His name is Elon Musk, and he has just acquired the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars. As an indication, the Tunisian state budget is approximately $17.5 billion, and Tunisia’s GDP (that is, all the wealth we create combined) is only $47 billion.
Elon Musk is known to be the richest man on the planet with an estimated fortune of $188 billion. We also know him as the head of the car company Tesla and the aerospace company Space X, the very one who is preparing space tourism for our children.
What is less known about Elon Musk is that this business leader, born in 1971 (age 51) in South Africa, built himself alone, far from his family. At the age of twelve, he sold his first video game for the equivalent of $500.
At the age of 17, he traveled to Canada with the aim of obtaining a diploma that would facilitate his entry into American universities and avoid military service in South Africa. His father, a wealthy engineer, property developer and co-owner of an emerald mine, cut him off.
Regardless, Elon Musk will build himself and fund his education through part-time and summer IT jobs. At the age of 22, he left Canada for the United States, where he obtained a series of scholarships that allowed him to earn a couple of diplomas. Although he was accepted as a fellow to pursue a doctorate in energy physics at the prestigious Stanford University, he decided to leave his studies to start his company in 1995, having sniffed out the development of the Internet. That’s the jackpot, his first software company Zip2 (which helps media grow online) was sold in 1999 for $307 million.
He then co-founded the online bank X.com (which would become PayPal after its merger with Confinity in 2000), SpaceX in 2002 and then invested in Tesla in 2004 to become its CEO in 2008.
Elon Musk’s pedigree is a dream. Like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page or the late Steve Jobs (rest his soul). The common point for all these high IQ gifted people is to have started their career all by themselves from scratch. The other common point is that they all succeeded in the United States. Neither in France, nor in Sweden, nor in Russia, nor in China.
There were a few names that popped up here and there, but they were all butchered in full swing. The most famous example, and the most recent, is the Chinese Jack Ma, the founder of the giant Ali Baba.
Let’s forget the rest of the world and stay in Tunisia, since that is what interests us (theoretically) the most.
Why are there no known gifted people in our country? Is there something in the air that prevents the genius gene from developing?
The truth is that the Musks, Bezos and Jobs have the same DNA as ours. The other truth is that they are bipedal brains just like us. They were all born after nine months of pregnancy. It is therefore not a question of genes, but a question of environment.
At the age of twelve, Elon Musk sold his first video game. In Tunisia he would have been ordered to memorize Surah Yassine instead of playing.
At 17, he moved to Canada against his father’s advice. In Tunisia he would have been blocked by the border police because he does not have paternal permission to travel. His entire family would have made him feel guilty for his disobedience and would have promised him a hell in the afterlife. For, it is known, he who disobeys his parents must go to hell.
At the age of 20, Elon Musk financed his studies through summer jobs and part-time work. In Tunisia, the CNSS would have issued grotesque fines to its employers for clandestine work.
At 24, he gave up his doctorate to found his start-up. In Tunisia, startup status is correlated with the diplomas you have.
At 28, he sold his company for $307 million. A grotesque and unimaginable sum in Tunisia. You won’t find anyone willing to extend such a check to a thief.
At 31, he founded SpaceX. Impossible in Tunisia, the sky is a matter of national security. You can’t even fly a small drone!
As soon as he really gained weight, Elon Musk started to face backlash with the US administration, especially the SEC, the stock exchange police. Thanks to his lawyers, he managed to outdo them all.
The Arab-Muslim identity, our habits and customs, our administration, our rigid laws, our entrepreneurial culture that favors the old over the young, the total rejection of risk-taking, the omnipresent state (even in our bedrooms), the legal system, all this preventing our geniuses and gifted people from creating SpaceX, Apple and Google.
In Tunisia, as soon as you start breaking through and making money, you find people who envy you, break you, demean you. It starts with the family and goes up to the state. If you are rich, you are bound to be corrupt. At best, you are a suspect.
As soon as you begin to take your path and your flight, we will give you lessons in dos and don’ts, we will tell you that you are crazy, we will remind you of those who have failed, we will take a malicious pleasure to put a spoke in your wheels, and we will invite you to walk little by little, because those who run, burn.
If you have ever become a little rich, just a little, we will tell you about the just distribution of wealth, the poor who cannot find what to eat, and the obligation to be content with a little because contentment is divine (القناعة من الدين). You will spend your days responding to the various job and loan applicants around you that you don’t know how to say no to, enduring gossip, enduring the medieval aberrations of the administration, and defending your integrity before a corrupt court. .
To become like Bezos, Jobs or Gates, you must first of all be a solid entrepreneur and a big dreamer. In Tunisia, we do nothing to boost entrepreneurship, and we are specialists in breaking the dreams of young people.
Tunisia is currently in the midst of a crisis. What have we done to boost entrepreneurship, the only one capable of creating jobs, growth and prosperity? Nothing ! Worse, the head of state is proud to say that we will never see that with the wealthy.
You will tell me, yes, but Tunisia is no exception, there are also no Musk, Page and Zuckerberg in the rest of the world.
It is true. There is something in the United States that is not found anywhere else, which is to offer an environment that promotes entrepreneurship, a real magnet for geniuses from all over the world.
While Europe and the rest of the world still struggle with socialism, communism, religion and poverty, we have overcome all that in the United States. Despite the still-prevailing racism and despite the serious crime, America does not envy its geniuses. Universities, administration, society and justice accompany them at every stage of their development to make America the greatest power in the world. We bet on the individual, and it is the collective of individuals that makes a nation’s wealth. In the United States, it is the state that is at the service of this person and not the other way around.
In the rest of the regions, the spirit of Adam Smith is almost or even completely absent. In socialism, communism, Islamism or “theidiom the individual is and must remain a poor servant of the state, society, religion and family.