Twitter and Ukraine

Nadin Brzezinski
6 min readDec 14, 2022

The relationship between Elon Musk and Ukraine is complicated. First off, Musk has some authoritarian tendencies, and despite his claims of absolute free speech, he is not. In my view, a democratic Ukraine, nor under the Russian boot, is a threat to Musk and other oligarchs worldwide.

Ukraine is still having problems, but it is an emerging democracy in a world where democracy is under attack. Therefore, this is but one more attack on Ukraine. Some of those attacks are happening in the United States, by the way. Twitter is now taken territory by the far right, in my view.

First, let’s deal with the Starlink network. According to the Washington Post, back in October:

After Russia launched its invasion, Ukrainian officials pleaded for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to dispatch their Starlink terminals to the region to boost Internet access. “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route,” Musk replied to broad online fanfare.

Since then, the company has cast the actions in part as a charitable gesture. “I’m proud that we were able to provide the terminals to folks in Ukraine,” SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said at a public event last month, later telling CNBC, “I don’t think the U.S. has given us any money to give terminals to the Ukraine.”

But according to documents obtained by The Technology 202, the U.S. federal government is in fact paying millions of dollars for a significant portion of the equipment and for the transportation costs to get it to Ukraine.

Of course, Musk loved the adoration. And he is wealthy enough that most people did not look behind the curtain, that is, until the network started to have issues in the East. It was the first signal that Musk was not even a good businessman for those of us who suddenly started to pay very close attention.

Who buys or bought Tesla? The same people who support green energy and democracy. They go together. The far-right MAGA crowd does not. Tesla stock continues to crater.

Then Vladimir Putin started his regular nuclear threats. Remember, every time things go badly on the battlefield, Russia starts with that again. It’s so regular I can set my watch by it. It’s also irresponsible, but we are talking about Russia here.

This scared the living daylights out of Elon Musk. Why? He believes in longtermism, and Cosmism. A nuclear war would be bad for all of us, especially his Mars dream. He does not…

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB