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Elon Musk’s Unhinged Pro-MAGA Tweets Expose Tech Oligarchy’s Dark Side

A new class of tech barons hopes to create a flourishing information space for “red-pilled” far-right ideologies, and the billionaire Musk is their model leader.

Elon Musk in Krakow, Poland
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Elon Musk in Krakow, Poland, in January

Elon Musk has unleashed numerous tweets lately boosting far-right personalities and endorsing MAGA tropes holding that migration constitutes a deliberately engineered invasion. He even endorsed a version of “white genocide theory.” Along with his elevation of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it all amounts to a genuine ideology: reactionary tech authoritarianism. We discussed this with Gil Duran, author of a New Republic piece called “The Tech Plutocrats Dreaming of a Right-Wing San Francisco,” which offers a window into this ugly worldview.