The news on the morning of November 2nd, Beijing time, “Boiled beans and burns the bean-skipper, and the beans are weeping in the cauldron. It was born from the same root, so why is it too anxious to fry each other.” Grief, anger and pain.But this ancient poem suddenly appeared on Tesla CEO Musk’s Twitter (also synchronized on Weibo), and it really felt like a broken circle, which made people a little unpredictable.
Musk quoted Cao Zhi’s seven-step poem: This is the same root…
You read that right, this is not a high copy of Musk account, although the spoof account of BoredElonMusk is actually more interesting than the real one. This is not like hacking. In July last year, Musk’s Twitter account was indeed stolen, but after the hacker got the account, he began to send bitcoin fraud messages. They should not be so elegant. They hacked the most valuable Twitter account just to spread Chinese classical literature. Musk not only published the Chinese version of the seven-step poem, but also prefixed the poem with Humankind.
Trump, who “rules the country by Twitter”, has been permanently cancelled by Twitter. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has completely blocked any possibility of his future return to the platform, and will never restore his account even if he is re-elected. Now Musk is the number one influencer on Twitter. Any of his remarks, jokes, rants, and gags will become the focus of attention and become the content of the news media of all sizes. Yes, I wrote this report just to mix traffic.
By the way, as an outstanding piece of Chinese classical poetry, there are of course many English versions of “Seven Steps”, and this is one of the translated versions.
《Quatrain of Seven Steps》，
“Boiling beans by burning the beanstalks,
The beans are sobbing inside the pot.
Both of them were from the same root,
Why should the beanstalk torture the beans so eagerly?”
Below this tweet is also a variety of comments. Some Chinese users popularized Chinese history, introduced the background of the seven-step poem, and posted pictures of the Three Kingdoms; some English users were using Google Translate to understand the general meaning of the seven-step poem. There are more people who are speculating whether this is related to cryptocurrency or whether they are still feeling the human world. The user Justin Sun who ranked first to comment is Justin Sun who has a sense of presence everywhere. This sense of existence is free, and it saves more money than he spent tens of millions on buying Buffett’s lunch.
So why did Musk suddenly publish such an ancient Chinese poem with the introduction of “humanity”? Of course, only he himself knows this, and he has not yet explained it. So there is still a question for the time being.
Musk can be said to be proud of the recent breeze. Following the recent gains in the US stock market, Tesla’s market value exceeded one trillion US dollars and joinedApple,Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook’s giant clubs. And Musk’s personal assets have exceeded 300 billion US dollars, becoming the world’s new richest man, far exceeding the original world’s richest man such as Bezos and Gates.
That’s right, Musk is now looking up, no one can reach. In Musk’s circle of friends, in addition to the two founders of Google who are his friends, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook are all companies that Musk has publicly ridiculed, and Bezos and Zuckerberg are even more insignificant. People, one can only imitate behind his ass, and the other is a guy who sells user data to make money (these are all his public comments). Musk especially likes to publicly demean Bezos. Blue Origin can only follow SpaceX in the aerospace field, and satellite network services are imitating SpaceX. After he became the world’s richest man, he gave Bezos a silver medal casually. (It seems that Bezos is really embarrassed to pull Black Musk.)
Of course, if assets exceed US$300 billion and become the strongest pig in the world, there will also be new troubles. Should the world’s richest man also become the world’s best benefactor? Gates has set an example. He and Buffett initiated a pledge of donation, calling on billionaires around the world to donate half of their property for public welfare.
Although this pledge of donation is only a verbal pledge and has no binding force, more and more business celebrities join it, and the super-rich who have not joined it will feel the pressure of public opinion forcing donations.
Originally, Bezos had no interest in charity, but after seeing the divorce, his ex-wife had donated US$8.5 billion in a year and a half (as of July this year), and Bezos couldn’t sit still. He also announced that he would invest US$10 billion in combating climate change in the next ten years. At today’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bezos announced that it would invest US$2 billion (including US$10 billion) in afforestation and agricultural development.
Musk now feels the pressure of Bezos. Not long after he became the richest man in the world, the benefactors came to the door. David Beasley, director of the United Nations Food Program (WFP), publicly called Musk, hoping that the world’s richest man can help alleviate global hunger. Beasley said that Musk donated 2% of his wealth (that is, 6 billion US dollars), can help the world avoid famine. Of course, this kind of initiative will always get the most reposts.
The richest man also wants face. Musk also has the world’s largest Ego. After the news was continuously forwarded, Musk responded publicly, “If you explain how US$6 billion can alleviate global hunger, I will sell stocks to donate money.” After seeing the richest man’s public response, Beasley immediately responded, saying, Willing to come directly to ask Musk to explain the expenditure of funds, whether it is earth or space. The United Nations Food Program also officially reposted this tweet.
In fact, Musk also made donations for public welfare before, but his donations are mainly in environmental protection, new energy research and development, and science.educateThe fields facing the future of mankind rarely involve the current problems of the earth, such as disaster relief and poverty relief, eradication of hunger, and treatment of diseases. This time the United Nations publicly “forced donation” to Musk to help the hungry people. I don’t know whether he will donate or not and how much he will donate.
It is a headache for the government to increase taxes when it comes to alms. The Democratic Party has been calling for years of “increasing taxes on the super-rich”, and finally it is about to enter the legislative stage. Since the assets of the super-rich Bezos and Musk are mainly stocks, the basic annual salary is almost zero; according to the previous tax law, as long as they do not sell stocks for cash, they cannot tax the appreciation of these stock assets.
Earlier tax tables exposed by the US media showed that billionaires such as Bezos and Musk had unsatisfactory “tax avoidance feats”. As long as they did not sell stocks, they would have no income. Without income, they would not pay federal income tax. Some people may ask, Musk has no cash income, what should he do when he wants to use the money? He can use his Tesla holdings to mortgage loans. Before Musk’s seven luxury homes in California were all mortgaged.
The gap between the rich and the poor in American society is widening. They propose to levy a tailor-made “super-rich wealth tax” on more than 700 super-rich people with assets of more than $1 billion. How to collect? Subtracting losses from stock appreciation increases the capital gains tax by 23.8% each year.
Thanks to the crazy spike in Tesla’s stock price, Musk’s assets have doubled fifteen times in the past two years, from US$20 billion to US$300 billion. In order to avoid taxation, he even sold out the California real estate and moved to Texas, because Texas has no state personal income tax and no state capital gains tax. In California, these two tax rates are the highest in the United States. This simple move will save you tens of billions of taxes when you sell stocks for cash in the future, which is totally worth it.
If the Democratic Party’s “super-rich wealth tax” becomes a reality, then Musk will be levied billions of dollars in equity capital gains tax every year. The richest man seems to have a headache about this matter, and he does not want to leave the impression that he is avoiding taxes to the outside world. He complained to the media that the maximum tax rate for being forced to sell stocks is as high as 53%.
However, it is not the Democrats’ final say whether to increase taxes or not. Republicans who advocate tax cuts firmly refuse to agree. The Democrats only have 50 votes in the Senate. As long as there is one vote against it, it is impossible to pass the bill. The two Democratic senators from West Virginia and Arizona are actually neutrals, and they do not agree with the proposal for tax increases. Like many bills between the two parties in the United States, the “super-rich wealth tax” was blasted with thunder, and in the end it is likely to be empty.
Of course, Musk may also be browsing Chinese history and culture in a simple house in Texas, and accidentally saw this ancient poem that has become popular in China, and it was posted directly on Twitter on a whim. After all, when Musk thinks of China, he thinks it is of great significance.
When did Tesla’s stock price soar? After the Shanghai Super Factory was completed and put into production. Thanks to the strong support from the Chinese government to the Shanghai plant, Tesla was able to build the second super factory as quickly as possible, which not only greatly eased Tesla’s capacity crisis at the time, but also opened up the world’s largest new energy source. Car market. Tesla’s financial crisis has been resolved and the cash crisis that has plagued it for many years has been eliminated in one fell swoop, and this has begun the journey of soaring stock prices. Musk also excitedly danced a magical dance in Shanghai.
Being an old friend of the Chinese people was his first step on the road to the world’s richest man. Thinking of this, Musk gave a thumbs up.