Guest Post: If You Want More Jobs, Look To Steve Jobs

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

If You Want More Jobs, Look To Steve Jobs

You’ve undoubtedly heard by now that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer; it’s been all over the news with wall-to-wall coverage, and iCandle vigils have sprung up all over the world. Jobs is being remembered as a pioneer, a technological revolutionary, a visionary.  Rightfully so.

But it’s important to give credit where credit is due, and the world owes a tremendous debt to Steve Jobs for something else. He was perhaps the greatest living example of ‘philanthropy’ in action.

While people like Warren Buffet are pleading with the government to raise their taxes and give away their wealth to sycophantic bureaucrats, Jobs showed time and time again that the best way to improve people’s lives is to create value and be productive.

Steve Jobs was one of the most productive human beings to have ever lived; he started several successful companies which directly employed tens of thousands of people. Indirectly, his businesses improved the livelihoods of millions across the globe, from Chinese factory workers to iPhone app programmers to Apple shareholders.

In building an empire and unimaginable wealth for himself, Steve Jobs enriched the lives and livelihoods of others by creating value. Not by forced redistribution. Not by giving things away. By creating value.

Ironically, just as I write this I am watching President Obama on Bloomberg Television trying to explain how many jobs his new plan will create– 1.9 million in his estimate:

“We’re just going to keep on going at it and hammering away… until… something gets done. I would love to see nothing more than Congres act… so aggressively.”

Politicians would do themselves and their constituents a great service by comparing their own track record for enriching people’s lives against Steve Jobs’ performance, and then kindly stepping out of the way. The path to prosperity is not paved in votes, but rather in freedom: the freedom to create, produce, risk work hard… and be rewarded for your efforts.

If you have the time, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes and read some of Jobs’ own words; there are boundless sources online that will praise his creativity, drive, and intellect, but perhaps no one is better suited to explain Steve Jobs than the man himself.

Below I’ve pasted in some key quotes taken from his 2005 Stanford commencement address, and an old 1985 interview with Playboy magazine that the folks at Zero Hedge dug up. Enjoy.

Jobs on -not- following the crowd:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma– which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Jobs on change and politics:

“We’re making the largest investment of capital that humankind has ever made in weapons over the next five years. We have decided, as a society, that that’s where we should put our money, and that raises the deficits and, thus, the cost of our capital.”

“I think it takes a crisis for something to occur in America. And I believe there’s going to be a crisis of significant proportions in the early Nineties as these problems our political leaders should have been addressing boil up to the surface.”

Jobs on charity… and the importance of failure:

“And that’s the problem with most philanthropy– there’s no measurement system. You give somebody some money to do something and most of the time you can really never measure whether you failed or succeeded in your judgment of that person or his ideas or their implementation. So if you can’t succeed or fail, it’s really hard to get better.”

Jobs on careers:

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. . .  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. . . So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Jobs on making it count:

Most of the time, we’re taking things. Neither you nor I made the clothes we wear; we don’t make the food or grow the foods we eat; we use a language that was developed by other people; we use another society’s mathematics. Very rarely do we get a chance to put something back into that pool. I think we have that opportunity now. And no, we don’t know where it will lead. We just know there’s something much bigger than any of us here.

Jobs on [the blue screen of] death:

“[D]eath is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

Well done, Mr. Jobs. Be thou at peace.

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wang's picture
wang (not verified) Oct 6, 2011 12:35 PM

Thanks Steve

Foxconn rocks

saiybat's picture

These people had no hope for a future thanks to Apple.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

Yeah, sorry Simon. Do not agree. He didn't make life better for everyone. Everyone keeps reusing the quote about not believing in a dogma, but what is Apple itself? A brand loyally followed by the 'in crowd' that believes true wealth is debt and ipads.

About par for the course in our society.

trav7777's picture

Craapl is the ULTIMATE dogma now.  Neologism..."cultimate."  That is Craapl.

TravsMom's picture

Back off from my new friend!

tarsubil's picture

The P1r@te B@y did more to improve my life than being Jobbed by a bunch of iHoles with crAAPL.

Cynical Sidney's picture


steve jobs lived in a time when corporations did NOT engage in massive anti-competitive practices like patent abuse, to kill all competition. the 'internet' was not copyrighted, apple/microsoft was not sued for taking ideas from xerox os/unix commandline os, and there were no patent wars between apple and samsung. steve lived in a time when apple didn't try to control every aspect of the user experience, when the youth of their generation had great mobility to freely innovate, there were no leveraged buyouts to rob genius creations from their creators, so anyone could start a business from their garage without the support of VC.

fast forward 35 years, what steve did is just not possible in the world we live in today.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Who/What is "simon black". Some kind of machine that's programmed to spew out horseshit on any and all issues?

defencev's picture

Simon Black is charlatan who is programmed to free sheeple from its cash.

Steve Jobs is indeed great entrepreneur and I agree with everything that is said in the article about him. Those whining idiots who mostly posted in this thread are just jerks and unproductive mediocraties who would like to explore and steal other people ideas but uncapable of anything meaningful. Therefore, they are reduced to posting on this website complaining about bangsters, corporations, Jews, Marksists, Ive League schools etc etc which makes their life difficult (or so they like to think). What makes their life difficult is their own worthlessness, lazyness and idiocy.

But make no mistake: charlatans like Simon Black are not here to create value or do anything useful for that matter. No I would ever believe that jerks like him are capable of making any money: his travel is  probably sponsored by some wealthy idiots around whom he likes to hang out. The very same idiots fund all his so called "projects" (like bunkers in Chile) which make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

nhr215's picture

you cab't blame someone for creating something so mesmerizing that a cult develops around it. The human capacity for cultishness is not Jobs's creation nor his problem. He created amazing things and people tripped over themselves to have them.

AldousHuxley's picture

Hitler also created mesmerizing cult.

Kock bros also created mesmerizing cult.


Steve Jobs = Foxxconn slave labor. He did create some cool shit from slave labor unlike banksters who create just big numbers.

Or Executives who create nothing but still get paid from layoffs.








Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



I can't believe all the hatred and animosity directed toward Steve Jobs around here.  For a website that fights the status quo, I'd think Steve Jobs would be a hero amongst you guys. Whether you like his products or not, whether you think Apple cultists are consumer zombies or not, one cannot argue that Steve Jobs changed the fucking world. What have YOU done lately?  The guy dropped out of college, started Apple from his garage, resurrected it from bankruptcy and, in short order, created the most valuable company on Earth. He's the most anti-status quo of any CEO in modern business.  That alone, should command your respects.  

There is a core group of ZH'ers that just fucking hates everything, and it's pathetic.  

Sophist Economicus's picture

Ya know, I usually find your comments to be pathetic. But this time, I find myself agreeing with you. Go figure.

tmosley's picture

You still can't recognize that the people here are individuals rather than a collective that thinks the same way about everything?

You think you are smart, but you can't even understand something so simple.  Perhaps you are not as smart as you think, hmm?

Robot Traders Mom's picture

You are welcome to troll here as long as you want! We won't kick you off like the Huff Po did!

fuu's picture

Uh, you are one of the people here who hates everything that is not from your own mouth.

linrom's picture

Steve Jobs was the status quo!. He could be designing $5,000 ladies handbags and that is as much difference as he made in the world of corporatocracy.  He was a champion of modern CEO governance.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Most of ZH disagrees with central planning.  Apple is probably the most secretive and authoritarian central planner of the IT industry.  Jobs created some great things, but the way they were implemented were anathema to the founding spirit of the Internet, which believes in free and equal access for all.  Jobs was the quintessential late Boomer; idealistic and creative as a youth, a tyrant in mid-life.  Like the rest of the Boomers Jobs was always convinced of the superiority of his vision, and once he had the power to implement it he did so without compassion and a "ends justifies the means" mentality.

I would say that most ZH readers view Jobs as I do; with a certain respect for his innovations and accomplishments and an absolute dismay for most of the results.

DaveyJones's picture

excellent post. He sums up the idealistic hypocrisy of his generation  

Hephasteus's picture

"He didn't make life better for everyone."

Oh no he just worked the arbitrage. He made life much better for his customers. He treated them like kings and queens. He just had to fuck over labor like a crazy to do it. Make no mistake about it. Apple customer service is excellent. Make no mistake about it either. Working in one of his mob ruled sweatshop plants is tragic as fuck.

The thing is the hidden intel connection. When apple dumped their old processor for Intel. They got in bed. Foxconn is pretty much Intel's suicide hotline mess on steroids. Apple just helped make it work.  In exchange apple lied their asses off about intel processor sales and helped make intel's book fudging look legitimate. By the time the entire fucking truth about those two comes out in not just india but china and taiwan both those companies will have shell game 14 companies deep to stay in the market.

Apple's sandy bridge sales figures are just fucking hilarious. Even with the big chipset boner. They still got in there and lied their fucking ass off.


Chappy's picture

no one forced them to work there.  at least they had jobs.

Zgangsta's picture

Right. Like nobody is forced to work at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. The yakuza only finds people that really want to be there!

NumberNone's picture

Sick of that fucking stat.  Guess what genius do some homework.  There are 1 Million workers at Foxconn...that means that they killed themselves at the rate 1.4 per 100,000 workers.  In college the suicide stat runs 7.5 suicides per 100,000 students each year.  If suicides are such a concern, you should probably hop off of ZH and find a college blog and start your campaign there. 

fuu's picture

Maybe Simon can cruise over to Foxconn and see how the gold is priced.

IQ 145's picture

Oh, I see; we should create more jobs in slave labour compounds in China, and this will help the American Economy. What an interesting concept.

fuu's picture

Not even close to 145 are you?

chindit13's picture

I'll bet you know the suicide rate at Foxconn.

Do you know what it is at Sony, Japan or China?  Do you know what it is at Toyota, Japan or China or the USA?  Do you know what it is for all of China?  How about Samsung?  GE China?  The Zerohedge readership?

Ever wonder why you don't know or don't care?

GoldBricker's picture

I was never a big fan of Apple products, but a couple of obscure choices he made:

  • Objective-C (contrary to what he said, he did retain something of Smalltalk from his famous visit to Xerox PARC)
  • BSD for the OS

are, in retrospect, staggeringly brilliant and sophisticated.

He didn't seem like someone you'd want to know, but he sure delivered the goods.

docmac324's picture

Amen brother, amen.  AND I'm atheist.

buzzsaw99's picture

Bury jobs in China along with all the jobs he created.

IQ 145's picture

Exactly. How could ANYONE be crazy enough to celebrate the business model of this Capitilist Monster who was willing and eager to send his countries money away to support slave labour compounds in China. The complete lack of rational thought is astonishing. Of course, I suppose 60% of the readership have no idea that I-junk is made in China.

ffart's picture

I guess we should bring all those jobs back to our hypocritical union workers so we can pay for Soviet quality engineering at 10 times the cost we pay now. As long as taxes remain as high and the central planners interfere in the markets on a daily basis labor will NEVER come back to America.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Actual taxes paid by large companies in the United States are at generational lows as a percentage of earnings, ffart.  The argument to the contrary is pure propaganda, but nice job repeating it for your corporate masters.

reader2010's picture

I have said many many times before and I am saying it one more time. Apple is the worst form of corporate greed. Thank you very much.

tmosley's picture

Really?  I can think of many forms that are worse, from foreclosing banks to mass murdering chemical companies, to fascist mercinary contractors.  What bad did Apple ever do, other than employ a few children (ie keeping them from starving or prostituting themselves).

D-Man's picture

Worse than banksters? Hmmmmm

csmith's picture

Steve Jobs showed time and time again that the best way to improve people’s lives is to create value and be productive.


From Ann Coulter:

“I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point.”

fyrebird's picture

So Ann Coulter is part of the Fascist Establishment now? Who knew?

catacl1sm's picture

I did. I'd still bang her someplace very uncomfortable.

Dingleberry's picture

I wouldn't even let that slut work for me.

CompassionateFascist's picture

You would? "It's a MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! Baby!"

                                         - Stephanie Miller   (her, I'd bang in all places)

kato's picture

Stop the bullshit. Steve Jobs was brilliant. Chinese commie capitalist manufacturing - Foxconn - is half of the story. Mr. Bullshit artist with a forum in which to bullshit plays political demagogue with Mr. Jobs. what a jerk.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

Einstein was brilliant. Thomas Paine was brilliant.

Jobs was blindly followed by a bunch of 20 and 30-something hipsters that have no clue what real wealth, or truth for that matter, even is. Yes, he was an innovator but there were many of those that changed society, and not always for the better...

tmosley's picture

He has freed me from having to deal with constant crashes, bug fixes, viruses, etc that are constant on Windows machines.  That, times the number of people who own Macs, ads up to a shitload of saved effort, which can thus be redirected to other useful ends.

tarsubil's picture

Wait, you avoided those things by using Macs? Man, my power PC (from parents), Cube (from PI), and some other crappy thing with OSX all had crashes and bugs. My PC which I built and clean installed 7 on has yet to crash once and it does everything fast. And I hate MS! Go figure! Oh but don't forget how useful iTunes is! Yeah, another update! Oh, yeah! All my mp3s have been scrambled to protect a bunch of piles of doodoo in the music industry! Yeah! Awesome! Oh, hey, my iPod's battery crapped out. Awesome! Just like every other Apple product, throw it away and buy a new one! Oh noes! The new one has a bad ear plug jack! That's understandible considering a paid a couple hundred bucks for this tiny POS! Guess I'll get another one! Hey, another update since I started typing! AWESOME! I LOVE APPLE AND JOBS! Boohoo, no more being Jobbed by iHoles! Come back!