Anand Giridharadas destroys the notion that the wealthy has the answers and excoriates Musk’s Twitter stake purchase.
Anand Giridharadas hits the nail on the head
Anand Giridharadas appeared with Joy-Ann Reid recently. He hit the nail on the head when he discussed Elon Musk‘s purchase of a larger piece of Twitter. Anand first appropriately calls out the wealthy as those who have created most of humanity’s problems. He used Elon Musk, a parasite, as the poster boy.
“We live in this moment where the arsonists are cosplaying as firefighters,” Anand said. “The people who cause our greatest social problems, global problems, are trying to con us into thinking not only that they’re okay, but that they are the solution to the problems they’ve caused. So look at Musk. Musk built his business through government subsidies years ago and now turns around, stiffs the government on taxes, and explains how inefficient government spending is. And he can do everything better privately in space and elsewhere.”
When the media was hyperventilating about Musk’s space program, as one who worked for NASA building software for the Space Station, it hit home. These charlatans take stuff developed by the government or government subsidies and then profit from it. They benefit from the service and intellect of the collective. Then we have a media that pushes their false narrative.
Anand points out the dangers of having these wealthy parasites control our media. It results in an alternate state of reality of their choosing. And as such, it puts our democracy in danger.
“Our democracy doesn’t have terrific odds right now,” Anand said. “As you cover every night on this broadcast for a gazillion different stories that are all kind of intersecting and coalescing in one historical moment, it doesn’t have great odds. One of the things making those odds even worse every day is that a growing chunk of Americans, a significant minority, are no longer dwellers of the land of reality. They live in a fantasy, and it’s not a fantasy of their own private bedroom concoction. It is a fantasy manufactured by some of the richest and most powerful and intelligent people on Earth who know better and profit from making those people believe those things so they can get right-wing authoritarian fascist governments to give them a tax cut, cut some regulations, repeat … And Elon Musk is the fox coming into the henhouse and it is shameful that Twitter, which has a fiduciary obligation, I would think, to protect people who actually use it, the millions of people who actually use it.”
When we effectively expose the Powell Memo-infested organizations to Americans as an orchestrated effort to control them, antiseptically enslave them to ensure a status quo that only benefits the wealthy and the invited, we will make progress to fix our democracy. Stay tuned.