Elon Musk sat down for an interview with Wall Street Journal for their CEO Council Summit, appearing before the conference remotely from Tesla Headquarters. Many in attendance were CEOs and business leaders.
Musk went on to mock those in attendance by stating any Chief position, like CEO or CFO is a made up position. He stated that the only positions that matter when filing for a corporation are the titles of President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that "chief executive officer" is a "made-up title" and that many corporate titles "don't mean anything," speaking at the #WSJCEOCouncil https://t.co/UcdhalJ2jK pic.twitter.com/9aQLfpYcqC
— WSJ Business News (@WSJbusiness) December 7, 2021
Elon also stated in the interview that the Federal Budget Deficit is “insane” and called for President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan to be “deleted.”
“Honestly, I would just can this whole bill.” Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticized federal efforts meant to spur electric-vehicle adoption, including a bill that would boost incentives for buying battery-powered cars #WSJWhatsNow pic.twitter.com/yeiEt1CcZt
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 7, 2021
But the real highlight came when Elon stated that the government allocates capital very poorly, and capital allocation should be done by private people who can do it properly. He then described the government as a corporation with a monopoly on violence, a phrase that is popular with libertarian thinkers.
NOW – Elon Musk: "The government is simply the biggest corporation, with the monopoly on violence."pic.twitter.com/lFE09fIOUY
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) December 7, 2021
While in past years Elon Musk has described himself on Twitter as having socialist tendencies, it appears he’s had a degree of reconsideration. Especially considering socialism is heavily reliant on this monopoly of violence.
This shift in thinking was very noticeable during an exchange Elon Musk had on Twitter with David Beasely, the Executive Director of the UN’s World Food Programme.
After claims that $6 billion of Elon’s money would solve world hunger were made by CNN, Researcher David Eli inquired why the UN couldn’t solve world hunger last year when it had amassed more than $6 billion. Elon replied that if the UN could prove how $6 billion could solve world hunger, and be transparent about how funds were used, that he would immediately sell $6 billion worth of stock and donate it.
If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2021
David Beasely with the World Food Programme chimed in stating that CNN’s claim was not accurate (no surprise there), but essentially stated “it’s a start” while seemingly not accepting Elon’s condition of transparency and accountability.
Elon then replied “What happened here?” and linked an article about UN Peacekeepers forcing children in impoverished countries to perform sex acts on them for food.
Apparently government programs are only not very good at resource allocation, but they’re also incredibly sinister about it.
Watch the entire interview with Wall Street Journal below.