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Reminds me of this essay (quoted in the Newsroom - h/t P.Krugman), with mentions of Musk, Norquist and the libertarian streak of many SV types:

Tech nerds are smart. But they can't seem to get their heads around politics. - Vox

Showing up means dealing with annoying people, many of whom are on your side. It means unpleasant compromises and second- or third-best solutions. But there's no way a new world can be born out of the old one without the midwifery of public policy. Musk may be several orders of magnitude smarter than most politicians, but politics is nonetheless the eye of the needle through which his enterprises must pass on their way to the promised land.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 at 03:58:32 PM EST
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Tech nerds are smart. But they can't seem to get their heads around politics.
Tesla got off the ground in part because of US policy, including an early Department of Energy loan and an ongoing electric vehicle tax credit. SolarCity got off the ground because of policies like state renewable energy standards and net metering, and has gotten some of its biggest contracts with the US military.
Some say all Musk businesses and profits come from government support. In a practical sense, Musk is politically savvy in business like no one else. All the talk about dumb political failure to implement the revenue-neutral carbon tax is just hot air to Musk as well. In pro-active social politics, "givers" like Musk are more potent than Washington DC.

The "silicon" Burning Man illustrates the power of the gift-giving-for-status economy. The hunter-gatherer, socialist-anarchist and capitalist paradises might have a lot in common, once some part of human nature kicks in.

by das monde on Mon Aug 31st, 2015 at 07:28:59 AM EST
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