Reflections about Steve Jobs

SteveJobsThumbby Brad Nelson   11/12/13
One thing thoroughly reaffirmed in the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (which I recently finished) is that “Nice guys finish last.” That’s not a lament, just a statement of fact. Thus one of the problems with socialism is that everyone is supposed to be “nice.” Well, nice doesn’t get you anywhere.

That’s not a call for everyone being a Steve Jobs. But one of the aspects I like about Jobs is that he cut through the bullshit — even while serving it up himself in big doses.

One of his greatest achievements was the “Think Different” campaign. He put that out when he came back to Apple from his stint in the wilderness at NeXT (if you can call acquiring PIXAR and becoming a billionaire being in the wilderness). But this campaign was also before he had produced any new products at Apple. That campaign was a sign to both Apple and to everyone else that the era of mediocrity was over.

“Think Different,” of course, meant “Think liberal,” as probably most people understood it. This is how Obama got elected, for instance. Everyone just assumes he is the political equivalent of Steve Jobs. But Jobs backed up his rhetoric with actual products. Had he not, he would have just been a blowhard.

But the fact is, Obama is backing up his rhetoric as well. It’s just that the libtards have drunk too deeply from the kool-aid to understand that his “hope and change” is “Marxism and Communism,” not rainbows, unicorns, and puppy dogs.

But Jobs delivered. It is the height of irony in that, in libtard California, he pushed highly capitalist ideas of excellence rather than kumbaya. He thought of himself as the Nietzschean Übermensch, a guy for whom the normal rules don’t apply. And he lived his life that way in many respects, from parking in the handicapped zone to regularly speeding down the freeway at 100 mph.

As I’ve long said, in many ways, tech, with Jobs as sort of a high priest, is the secular religion of our times. It combines the pleasant aspects of the youth movement (with its unquenchable desire for novelty) with the liberal conceits of being the elite — all sanctified under our new guiding light of “science.” Oddly, Rush Limbaugh is one of the biggest advocates of the Mac. And he is because he loves the products. He likes cool and things that “just work.” So one doesn’t have to drink all the kool-aid to enjoy the benefits of a Mac or Apple products.

All across this country the Übermensch conceit of “Progressivism” is unraveling. Debt, the deleterious effects of socialism, and the mob mentality that the Democrat Party has instilled into a large segment of the population is now “unsustainable,” to use a libtard word. And all these things are the very enemy of Apple which, according to the Left, is evil because it is a big corporation driven by profits. Worse, they “exploit” the workers in third world countries.

But stick Al Gore on your board, mouth the libtard lines, and you can inoculate yourself from much of that. I doubt that Steve Jobs was that self-conscious about it. But that’s how it worked out. And that’s what most companies in America are self-consciously doing as they look to buy-off the mob with “diversity” programs and all this other libtard shit (and I hope Jobs would call it “shit,” for he indeed pushed for excellence, not affirmative action, in his own companies).

Thus I truly do lament the passing of Jobs probably more than most. The “masses” now are generally unreflective and largely unthinking. They are set up now to be told what they are to do. It might not be long until government tells companies what, if any, kinds of hi-tech products they can make. This may sound silly now, but this is the goal of the Marxists that California libtards and others have empowered. They have no “off” button in regards to central planning. And they fool the masses with lofty rhetoric of “multiculturalism” and support for boutique causes such as “gay marriage.”

Think Different, indeed. If only people would. I admire Jobs, in part, because (much like Obama) he was a master manipulator. And sometimes things need to be manipulated. But unlike Obama, Jobs actually produced products of value and that made people’s lives better. That is no small thing. It will probably be ages until the libtard “Progressive” crowd ever sees past the rhetoric of Obama and his ilk to the reality and the destruction they are causing. But then, reality distortion fields were not invented by Jobs. • (1460 views)

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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2 Responses to Reflections about Steve Jobs

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Churchill is supposed to have observed that democracy is the worst form of government — barring all the others. The basis is the assumption that most of the population will be informed voters, but the problem is that this is only true for those who are interested in following the issues (or are special interests, and even then they only know their own specific concerns). It’s especially amusing that elitists, who don’t think people can run their own lives, nevertheless pretend to believe that they can choose the people who will instead run their lives.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Another overall meme, Timothy, is probably the move from an idea-based culture to an image-based one. It is said that before the coming of mass media with heavy graphical images, most people got their information from text-only newspapers.

      Now, that textual content may be biased as it often was. But there is an inherent difference between, say, reading a book as opposed to passively watching a TV program. We have become the passive entertainment culture. Narcissistic? Surely. Uninformed? Without a doubt. But I think a very under-reported aspect is the sheer nature of the medium by which we get a sense of who we are and what we think (or if we think at all).

      Dennis Prager has some terrific thoughts on this in his book, “Think a Second Time.” One should pick this up today and jump right to the chapter in which he discusses his television program. He writes about the inherent dumbing-down aspect of television which is geared toward sensationalism not thoughtfulness.

      Jobs’ stated goal was to put powerful and easy-to-use tools into the hands of people so that they could create “insanely great” stuff themselves. But as it turned out, most of the products that made Apple truly gigantic were passive-entertainment devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I don’t blame Jobs for that. He even received this kind of criticism regarding the iPad and then worked quickly to include some content-creation Apps such as “Pages.” But it still is what it is.

      The success of Apple could be credited to creating great products for a dumbed-down, passive-enterment populace and then making them feel as if they were “Think Different” Einsteins for doing so. Flattery seems to be the modus operandi of those who would seize power in today’s culture.

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