LAUNCHING DRAGONS

Audio-book Review
By Chet Yarbrough

(Blog:awalkingdelight)
Website: chetyarbrough.com

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Written by: Ashlee Vance

Narrated by: Fred Sanders

ASHLEE VANCE (AUTHOR, JOURNALIST)

Ashlee Vance writes about launching dragons in a biography of Elon Musk.  Like the mythical fire breathing beast that destroys civilizations, Musk’s fire-breathing ambition levels two of the most powerful organizations in the world; e.g. the auto industry and government bureaucracy.

ELON MUSK’S DRAGON LAUNCH BY SPACEX, CO. (Like the mythical fire-breathing beast that destroys civilizations, Musk’s fire-breathing ambition levels two of the most powerful organizations in the world; e.g. the auto industry and government bureaucracy.)

Tesla Motors is the first automobile manufacturer to receive a unanimous vote as the best car of the year.  SpaceX is the first private rocket manufacturer to successfully transport satellites and cargo into space.  The principal behind these extraordinary feats is Elon Musk, a combination of the fictional Tony Stark and the real Thomas Edison.  Not since the 1920s has anyone successfully launched a new automobile manufacturer.  Never in history has a private company launched rockets into space to service the international space station.

TONY STARK (CHARACTER OF IRON MAN PLAYED BY ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Said to have been based on Elon Musk who Downey visited before making the first Iron Man movie.)
THOMAS EDISON (1847-1931, AMERICAN INVENTOR, BUSINESSMAN, CONSIDERED BY SOME TO BE AMERICA’S GREATEST INVENTOR.)

Vance shows that Musk has an optimistic vision of the future of America and the world.  His willingness to risk everything for alternative energy sources, and reduction of carbon-based energy consumption are astounding in this recurrent era of capitalist greed.  Musk’s focus is on transition from traditional industrial methods of production to technological innovation.  His methodology is a combination of traditional cost-based negotiation, vertical business integration, and hard work.  The methods are not new but Musk’s extraordinary intelligence and personal commitment are reminiscent of great inventor/innovators in history.

FIRST TESLA (ALL ELECTRIC ROADSTER, Tesla Motors is the first automobile manufacturer to receive a unanimous vote as the best car of the year. )
JUSTINE MUSK (NOVELIST, ELON MUSK’S FIRST WIFE)

Vance clearly illustrates that Musk is not perfect but his story will eventually, if not now, be recorded as historically important.

For one thing, Musk exposes the lie of Trump’s vilification of immigrants.  Musk is born as a South African who comes to America through Canada.  He becomes an American job producer and manufacturer when both are sorely needed to revivify the, largely mythical, American dream.  Musk gives America hope.

TRUMP’S IMAGE OF THE WORLD (Musk is born as a South African who comes to America through Canada.  He becomes an American job producer and manufacturer when both are sorely needed to revivify the, largely mythical, American dream.  Musk gives America hope. )

Musk faces many obstacles in his life; just as all humans do.  One advantage for Musk is in being white; oh, and being blessed with a prodigious memory, extraordinary cognitive ability, and an immense drive to succeed.  Musk relentlessly pursues what he believes in.  Fortunately, Musk’s natural advantages work toward the best interests of humanity; e.g. a cleaner environment, exploration and/or colonization of other worlds.

DONALD TRUMP AND GLOBAL WARMING (Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords is reminiscent of ignorant industrial Luddites.)

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords is reminiscent of ignorant industrial Luddites.  Innovators like Musk pursue an opportune future while Trump and others pursue the mythology of the past.

Both Musk’s and Trump’s errors are human, but their consequences are hugely different. Vance’s biography of Musk shows releasing dragons can benefit society.  In contrast, Trump’s dragons only harm society.  In history, Musk will be remembered fondly; Trump will be recalled sadly.

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