This is a story I hoped I would never have to write. Elon Musk and Tesla are very popular topics CleanTechnica. Readers and authors have enjoyed exploring the technology, growth and innovation of Tesla and Musk’s role in this. Over the years, we have written hundreds of articles about him and his company, and it must be said – we deal with clicks. The number of “hits” we get in the stories we write determines how much money comes in the door, and putting “Musk” or “Tesla” in the title ensures that the story gets a decent number.
So what follows may be contrary to our own best interests, but at some point, someone must point out that the emperor is indeed walking without clothes. Here’s the truth. Elon is now a danger to himself, his company and the hundreds of thousands of supporters who have made him the richest man in human history. In the last few weeks, it has become more and more without hinges. It all started to get tangled up when Elon The Magnificent decided that he himself should be the only arbiter of what people could and could not say on social media.
Free speech, Elon snorted! Well, here’s how a big man can handle freedom of speech once he gets to Twitter. This week, a group of disgruntled SpaceX employees wrote an open letter to Musk asking him to stick to his knitting and stop making nonsensical comments in public, comments that they said led the company to badness. The Verge saw the letter that reads in part:
“Elon’s behavior in the public sphere has been a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, especially in recent weeks. As our CEO and most important spokesperson, Elon is considered the face of SpaceX – every tweet that Elon sends is de facto public statement of the company. It’s important to show our teams and our potential talent that its message does not reflect our work, our mission or our values. “
The letter claims that the company does not comply with its oft-cited “No Asshole” policy and zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment. The document also proposes three different “action points” to address the situation
- SpaceX should “publicly address and condemn Elon’s malicious behavior on Twitter”
- SpaceX should “hold all leaders equally responsible” for bad behavior
- SpaceX must “clearly define what exactly is intended by SpaceX’s neza do not include’ and nu zero tolerances ’policy and consistently enforce them.
One might think that such a letter would be celebrated as an example of freedom of speech in practice. No way. Five people who signed the letter were released immediately. In an email to employees checked on Thursday Washington PostGwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, said the letter “made employees feel intimidated, intimidated and bullied” and forced them to sign a document that did not reflect their views.
Shotwell told staff that the concerns raised in the letter threatened to derail SpaceX’s focus on several key tasks. “This weekend we have 3 launches of critical satellites in 37 hours, we have to support the astronauts we transported to [International Space Station] and get the Dragon cargo back to the ready flight, and after receiving environmental approval earlier this week, we are on the threshold of the first attempt at an orbital starship launch.
“We have too much critical work to do and we don’t need this kind of exaggerated activism – our current leadership team is more committed to ensuring we have a great and ever-improving work environment than any other I’ve seen in my 35-year career. She added that the “blanket of thousands of people across the company” with requests to sign the letter “does not show the strong judgment needed to work in this very demanding space transport sector.”
Musk’s Pump & Dump scheme
In a further development, cryptocurrency investor Keith Johnson filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan and accused the noble Mr. Musek and others of extortion for offering dogecoin and raising its price, only to let the price fall. This practice is known in investment circles as the “pump and dump” scheme.
“Since 2019, the defendants have been aware that Dogecoin has no value, but has so far promoted Dogecoin to profit from its trading. Musk used his pedestal as the richest man in the world to control and manipulate Dogecoin’s pyramid scheme for profit, revelation, and entertainment.
Johnson complains that the Dogecoin sale began around the time Musk hosted the NBC show Saturday night lifeduring which he called Dogecoin “rush” while playing a fictional financial expert on “Weekend Update.”
Johnson is seeking $ 86 billion in damages, a drop in the market value of dogecoin since May 2021. Under the federal blackmail law, the court may award triple compensation, which could bring in a total of about Elon’s entire net worth. He is also trying to prevent Musk and his companies from promoting dogecoin and for the court to declare that dogecoin trafficking is a gamble under federal and New York law.
Tesla shareholder Solomon Chau also filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas against Musk this week. Tesla and the company’s board of directors claim that they have neglected to deal with complaints of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, while creating a “toxic workplace culture.” The state of California also filed a similar lawsuit earlier this year, claiming that the company had allowed a culture of rampant racism to flourish at its Fremont plant.
“Tesla has created a toxic workplace culture based on racist and sexist abuse and discrimination against its own employees,” the lawsuit said. “This toxic work environment has evolved internally over the years, and only recently has the truth about Tesla’s culture emerged. Tesla’s toxic culture in the workplace has caused financial damage and irreparable damage to the company’s reputation. “
The lawsuit accuses the defendants – Muska, 11 members of Tesla’s board of directors and the company – of violating their fiduciary duty by failing to address and correct warning signals regarding internal reports of discrimination and harassment. As a result, Tesla lost high-quality employees and incurred the costs of defending cases and settling fines for violations, the lawsuit claims.
Free speech for some
Musk’s cavalier stance on freedom of speech reveals how he reacted to two similar situations, one in the United States and one in China. As public health officials in Alameda County, California tried to impose workplace restrictions on the Fremont factory during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, Musk became an apopletic. In retaliation, he decided to move Tesla’s headquarters to Texas.
When officials in Shanghai, China recently closed all production for almost a month, the big and powerful Musk had nothing to say. In fact, it has nothing to say about China’s crushing of democracy in Hong Kong or exposing an entire ethnic minority to becoming virtual slaves.
Musk has no overarching principles. He acts only on what he sees in his own selfish interest. He looks cowardly and small compared to Eli Wiesel, who became famous: “There may be times when we are unable to prevent injustice, but we must never fail in protest.”
Musk is also dedicated to what is popularly known as “dick jokes.” He is obsessed with his sexual abilities when he breeds ever-growing offspring with a number of women, none of whom are married. He downplayed Bill Gates by suggesting that his appearance would cause erectile dysfunction, and mocked Jeff Bezos for building a rocket that searches the world like a phallus. (Well, maybe it’s justified.) And, of course, there was the unfortunate and cruel mention of a man who helped save a boy from a flooded cave, like a “pedo man.”
The only conclusion that can be drawn from all this is that Musk is a walnut – a very rich walnut, but still a free cannon. Actions have consequences. A former NASA official says Washington Post that the people at the agency are “really worried” about the direction society is taking. NASA crept into bed with SpaceX, the only game in town for all intents and purposes, but Muske’s mercury behavior worries many people about its mental stability.
After all, this is the guy who wants to create trillions of happy digital people living on computers and happy to work until 3:00 in the morning to continue celebrating his leader, a ragged peacock man who lacks the ability to show compassion to others. Perhaps this passage from Hamlet is appropriate here and could offer a valuable guide for the mercury-like Elon Musk.
Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow
It creeps at this petty pace from day to day
Until the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterday have enlightened fools
The road to dusty death. Out, out, short candle.
Life is just a walking shadow, poor player
It defies and bothers his hour on stage,
And then you can’t hear anymore.
It’s a fairy tale
An idiot said, full of sound and fury,
It means nothing.
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