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Twitter reacts in furious mockery after billionaire Elon Musk is named Person of the Year

Twitter reacts in furious mockery after billionaire Elon Musk is named Person of the Year

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Time Magazine announced today that the richest person in the world, Elon Musk, has been named their “Person of the Year.” Known for his outspoken public persona on social media almost as much as he’s known for his companies SpaceX and Tesla, the decision to give him the coveted cover has already proven deeply polarizing.

While his diehard fans, of which there are surprisingly many, are thrilled to see Musk chosen, many of his critics are incensed. Musk has been regularly criticized for failing to pay enough taxes, union-busting, fostering a workplace allegedly rife with sexual harassment at Tesla, and for building his sprawling empire with the help of massive government subsidies while publically advocating for the most ruthless form of cutthroat capitalism.

Recently, Musk was slammed by progressives for telling a roomful of CEOs that Biden’s Build Back Better bill should be scuttled because apparently, Musk is now worried about the deficit. The far more likely explanation for his opposition is to the legislation is that he doesn’t want his competitors receiving government assistance in developing clean energy sources and electric cars. At the end of the day, it’s all about the bottom line for him.

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It’s reasonable to criticize Time for celebrating a man such as Musk, but it’s also worth noting that in addition to such luminaries as Barack Obama and Gandhi, the magazine has in the past named Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin as its “Person of the Year.” Musk certainly doesn’t belong in the latter group, but you’d be very hard-pressed to find a convincing argument that he belongs in the former. History will likely record Musk as just another predatory billionaire who happened to somewhat aid space exploration and the popularization of electric vehicles as side-effects of his mercenary pursuit of capital.

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