A recent Wall Street Journal article ruffled some feathers by alleging Elon Musk’s past drug use has SpaceX and Tesla leaders worried. But are these executive concerns justified? Or is the media high on generating clickbait controversy?
According to the WSJ, Musk hasn’t just dabbled in weed. He’s apparently indulged in a pharmacopeia of party favors including LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, mushrooms and ketamine. Musk’s intergalactic brain doubtless conjured profound insights during these psychedelic trips. But some SpaceX and Tesla execs purportedly fear his mind-expanding experiments could jeopardize the companies.
These smear campaigns against Musk are transparent attempts to muzzle and control him. Why? Because he enables free speech on X/Twitter and speaks his unfiltered mind. Musk is a rare billionaire who doesn’t just pay lip service to free speech – he lives it. So the media tries branding him an unstable druggie rather than engaging logically with his ideas.
But actions speak louder than smears. In 2023 alone, Musk sold more EVs than any automaker and launched 80% of all orbital payloads. And he achieved these feats while microdosing psychedelics daily? That only makes his accomplishments more impressive!
Musk himself debunked the media’s potshots, tweeting “After that one puff with Rogan, I agreed, at NASA’s request, to do 3 years of random drug testing. Not even trace quantities were found of any drugs or alcohol. WSJ is not fit to line a parrot cage for bird”. So either Musk has a superhuman metabolism that vaporizes all drugs instantly, or he simply isn’t using regularly.
In truth, Musk’s brilliance stems not from substances but from questioning conventional wisdom and thinking rigorously from first principles. His towering intellect would be extraordinary even completely sober.
So let’s retire this false narrative of Musk as a drug-addled lunatic. Pedro Rodriguez didn’t become a legendary Formula 1 driver because of cocaine. Steve Jobs didn’t revolutionize personal computing with LSD alone. And Musk’s success similarly stems from unique genius, not questionable habits.