Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, SpaceX, and Tesla, issued a warning at the World Government Summit in Dubai against the idea of a singular global government.
Speaking via video link at the event, which is dedicated to shaping the future of governments and uses technology to solve global problems, Musk said, “I think we should be maybe a little bit concerned about actually becoming too much of a single world government.”
Musk cautioned against the risk of creating a civilizational risk due to too much cooperation between governments. He suggested that a single catastrophic event could have global consequences if the world is too interlinked, leading to the collapse of civilization.
“We want to avoid creating a civilizational risk by having, frankly—this may sound a little odd—too much cooperation between governments,” he said.
Musk drew parallels between the historical rise and fall of separate civilizations and how humanity as a whole survived because they were not completely interlinked.
He noted that while Rome was falling, Islam was rising and highlighted the advancements in technology and science at the time.
Musk emphasized that the world needs “some amount of civilizational diversity such that if something does go wrong with some part of civilization, the whole thing doesn’t collapse and humanity keeps moving forward.”
The billionaire entrepreneur has previously warned that civilization will collapse if people do not start having more children.
“Look at the numbers — if people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble,” he said at the Wall Street Journal’s annual CEO Council in 2021.
Birth rates declined by 4% from 2019 to 2020, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
In July 2022, Musk tweeted, “A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.”
At the World Government Summit, Musk also encouraged politicians to “speak authentically” on social media and announced plans to find a new Twitter CEO by the end of the year.