Steve Jobs and Capitalism

It couldn’t have happened in a repressed society. The genius of Steve Jobs and his then partner Steve Wozniak would have been relegated to a state run lab, and all of the innovations and potential they possessed would have been the property of the government. Apple would have remained a vision, and the visionary himself would never have been known. I, for one, am proud that this happened in America. It might be corny to do so, but it’s how I feel about it.

Protesters on Wall Street are trying to convince the world that they somehow possess an answer within the muddled context of their complaint. All they are succeeding in is to illustrate how vacuous and unfocused a life can become when the best you have to offer is to sit in the street and cry foul. I’d hate to think what would happen if we were left to depend on any of them for leadership, inspiration or just plain common sense.

People are not equal in intellect, talent or vision. Being created equal in terms of our humanity is not anything like the dispersal of genius.
Steve Jobs took an idea and turned it into an empire. Should we hate him for that? If so, and if the concept of individualism and capitalism is so completely anathema to the more idealistic pursuit of all things being completely equal, then get rid of your ipod, ipad, itunes and, if you’re fortunate enough to have one on which to write a diatribe against American Capitalism, your Mac.

I mean it. Enough already with the criticism and the unending venomous hurling of words and protests; it’s become so ridiculously hypocritical that I cannot take it seriously. Steve Jobs will be eulogized as genius, philanthropist and icon, and no one will complain about the fact that he became very rich in the process, because everyone who’s writing about him, from almost any perspective, owns one or more of his products.

Having choices is good. Steve Jobs made certain we have a choice. I have a PC and a Mac. If I can afford it, I will eventually go all Mac, all the time. In the meantime, I’ll use what I have and save for the future hope of buying what I want. John Lennon once said he was too materialistic to be a true socialist. I think that probably applies to most people who espouse the dogma. Perhaps there is more to the semantics of the discussion than we care to admit.

Laissez faire.


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