Tulsi Gabbard and the politics of envy

A lot of folks on the Right (me included) were praising Tulsi Gabbard in 2020 for standing against the radicals in her party, especially for taking on Hillary Clinton and calling her the “queen of warmongers.” That’s why I was so disappointed to see her embrace the same Politics of Envy as the socialists in her party, openly wishing that Jeff Bezos would never come back to Earth – a very dark statement.

As the billionaires/power elite look down upon our planet they believe they own from their heavenly perch, regular folk struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table. Never has the divide between the elite and the rest of us been so stark.

It does not hurt anyone that Bezos built a rocket with his own money end flew into space – employing many people and creating high-paying jobs in the process. Gabbard is just stirring up populist envy. After the courage she displayed in 2020, it is unfortunate to see her taking this position.

The fact that private corporations are pushing the space race into the next level presents some exciting opportunities: For new technology, better satellite service and other things. Private space travel is the domain of billionaires right now, but as private businesses compete with each other the cost will come down and eventually space travel will open up to the general public.

This is not historically unusual. DVD players ran for $1000 yearly on, and now you can buy a DVD player just as good as (or better than) those original machines for $25 at pretty much any store. The VCR was similarly expensive when it launched. Both dishwashers and refrigerators – staples of the modern kitchen – were very expensive luxury goods for the wealthy when they were introduced.

Instead of adopting socialist rhetoric end resenting people who can afford things we cannot, we should be excited for the new opportunities this presents down the road.