded Zip2, a company that provided maps and business directories to online newspapers. In 1999 Zip2 was bought by the computer manufacturer Compaq for $307 million, and Musk then founded an online financial services company, X.com, which later became PayPal, which specialized in transferring money online. The online auction eBay bought PayPal in 2002 for $1.5 billion.”

“Dissatisfied with the great expense of rocket launchers he founded Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to make more affordable rockets in 2002. Its first two rockets were the Falcon 1 (first launched in 2006) and the larger Falcon 9 (first launched in 2010), which were designed to cost much less than competing rockets. A third rocket, the Falcon Heavy (first launched in 2018), was designed to carry 117,000 pounds (53,000 kg) to orbit, nearly twice as much as its largest competitor, the Boeing Company’s Delta IV Heavy, for one-third the cost. SpaceX has announced the successor to the Falcon 9 and the Falcon Heavy: the Super Heavy–Starship system. The Super Heavy first stage would be capable of lifting 100,000 kg (220,000 pounds) to low Earth orbit. The payload would be the Starship, a spacecraft designed for providing fast transportation between cities on Earth and building bases on the Moon and Mars. SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft, which carries supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Dragon can carry as many as seven astronauts, and it had a crewed flight carrying astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken to the ISS in 2020. Musk sought to reduce the expense of spaceflight by developing a fully reusable rocket that could lift off and return to the pad it launched from. Beginning in 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper rocket made several short flights to test such technology. In addition to being CEO of SpaceX, Musk was also chief designer in building the Falcon rockets, Dragon, and Grasshopper.”

“In 2004 he became one of the major funders of Tesla Motors (later renamed Tesla), an electric car company founded by entrepreneurs Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. In 2006 Tesla introduced its first car, the Roadster, which could travel 245 miles (394 km) on a single charge. Unlike most previous electric vehicles, which Musk thought were stodgy and uninteresting, it was a sports car that could go from 0 to 60 miles (97 km) per hour in less than four seconds. In 2010 the company’s initial public offering raised about $226 million. Two years later Tesla introduced the Model S sedan, which was acclaimed by automotive critics for its performance and design. The company won further praise for its Model X luxury SUV, which went on the market in 2015. The Model 3, a less-expensive vehicle, went into production in 2017. Dissatisfied with the projected cost ($68 billion) of a high-speed rail system in California, Musk in 2013 proposed an alternate faster system, the Hyperloop, a pneumatic tube in which a pod carrying 28 passengers would travel the 350 miles (560 km) between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 35 minutes at a top speed of 760 miles (1,220 km) per hour, nearly the speed of sound. Musk claimed that the Hyperloop would cost only $6 billion and that, with the pods departing every two minutes on average, the system could accommodate the six million people who travel that route every year. However, he stated that, between running SpaceX and Tesla, he could not devote time to the Hyperloop’s development.”

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Bernie Sanders, 80 “Born into a working-class Jewish family and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, (No notable accomplishments) Sanders attended Brooklyn College before graduating from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student, he was a protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. (No notable accomplishments, inventions or business’ or jobs created) After settling in Vermont in 1968, he ran unsuccessful third-party political campaigns in the early to mid-1970s. He was elected mayor of Burlington in 1981 as an independent and was reelected three times. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, representing Vermont’s at-large congressional district, later co-founding the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He served as a U.S. Representative for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Sanders was reelected to the Senate in 2012 and 2018. He chaired the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee from 2013 to 2015. In January 2021, Sanders became chair of the Senate Budget Committee.”

Does Demagoguery and grievance peddling help people?

To put it briefly, Elon Musk has made essentially all of his money by innovation and the processes of production and voluntary exchange. Revolutionizing industry after industry to more efficiently serve the needs and desires of consumers, and businesses. And currently employs over 110,000 people worldwide.

Aside from a few short terms of employment for others in his early 20’s, Bernie Sanders has never engaged in the production and exchange process, never generated wealth for another, has never created an original product, or started a business. He has instead been a professional activist, protest organizer, and propagandist. The vast bulk of his career has been spent living off of the back of the tax-payers. Almost all of his income has come in from his career in politics, in the form of money confiscated from constituents by the heavy hand of government. And throughout his decades in federal office he has only been a primary sponsor of 8 passing bills, 2 of which have been to rename post-offices. The only jobs Bernie Sanders has independently created were during his political campaign. And even these jobs stirred up controversy when it was discovered that his campaign workers were paid less than the $15 an hour minimum wage, so loudly proposed by Sanders himself.

“Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform.”

Anyone with shred of common sense can see that in terms of measurable contributions to society, Bernie Sanders has done remarkably less than average, while Elon Musk has created more game-changing innovations to improve society than almost anyone in history. In terms of morality, Elon Musk has solved the problems and benefitted the lives of entire generations of people. While Bernie has derived almost all of his income through syphoning wealth from productive society by government coercion. It is obvious who has lived by “immorality and greed.”

Perhaps instead of railing against the most productive in society to pay their “Fair Share,” it’s time for Bernie to do his “Fair Share” of productive contributions to society.

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