Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’

Elon Musk: ‘I Am a Socialist’, by Joel Pollack.

Tesla CEO and PayPal billionaire Elon Musk surprised many Friday when he declared on Twitter that he is a socialist. Conservative critics, however, may well have agreed, given his companies’ reliance on the state.

The usual response from the left:

The right:

Conservatives have often criticized Musk in the past for relying heavily on government for his companies’ success. Tesla, for example, has consistently lost money — except where it has been able to sell carbon emissions permits provided by the State of California. It also received a loan from the federal government during the bailout era in 2009.

Robert Wenzel:

What a dangerous clown. His words above have been used by every tyrant from Mao to Lenin to Stalin. …

Commenter Jimmy Joe Meeker:

He sees himself as one of those managing the socialist collective. That he determines what is “good for all”.

hat-tip Charles