For whatever reason, whether out of real concern or a desire to keep people focused on something other than the salient fact that EVs don’t seem to work as well as the continuously cheery predictions promise, Elon has recently started sounding off about the upcoming population collapse crisis, warning that fertility rates are far from the necessary replacement rate.
In a tweet about Japan, for instance, Elon said: “At risk of stating the obvious, unless something changes to cause the birth rate to exceed the death rate, Japan will eventually cease to exist. This would be a great loss for the world.”
In another series of tweets he warned of much the same thing happening to America and patted himself on the back for having lots of kids, saying:
USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years
Contrary to what many think, the richer someone is, the fewer kids they have.
I am a rare exception. Most people I know have zero or one kid.
Well, he recently commented on that again in a tweet, saying “Population collapse due to low birth rates is a much bigger risk to civilization than global warming.”
Following that up with a comment, he added “Mark these words.”
“Mock these words” would have been more like it, because that’s exactly what Auron MacIntyre, one of the thought leaders on the Neo-Reactionary Right and a brilliant Twitter personality, did, saying:
Don’t you pay for your employees to get abortions?
Population collapse may be a big civilizational risk but we not so big that we’d risk our profit margins I guess
Brutal. And what makes it all the more savage is that MacIntyre is right: Musk’s Tesla does pay for its employees to get abortions, as the New York Post reported back in late June, saying:
Tesla was among several companies to announce that it would extend additional medical benefits to workers who are forced to travel out of state to seek an abortion.
[…]Tesla said in its 2021 “Impact Report” released in May that it expanded its Safety Net program and health insurance offerings last year to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.”
So, Musk is willing to talk the talk when it comes to the fertility crisis and looming population collapse, warning about what will happen if the smart and successful people don’t start reproducing.
But when it comes to even slightly walking the walk (other than impregnating a bunch of women), Musk is unwilling to do so, going above and beyond to help his employees kill their babies if they so desire, saving Tesla a few bucks on maternity leave and getting woke apropros.
Such, unfortunately, appears to be a trend with Musk. Whether the Twitter takeover or population collapse worries, he can talk the talk but doesn’t follow through. It’s too bad; there’s so much potential there for him to be a great man.