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Steve Jobs, capitalism and the new protests

By Sumantra Miatra,

Two seriously important and related things happened in the USA last week. Steve Jobs is no more. And over 500 “protesters” were arrested in one of the biggest rallies against capitalism, near the heart of capitalism … Wall Street.


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  • Left, Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers the keynote address at the 2011 Apple World Wide Developers Conference. Right, Occupy Wall Street protesters and union members stage a protest near Wall Street in New York.     Photograph of Steve Jobs by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. Photograph of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
    How are they related?

    You see, Steve Jobs exemplifies the best of capitalism, a man born out of wedlock, adopted in his childhood and who dropped out from college, started his first company in his garage and went on to change the world, with his sheer talent, creativity, and never-say-die attitude. He had quality. He understood the market. And he provided.

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    And the world welcomed him with open arms. He never had to ask for government subsidies, instead, he went on to generate employment for thousands of the masses. When he was asked if he would lay off his employees he said that instead they would produce better products which would force the customer to open their wallets.

    He believed in competition, he believed in winning, it didn’t matter whether by a meter or a mile. And he hated mediocrity.

    He came from a time when men were men, when values were values, and he was not a coward or an opportunist to shy away from competition or demand free subsidies, and blame corporates.

    On the other hand, we see a bunch of people, frustrated mediocre degenerates, who hate competition and push self-contradictory demands (like ending fossil fuel and stopping nuclear power stations). A socialist generation used to subsidies, and more and more government interference in their lives, masses of people who are used to getting things free, blaming outsourcing, capitalism, and corporates for all their woes, instead of studying and fighting to survive with better products and services.

    Typical. Mediocre. Pathetic.

    Thank you Steve. And travel well. Maybe this world no longer deserves fighters like you.

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