Philosophically speaking, it’s safe to say Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk are on separate planets.
Elon Musk is the ultimate capitalist. He emigrated to the United States, and started and runs multiple billion dollar businesses that employ thousands of people and contribute billions of dollars in tax revenue.
Bernie Sanders is a life-long federal government employee who believes wealth should be distributed, and successful people should be penalized for what they’ve built and accomplished.
This juxtaposition is coming to the forefront, after comments Sanders made about what he considers the obscene wealth of Musk, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
“We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — own more wealth than the bottom 40% of people in this country. That level of greed and inequality is not only immoral. It is unsustainable,” the Vermont senator tweeted.
The odds of Musk letting that comment slide are the same as Bernie Sanders cashing in his 401K and investing it all in Tesla stock.
Musk replied on Twitter, essentially telling the cranky senator that in this case, greed is good. For humankind.
“I am accumulating resources to help make life multiplanetary & extend the light of consciousness to the stars.”
Musk is still standing by his comment that a million humans will be living on Mars by 2050, and he’s confident he will land a SpaceX starship on the Red Planet within five years.