The term Great Leap Forward comes to mind. No doubt there are many differences between Musk and Mao, but both achieved certain things — Mao won a major civil war, Musk designed a space craft that reached the ISS — and both were capable of serious overconfidence. I fear that Musk's Great Leap Mars-ward will cause major loss of life, possibly to Martian microbes, more probably to would-be human colonists...

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