"And so Russia has the raw materials, and China has the industrial capacity," Musk said. "It's frankly, a perfect match from a war standpoint. So I think we need to stop doing that. It's unwise, and I think will lead to an immense risk to civilization. I want to emphasize like that, there's civilizational risk - there are tragedies on an individual level, tragedies on a community level, and then there's civilizational risk. We just need to make sure that we're not putting civilization itself at stake, which is World War 3."
He said he sees "no benefit in prolonging" the war between Russia and Ukraine. He called for peace in that conflict, and a "normalization of relations" between the US and Russia. Citizens of the two nations, he said, are essentially "cousins."
Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy joined Musk in the space hosted by David Sacks, along with others who were intrigued to hear the tech billionaire's perspective on current affairs, namely the war in Ukraine and the status of the US globally.
"I think we are sleepwalking our way into World War 3," Musk said, "Really, people should be deeply self reflective. If they make their predictions have not come true. They should consider whether perhaps there are other predictions might not come true either."
"What is the track record here?" He asked, noting that no one alive today remembers the horror of a world war, as the WWII vets have all passed. People today don't know what that was like. Musk said that we've all, essentially, grown-up "coddled."
The decline of the usefulness of the US dollar globally, the increasing global conflict, and the failure of the US use of sanctions were all items Musk pointed out as signaling that America's current efforts toward furthering war are not likely going to be effective. The US has lost global power, and cannot count on the "might" that previously saw it through.
Musk took a look at the aftermath of World War II, noting that the US had not taken over the world, despite being the strongest nation at the time.
"We could have said we could have absolutely subjugated anyone. And yet, did we do that?" Musk asked. "No. In fact, we helped rebuild Japan. We helped rebuild Europe. And I think that's sort of the greater good."
"There's really quite unusual by historical standards," he continued. "And I'm not saying that the United States only does good things, United States has done good and bad things. But on balance, I think the United States has been a great force for benevolence probably more so than any country in history. And that is worthy of admiration. So I do think that is a good thing. But we don't be naive in seeking to do what we want to and we want to care about the reality of doing good, not the perception of it."
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