Visionary inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed in a recent interview that his thoughts on society are heavily aligned with personal freedom and, the successful entrepreneur stated — anarchy.
Musk, is of course, the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity. He is also the founder of SpaceX and a co-founder of PayPal.
As NASA continues to fund billion dollar blunder after billion dollar blunder, Elon Musk is exploring space at a fraction of the cost — and, on his own dime.
On Friday evening, SpaceX successfully landed another Falcon 9 rocket (or more precisely, its reusable first stage) back on Earth after a mission. These landings are a huge technical achievement, with big implications for spaceflight.
But the video SpaceX released yesterday makes the equally important point that humanity doesn’t need to be extorted to successfully explore space.
During the recent interview, Musk revealed his philosophy which has lead to so much of his success. “Well I guess ill start off with the principles in regards to society, or you know, how to do it differently. I think probably direct democracy is better than representative democracy, so if you are trying to represent the will of the people we are better to have direct votes which would not be possible in the old days because you had to mail things around and information moves very slowly. But in an electronic society where information moves instantly you can very directly represent the will of the people and I think that diminishes the ability of special interests to influence things in a way that is contrary to the will of the people.”
He goes on to say,
“Laws have an infinite lifetime, so I think it’s probably a good idea to have something in the voting system that accounts for the infinite lifetime of laws and the inertial effect of laws, so perhaps it would be good to have all rules made with an inherent sunset provision, so they would automatically expire unless they were revoted as being correct. Then maybe in order for something to become a law it maybe it would require 60% of the vote, but at any point 40% or more can remove the law. This sounds kind of anarchist I suppose, but I’m kind of pro-anarchist.”
“I think generally, fewer rules are better than more rules,” Musk concluded.
Below is yet another example of how free people can do amazing things without being forced to pay for them.