Comment by patri-friedman on The Craft & The Community - A Post-Mortem & Resurrection · 2017-11-05T05:20:44.833Z · LW · GW
my husband is setting up a homeschooling center in Berkeley...Elon Musk founded a school to educate his kids. It's kind of a convergent thing to do

These examples seem to me provide great support for the claim that the Bay Area is a terribly difficult place to raise children. If I heard that you and Elon Musk were growing your own herbs to counteract the toxic levels of pesticides found in storebought spices, I would conclude that the food supply is seriously effed up, not that everything is fine.

Yes, you're demonstrating that it's ameliorable, but the fact that high-performing people need to put in individual effort to get a decent solution to a common need is not exactly encouraging. And depending on a community to invent novel solutions at half market price is generally not a winning stra