Don’t Make Me Love My Work!

By |2019-09-02T10:01:01-05:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Capitalism, Economics, Featured, Labor/Work, Peter A. Lawler, Steve Jobs|

Silicon Valley Miya Tokumitsu writes* with incisive elegance about our altogether elitist and self-indulgent view that our experts have these days about the relationship between love and work. That view, of course, originates mainly from Silicon Valley: Your great work, which you love, is so creative and productive that it makes you fabulously rich, as [...]

The “Awesome” ’80s: Remembering the Right Lessons

By |2015-01-06T14:14:05-06:00July 9th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Ronald Reagan, Steve Jobs|

It is hard not to laugh when my students think they are imitating or comprehending the zeitgeist of—whether to honor or mock—the 1980s. Though, in almost every way, it is impossible to fault them for this. The individual members of the incoming freshman class will have entered this world sometime in 1996 or 1997, a [...]

Steve Jobs: The Spoiled Child as Tech Guru

By |2021-02-23T14:55:32-06:00June 4th, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Culture, Steve Jobs, Technology|

What Steve Jobs “sold” with his Apple devices was the myth of control, of importance, and of connection through technology. In truth, the vast bulk of what these personal devices offer constitutes a massive waste of time—and, worse, a diversion from genuine interaction with actual people, or nature, or our own minds. Redesigning the World [...]

Steve Jobs, Spoiled Child: Why It Matters

By |2021-02-23T14:53:12-06:00May 21st, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Steve Jobs|

What are we to make of this powerful, contradictory figure and his influence on our society? Origins A decade after his death from cancer, Steve Jobs remains an icon of contemporary business and popular culture. Co-founder of Apple, he amassed a fortune of mammoth proportions and built the most highly valued corporation in the world. [...]

Jobs 2.0

By |2014-03-07T15:08:43-06:00April 22nd, 2013|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Leadership, Steve Jobs|

A good friend of mine and a man I respect immensely, Hunter Baker, warned me to finish Isaacson’s long biography of Steve Jobs before passing too much judgment on the life and personality of the technology genius. Another close friend (a fellow Apple fanatic going back to the 1980s when we were debate colleagues and [...]

With Both Barrels: Archbishop Dolan, Muslims, Confusion; Steve Jobs; Ludwig V. Mises; Olson; and Steckbeck

By |2017-06-16T12:12:44-05:00August 19th, 2010|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Culture, Steve Jobs|Tags: |

Ludwig von Mises Mixed news coming from the Big Apple this morning. Though the Yankees handily defeated the Tigers, the New York Times reports that Catholic Archbishop Dolan of New York, while speaking at a homeless shelter, defended the Islamic building of a mosque near the former WTC. “Archbishop Dolan invoked the example [...]

From Both Barrels: Gregg, the Pixar Touch, Pogo, and Olson

By |2017-06-12T14:55:46-05:00July 19th, 2010|Categories: Apple, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Steve Jobs, Wilhelm Roepke|Tags: |

Forgive the scattershot tendencies and directions of this essay. Just lots of short items written quickly from my hotel room in downtown Portland, just blocks from Powells (which I’ve yet to visit). A few book recommendations I’m currently reading Sam Gregg’s new book, Wilhelm Roepke’s Political Economy. Written in a more academic but equally engaging style [...]

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