Billionaire Elon Musk, boss of Tesla and SpaceX, named personality of the year 2021 by the magazine Time, “just doesn’t deserve this honor”, says on the website of NBC News the critic of new technologies Paris Marx, host of the podcast Tech Won’t Save Us.
Time trumpets that Musk owns “a bold vision for the future”, but “Is this future really the one we need?” asks the critic. As the climate crisis gathers pace, poor countries complain of vaccine apartheid over Covid-19, and problems related to the highly unequal distribution of wealth continue to worsen, “Does it really make sense to accord such recognition to this man?”
A man who “stubbornly refuses to take his eyes off the stars while amassing a vast fortune that could justly be used to combat all these problems,” strikes Paris Marx.
The British daily The Guardian stresses, for his part, that the man is particularly criticized across the Atlantic because of his opposition to the taxation of the richest and to unions but also for the way in which he has sought to minimize the risks linked to the Covid pandemic -19.
Elon Musk recently dethroned Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, by becoming the richest man in the world, “his fortune amounting to more than 300 billion dollars”, remind him Guardian, but Elon Musk’s tax rate, “like that of other American billionaires, is ridiculous in view of the increase in his fortune. Between 2014 and 2018 it was only 3.27%, according to calculations by the investigation site ProPublica”, explains the London daily.
What to react in particular, on Twitter, the senator and ex-candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination of 2020 Elizabeth Warren, who demanded that “the tax calculation so that the man of the year pays his taxes like everyone else instead of free riding”.