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Musk: ‘Woke Mind Virus’ Will Make It Impossible for Humanity to Reach Mars

SpaceX head warns far-left ideology will 'destroy civilization' unless 'it is stopped'
Published: May 20, 2022
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 6, 2018, on its demonstration mission. - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off Tuesday on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster to an orbit near Mars. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. (Image: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

As the world’s wealthiest man haggles over a $44-billion deal to acquire Twitter, he has become more vocal in his condemnation of the far-left ideological trend in Big Tech and other commanding parts of society. 

On May 19, Elon Musk tweeted that “Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached [sic] Mars.”

Musk, the prominent technocrat who is the head of Tesla, Inc. and founded spacefaring venture SpaceX, has previously made a goal of putting humans on the Red Planet with his private enterprise. 

“Woke” is an often-disparaging term for modern left-wing social ideology, such as Critical Race Theory and the idea that sex is a cultural rather than biological concept. Such positions are mainstream in education, the media, and politics, even taking root in fields such as hard science and business


Though a businessman, Musk has recently attracted more attention for his political views, particularly those concerning free speech. At the time of writing, he boasts 94.2 million followers on Twitter. 

Musk believes that freedom of expression is a non-negotiable principle and aims to implement this as he takes over Twitter — a platform that has been widely accused by conservatives and non-establishment voices as shutting down independent conversation under the guise of fighting disinformation. 

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Musk made internet services via his Starlink satellites available for free across the Eastern European country, attracting the anger of Russian officials and media. However, he also refused to censor Russian state media websites. 

“Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months,” Musk tweeted on May 18.

Musk often tweets short messages containing his views on politics and society, announcing developments in his enterprises, or memes. 

One tweet, posted on May 19, reflects the recent controversy over the alleged prevalence of fake users, or bots, on Twitter.

The image shows a variation on the “always has been” meme, in which one astronaut comes across a deadly secret as another confirms the revelation while preparing to shoot the other.