"Greetings Citizens of the World" / The Curious Claims of 'Anonymous' -against- Elon Musk


By now, I am sure most of you have heard about the video posted June 5, 2021 by the group called 'Anonymous' taking aim at the well-known billionaire, Elon Musk. If you are interested I am including the 'Anonymous' video here and it is the purpose of this article to provide a guided transcript of the video as well as to provide links and citations to the materials used by 'Anonymous' in the video for your further use or review.

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The Introduction

'Anonymous' is a decentralized guerilla hacker activist movement. At this time though it has yet to be determined whether the group responsible for the 'Musk Video' is the same group that targeted several world governments with cyber attacks beginning in 2013. For purposes of the article, I will quote the language used by 'Anonymous' in the video and accordingly, all quotations herein contained, unless specified to the contrary, may be cited back to the video.

The video begins with the message: “Greetings citizens of the world. This is a message from Anonymous for Elon Musk.” 'Anonymous' then begins the Three Minute Forty-Seven Second diatribe (rant) by discussing Musk's popularity. 'Anonymous' asserts: “For the past several years you [Musk] have enjoyed one of the most favorable reputations of anyone in the billionaire class because you have tapped into the desire that many of us have to live in a world with electric cars and space exploration.”

Continuing, 'Anonymous' fires the first salvo: "[b]ut recently your carefully created public image is being exposed, and people are beginning to see you as nothing more than another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention." The attack continues with the declaration: “It appears that your quest to save the world is more rooted in a superiority and savior complex than it is an actual concern for humanity.”

Musk's Lack of Concern for Employees, Children and Local Environments

Next 'Anonymous' stated that all of the foregoing has been obvious to Tesla employees for years. Here 'Anonymous' by photo reference points to an article in the Observer [Roberts, C. "Elon Musk, Tesla are Pushing Factory Workers to the Brink As Profits Soar." https://observer.com/2020/10/elon-musk-tesla-pushing-factory-workers-to-the-brink-as-profits-soar/. (Accessed June 7, 2021)].

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'Anonymous' maintains that Tesla workers have faced intolerable conditions under Musk's command for years.

In addition, 'Anonymous' by photo reference points to an article in the Sunday Times UK [Flanagan, J. "‘Blood batteries’ fuel the fortune of Elon Musk". https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/blood-batteries-fuel-the-fortune-of-elon-musk-qkhlvp5dr. (Accessed June 8, 2021)]

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In this regard, 'Anonymous' states: "It is also obvious to the young children working in your overseas lithium mines, which are destroying the local environment as well. You have been open about your willingness to stage coups in order to install dictators in places where your toxic products are being mined."

The attack by 'Anonymous' continues by declaring that Musk has prematurely crowned himself the Emperor of Mars, [see, Entrepreneur. "Elon Musk proclaims himself emperor of Mars." https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/369870. (Accessed June 8,2021)] a place Musk "will be sending people to die."

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'Anonymous' then suggests to Musk that: "[y]our fanboys overlook these issues because they are focused on the potential good that your projects can bring to the world, but you are not the only show in town, and your competition is growing more intense with each passing day. There are plenty of other companies working on space exploration and electric vehicles. You are just the only CEO who has gained a cult following through shitposting and trolling the world on social media.”

The Main Income of Tesla Comes Not From Cars, But From Government Subsidies and Bitcoin

Next, 'Anonymous' turns its attention to Musk and Tesla's Income. In this regard, 'Anonymous' claims: “Many people are now learning that the vast majority of Tesla‘s income doesn’t actually come from selling cars. It comes from government subsidies, selling carbon tax credit for your innovation with clean energy.”

'Anonymous' then makes claim that Musk in actuality was not the founder of Tesla and therefore this was not his innovation.

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'Anonymous' maintains that: "[y]ou (Musk) simply purchased the company from two people much more intelligent than you are." 'Anonymous identifies these two people as Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, [Author's Note: this appears to be confirmed by corporate/legal documentation and CNBC].

Turning to Tesla's investments in Bitcoin, 'Anonymous' declares: "Tesla has also made more money holding bitcoin for two months than they did in years of selling cars."

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Referencing this article [BBC News. "Tesla: Bitcoin sales and environmental credits boost profits, https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56897457. (Accessed June 8, 2021)] 'Anonymous' presumes: "It is also more than likely that this bitcoin was purchased with money from these government subsidies."

Musk Dumbs Up On Energy Use When Government Money Is At Risk

Turning the attack to Tesla's governmental income and Bitcoin, 'Anonymous' continued with: "It is now widely believed that you have been forced to renounce your company’s involvement with bitcoin in order to keep that green government money flowing into Tesla’s coffers. The energy use argument about proof-of-work mining is a very nuanced conversation that requires a fairly complex understanding of how power grids work and how excess energy is wasted by power companies and sought out by crypto miners."

'Anonymous then stressed: "This is a conversation that you have been having for over a year and were intimately aware of. But as soon as your main source of income was threatened, you pretended to be clueless in an attempt to play both sides of the fence."


Next by photo, 'Anonymous' referenced the following article:

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In this regard, 'Anonymous' observed: "(Musk's) move to create a Bitcoin Mining Council was rightly seen as an attempt to centralize the industry and take it under your control."

Musk Destroying Crypto Holders Lives.

With respect to Musk's memes and twitter posts, 'Anonymous' asserts: "Reading from the comments on your Twitter posts, it seems that the games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives. Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives."

'Anonymous' continues by referencing another photo of an article:

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It then states: "“This is something that you will never understand because you were born into the stolen wealth of a South African apartheid emerald mine and have no clue what struggle is like for most of the working people in the world. Of course, they took the risk upon themselves when they invested and everyone knows to be prepared for volatility in crypto, but your tweets this week show a clear disregard for the average working person.” 'Anonymous' then concludes this segment by stating: "As hard-working people have their dreams liquidated over your public temper tantrums, you continue to mock them with memes from one of your million-dollar mansions."

The Diatribe's Conclusion

'Anonymous' concludes this rant with a message and warning to Musk: “You may think you are the smartest person in the room, but now you’ve met your match. We are anonymous. We are Legion. Expect us.”

It is my hope that this article provided some further service and utility related to the content contained in the 'Anonymous' video.

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