Dear Elon, The ten richest people in the world added $402 billion to their fortune last year. You topped the list adding $121 billion to your personal wealth in 2021, on top of the $140 billion in 2020. $375 million each day over two years. Wow.
My ask. I have a radio show and podcast called #ChatterthatMatters, where I chat with ordinary people who do extraordinary things, to uncover life lessons. Your track record of disrupting the status quo with bold thinking - like harnessing the energy of the sun to power humanity, space colonization and more, make you a role model for many. You would make a dream guest but I have an even bigger ask.
I want you to free some of your thinking to save capitalism and democracy that are both under attack.
Many in the Political Arena are raising their socialist swords, and pointing them at the few who are generating so much of the wealth. This widening of the gap between the halves and halve not is not sustainable, and if history repeats it can and will become anarchy.
I want you to answer three questions as well as have a conversation with listeners.
What I Will Ask:
Winston Churchill said that the inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings, and the inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Do you agree and if so, are we reaching the tipping point?
How much is too much? Is there a number for an individual that will trap all the trappings of wealth, and if so should most of the money earned afterwards be poured back into the society that bought the goods the wealthy market?
Is there a fairer and more transparent way to tax profits made, and wealth created so that all pay their fair share?
Elon you are a citizen of the world, the lead singer of the Modern Day Tycoons, and you have credibility across society.
I hope you share my fear and my belief that it is left unchecked, those who continue to gain power will dismantle the good parts of capitalism, turn the educational curriculum into ideology, versus prepare the next generation to survive and thrive.
If we don't act now, we chain our future to a lifetime of servitude to debt and the state and all they dictate.
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