How a love of sci fi drives Elon Musk and an idea of 'extreme capitalism'

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Elon Musk draws a lot of inspiration from sci fi, says historian Jill Lepore. Pool/Getty Images

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Elon Musk’s headline-grabbing offer for Twitter is the latest in a series of high-stakes moves for the world’s richest person. Musk has made a name for himself as a bombastic CEO who commands attention from a legion of fans while also courting controversy.

But he’s more than a celebrity — he’s arguably the author and avatar of a new political economy. That is how Harvard University

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