Space launches of Branson and Bezos show how out of touch some of world’s wealthiest are

Earth is too busy to marvel at the billionaire space race

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his three crewmates experience zero gravity during Blue Origin's first flight to space with passengers. Video: Blue Origin

This week we have been treated to several absurd fixtures in the news cycle.

We are talking Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos’s jolly into space (mere days after Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s similar expedition); the announcement of Prince Harry’s memoir that no one asked for; and Dominic Cummings’ loosening grip on relevance and hardening appearance of sheer desperation. Welcome to Summer 2021: the season of men teleologically geared to destroying their own reputation.

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