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On matters of right and wrong

Incomplete consensus

Last month, Elon Musk tweeted a horrifyingly pro-Russian peace proposal for Ukraine.

While it bothers me when celebrities support evil, I have come to expect it.

But when the general populace does not fully renounce evil, it does bother me.

Almost 3 million people responded on Twitter, and only 60% renounced it.

Do 40% of people really support Russia’s actions?

Are Musk’s followers not representative of the general population? (I do hope this is the case?)

Are the published numbers simply untrue? (And would that be good because the world isn’t as messed up as I might fear, or bad because it would be another plausible seeming source of lies in the world?)

I would have hoped that everyone would renounce an unprovoked war of aggression and rogue states profiting from starting one.

Of course, I would also have presumed that there was general consensus on the world being round and the germ theory of disease.

Yes, I am a naive optimist.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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