The Most Useful Idiot

Elon Musk speaks during an event in Paris, on June 16, 2023. (Photo by Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

I think I’m becoming a communist.

“We know,” Trump fans will say, having been conditioned to treat contempt for their hero’s fascist inclinations as proof of leftist sympathies.

It’s not Trump who’s turning me into a pinko, though. It’s Elon Musk.

He tends to have that effect on people. Including his own girlfriends.

Conservatives believe that privatization is good. You want an organization to run efficiently and effectively? Then give the people in charge of it a strong financial incentive to make it run that way. When government officials mismanage an operation, it’s your money that they’re squandering. When their counterparts in the private sector mismanage an operation, it’s their own.

Pretty simple. But things get complicated when private actors acquire so much wealth and power that they begin to exert government-level influence over global events.

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