Musk, the wall of fools and common prosperity

Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Tesla, is a controversial person.

Written by Pro: United States Tesla founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Elon Musk is a controversial man, often stunning burst language. One is that David Beasley, the director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), named Musk in a TV show, “As long as the (super-rich) donate $6 billion, it can help those 4200 who will die if they are not rescued. Ten thousand people”.

Was “forced to donate” US$6 billion

Given this, Musk said on Twitter, “As long as the United Nations proves that 6 billion US dollars can solve the global hunger problem, and anyone knows how to use the money, I will immediately sell Tesla shares and prepare for 6 billion US dollars.” What a broad mind.

The other is an act initiated by Musk himself. On November 6, he launched a vote on Twitter, “Recently some people say that the book income of stocks has become a means of tax evasion. So I propose to sell 10% of Tesla shares. Do you support it?”, indicating that he will comply with the voting results.

Musk, the wall of fools and common prosperity

Musk proposed on Twitter to “sell 10% of Tesla’s shares.” Ask for approval or disapproval through the user voting function, and most of them are in favor

According to the current share price this post accessible to about $ 20 billion. The voting has ended, and the result is that the sale is in favor of the sale.

It is not clear what the relationship exists between the two events of donating $6 billion and selling stocks. However, some people believe that American society has a long-standing stern view of the super-rich, questioning whether it is appropriate for them to “hardly pay taxes and accumulate wealth.” This is a Musk response to this view.

Musk, the wall of fools and common prosperity

Yoro Mengji pointed out that “the human brain becomes stronger, and desire will be endless. The desire for money is typical.”

In response to Musk’s words and deeds, I recall a passage from the famous best-selling book “The Wall of Fools” published by Japanese anatomist Yoro Moji about 20 years ago.

“There are many kinds of desires. For example, appetite or sexual desire, once it is satisfied, it will temporarily disappear. However, as the human brain becomes stronger, certain desires will have no end. The desire for money is typical, and there is no end. In short, This desire may belong to instinct, and there is no genetic suppression.” Yoro Mengsi called it “out of control of desire.”

If according to “The Wall of Fools”, Musk may break this wall.

From the perspective of the dedication to wealth, especially the founder, there is not only a “wall of fools”, but also a “clone” that wealth is oneself. For founders, the rise in sales, profits, and stock prices of companies created from scratch can make people feel that the founders themselves “become great.” On the contrary, if these values ​​decrease, “skin pain” will occur.

Nakauchi Nakauchi, the founder of Daiei, who was once Japan’s largest distribution company, once said: “The company is my clone.” Especially as the years go by and the physical strength declines, the founder will be more active to grow the clone. The suspicion of the lonely founder is strengthened, and what he believes is often an ever-expanding number, that is, wealth. Giving up wealth is even worse. What’s more, the sale of stocks held may lead to a decline in operating influence, which is even more serious.

Regarding the issue of wealth, Philip Kotler, a world marketing scholar, often said, “Whenever I hear the news that the CEOs of American companies are getting huge rewards, I get angry. Where does their greed come from? Yes?” Like Yoro Mengzi, Kotler also severely criticized greed.

Regarding the dedication to wealth, Kotler wrote in the column of “My Resume” (Nihon Keizai Shimbun on December 28, 2013): “(The wealthy class) acquires inappropriate wealth. Don’t you know that this is Live your neck? Uneven wealth distribution will eventually reduce the purchasing power of the middle class. Consumer demand will either remain flat or decrease. Employment will also decrease. The increasing dissatisfaction of the people leads to anger. This cannot be denied.” The view is that if wealth is not properly distributed to the middle class, the affluent class itself will not be able to obtain the benefits of wealth.

Kotler said when referring to the high salary of directors, “In the final analysis, can anyone be worthy of such a high salary?” Kotler’s major before he devoted himself to marketing research was labor economics, and this was him. Peculiar view.

What is an ideal wealth distribution

The ideal state of wealth distribution is not only an issue in the United States, it has also become a focus of debate in the previous House of Representatives elections in Japan. China’s “common prosperity” has also received attention.

The original distribution of wealth was naturally completed in the market economy and then redistributed through taxation and other systems. However, in the case of social complexity, this kind of social system is becoming more and more difficult to perform its functions, which is also a fact. External factors such as abnormal weather and the new crown epidemic are also shaking the economy and society. There has been a global revision of neoliberalism that has caused the gap between rich and poor to widen.

Musk, the wall of fools and common prosperity

Musk, who leads Tesla and the space exploration technology company, often bursts out shocking words (Reuters)

Therefore, the ancient method of “donation” has attracted attention. Musk may want to alleviate social criticism of tax avoidance. As a means to alleviate the gap between rich and poor, facing hidden pressure from society and the people, he chose the easy-to-understand form of donation.

In Japan, the founder of ZOZO, the founder of ZOZO, who had communicated with Musk, sold the company’s equity, imitating “Uncle Long Legs (an anonymous donation novel character )” and distributed the money to many people. He expressed “I hope everyone will become happy”, and he is very sincere.

How should the distribution of wealth be carried out? The eighth chapter (the final chapter) of “The Wall of Fools” states: “For fools, only the inside of the wall is the world, and they cannot see the outside. They don’t even know the existence of the outside.” Can Musk and others break the wall and continue to create an image of new entrepreneurs who value the distribution of wealth?

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