Everyone seems to be going gaga over the visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk these days. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.; and chairman of SolarCity. His net worth is just over $20 billion and he is listed by Forbes as the 53rd richest person in the world.
Pretty impressive for an immigrant from a shithole African country, huh?
So yes, the world is all aflutter over the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the successful soft landing of two of its boosters, and his Tesla in orbit.
And yes, I agree. These are impressive feats deserving of all of the accolades being bestowed upon Musk.
But what in the world motivated this man to decide to sell flamethrowers to the general public? Flamethrowers, for crissake. Musk is selling flamethrowers — a kind of BB-gun-meets-blowtorch — from his company, The Boring Company.
They are priced at $500 plus taxes and shipping, and in its first 100 hours for sale, his company sold all 20,000 flamethrowers that it had available. So Musk’s company raked in roughly $10 million. In 100 hours!
So what’s the deal? Is Elon Musk a modern day hero or is he an evil genius? He is alleged to treat his employees badly, he seems to spout eugenist nonsense, and he sells flamethrowers to your friends, your neighbors, and your kids.
I’m all for celebrating Musk’s significant and innovative accomplishments. But let’s not lose sight of the nature of a man who thinks selling flamethrowers — a dangerous and potentially deadly toy/weapon — to anyone who has 500 bucks burning (pun intended) a hole in his pocket.