‘Incredibly dangerous narcissism’ – President Michael D. Higgins slams Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover ploy

PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins has accused Elon Musk of “incredibly dangerous narcissism” over his attempt to buy Twitter.

he President took on the world’s richest man in a sweeping address to a conference on climate change.

He went off script when discussing the media’s role in raising climate change issues, and while he didn’t refer to Mr Musk by name, he did talk about how “somebody announces they can buy Twitter”.

“A multi-billionaire would now decide what it is appropriate for people to share in public discourse,” he said.

“I think it can hardly be described as anything other than a manifestation of an incredibly dangerous narcissism.”

President Higgins also used his address to criticize Russia’s actions in Ukraine, which he said were “entirely illegal and in violation of every principle of international law”.

They are an example of the “dangerous tendency of imperialism,” he said at the inaugural conference of Dublin City University’s new Center for Climate and Society.

His remarks were made in the presence of Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland Gerasko Larysa.

President Higgins said at the event that the failure of democracy and a lack of respect for nature make it difficult for him to be hopeful about the state of the world.

“What if we don’t change? If we don’t have the paradigm shift? We will see increasing strain on global communities, resource scarcity… contributing to conflict and forced migration.”

He said future generations may see the current population as criminals. “I fight for hope,” he said.

President Higgins lashed out at overconsumption and the “myth of progress” built on ever-increasing economic growth that benefits few.

He said the response to the climate crisis must come from all sectors of society and he commended those working to give meaning to the issue.

“One of the great things about Ireland coming through Covid was that we didn’t have any generational divides,” he said.

Climate protection needed the same response – locally, nationally and globally from people of all ages.

President Higgins said the importance of universal services and government leadership in delivering them during Covid highlights the vital role of government in responding to crises.

In prepared remarks, which he did not make, he said that if the public is to be persuaded to take action, the government and agencies must step up their efforts to combat climate change.

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“The Irish State must lead by example if it is to have credibility and realistic hope to take its citizens on the challenging journey to a zero-carbon future,” he wrote.

The DCU established its Center for Climate and Society last year with financial support from Deloitte.

University President Daire Keogh said the center is a response to the realization that climate change is no longer just a problem for the natural sciences.

“It’s a political problem, it’s a communication problem, it’s a media problem, it’s an ethics problem, it’s an education problem, it’s a corporate problem,” he said.

“Indeed, it’s a challenge that all sectors of society need to respond to.” This would be reflected in the center’s research agenda, he said. ‘Incredibly dangerous narcissism’ – President Michael D. Higgins slams Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover ploy

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