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25 of the most honest reactions to the billionaire space race. 'They could've ended world hunger'

25 of the most honest reactions to the billionaire space race. 'They could've ended world hunger'

Unlike the uber-rich, not everyone's amused by the billionaire space race that Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk are currently engrossed in.

Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk are currently engrossed in a billionaire space race that aims to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel. This unofficial race kicked off Sunday when the nearly 71-year-old Branson and five crewmates traveled to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic vehicle, beating Bezos—the richest person on the planet—by nine days. Unlike the uber-rich, however, not everyone's amused by this "tragically wasteful ego contest" as writer Jacob Silverman puts it.



 

 

"If all goes well... Branson will return to Earth having cemented his claim to... what exactly?" Silverman asked in a piece for The New Republic. "Spending money he's earned off the labor of low-wage workers and shuffled between offshore tax havens, he will be the winner in an extravagant pageant that's designed less to inaugurate a new era of spaceflight than to drum up business for his other companies. Branson, like his would-be spacefaring competitors, isn't an innovator; he's a salesman." Many on Twitter shared similar sentiments, criticizing the billionaires for being extremely out of touch with reality.

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