In a Twitter exchange over the weekend, Elon Musk appeared to support the idea of limiting voting rights for childless individuals.
Musk replied “yup” to a tweet that read “democracy is probably unworkable long term without limiting suffrage to parents. Helps solve the procreation problem, too.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 2, 2023
In a prior tweet responding to a video about the situation in France posted by RAIR Foundation investigative journalist Amy Mek, Musk wrote “the childless have little stake in the future.”
Musk’s direct response in the thread was to a Twitter user who wrote “thanks to the white female vote.”
The childless have little stake in the future
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2023
According to The Independent, commenters in the thread suggested single white women were turning France into a majority-Muslim country.
From The Independent:
On Saturday, in the comments under an Islamophobic nonprofit’s video, where commenters insinuated that single white women were turning France into a majority-Muslim country, Mr Musk claimed, “The childless have little stake in the future.”
The Independent has contacted Mr Musk for comment.
These opinions are hardly surprising for Mr Musk, who has long expressed concerns about declining birth rates in the US and the lack of “smart” people having enough children, views which critics have argued are verging on eugenicist.
In 2022, Musk, who has fathered nine children, wrote on Twitter that, “A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.
Earlier this year, he elaborated, telling former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson that society hasn’t “evolved” to respond to abortions and contraception, which the billionaire incorrectly claimed were invented in the last 50 years.
“I’m sort of worried that hey, civilisation, if we don’t make enough people to at least sustain our numbers, perhaps increase a little bit, then civilisation’s going to crumble,” Musk said. “The old question of, will civilisation end with a bang or a whimper?”
Watch this old clip of Elon Musk talking about the threat of population collapse with Jack Ma:
ASSUMING THAT A.I. IS FINE THAT A.I.,, THERE IS A BENEVOLENT FUTURE WITH A.I., I THINK THEBIGGEST PROBLEM THE WORLD WILL FACE IN 20 YEARS IS POPULATION COLLAPSE. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS: THE BIGGEST ISSUE IN 20 YEARS WILL BE POPULATION COLLAPSE, NOTEXPLOSION, COLLAPSE. IT IS VERY EASY TO SEE WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE IN 20YEARS, BECAUSE HUMANS HAVE A 20 YEAR BOOT SEQUENCE. WHO WAS BORN LAST YEAR?NOW YOU KNOW WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE IN 20 YEARS.JACK: I AGREE THE POPULATION PROBLEM WILL BE FACING A HUGE CHALLENGE. 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE IN CHINA SOUNDS A LOT, BUT IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS WE WILL SEE THIS THING MOVIN — THING WILL BRING BIG TROUBLE TO CHINA. THE SPEED OF POPULATION DECREASING IS GOING TO SPEED UP.YOU CALLED IT COLLAPSE. I AGREE WITH THAT.ELON: ACCELERATING COLLAPSE. THE COMMON REBUTTAL IS, WHAT ABOUT IMMIGRATION?FROM WHERE?JACK: YOU WANT TO GO TO MARS.ELON: MARS NEEDS PEOPLE.