Why Silicon Valley is bringing eugenics back - 2023-04-21

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F0.png Why Silicon Valley is bringing eugenics back April 21, 2023, Paris Marx, Disconnect.blog

Elon Musk has been warning about population decline and smaller families for years. In his 2015 biography, he's quoted as saying, "if each successive generation of smart people has fewer kids, that's probably bad." Musk is explicit that "smart" people need to be having more kids — he has nine living children, that we know of — but doesn't go so far as to say that other people should be having fewer. After all, he does want the population to grow.

One of the problems with his narrative is that the global population is growing — it hit 8 billion people last year — as is the US population, though the rates of growth are slowing. Musk, however, acts as though we're already in a state of decline, which suggests he's more concerned with the growth rate of particular segments of the population than the population as a whole — as his concern about the procreation of "smart" people suggests.

Almost as long as Musk has been talking about this, there have been questions about how those concerns were reflected in his politics. For well over a decade, Musk was seen as a liberal hero building electric cars, but in recent years he's emerged as a key figure in the extreme right-wing turn in Western politics. We know that he runs racist and sexist workplaces, and has become a vocal opponent of trans rights, despite having a trans daughter who has understandably disowned him.

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{{cite news | first = Paris | last = Marx | title = Why Silicon Valley is bringing eugenics back | url = https://www.disconnect.blog/p/why-silicon-valley-is-bringing-eugenics | work = Disconnect.blog | date = April 21, 2023 | accessdate = July 16, 2023 }}