Thread: Best Steve Jobs retrospective
October 6th 2011, 09:39 AM #1
Best Steve Jobs retrospective
Is by Karl Denninger:
Remember, Jobs got a liver transplant about 2-1/2 years ago. This, after he knew he had pancreatic cancer.
Now many of you may not know what this disease is, and for those of you who don't, do some reading. That disease is a death sentence. You do not "recover" from pancreatic cancer, despite the "hopeful" tone some people try to put forward due to the "rare" form he has. It doesn't matter in the end, and Steve's death yesterday proves those who said that he had a known short fuse on the day of that diagnosis, myself included, correct.
I cannot defend that liver transplant.
Steve makes clear that we can write all sorts of checks, but we don't change outcomes by much. The marginal utility of writing such checks is small in the larger world, but big for our egos. Nonetheless, we all die.
When a wealthy man decides to spend his wealth extending his life, that's a choice. But we all have this argument in one form or another with the medical system as we age. It is at the core of what's happened to Medicare and private insurance, and will continue to be. It has driven medical cost advances at ridiculous rates compared to economic growth, and will continue to until and unless we stop it. And we, the common man and woman, do not have the ability to cash the checks that Steve did.
Will we have that discussion and debate in this nation? I doubt it. I've seen no evidence of it this morning, for example, nor have I during the last few years. We have politicians claiming that everyone over 50 will have what they were promised in Medicare, but we can't pay for that. It's impossible. Those promises can't be kept and thus won't be kept. And today all I hear and read, no matter where I look, is the lauding of what Steve did for someone's stock price or in the creation of products, instead of a bit of introspection as to what he did after he was told that God was calling him home - like it or not.In reaction to Richwine Affair, all right-thinking people are quick to proclaim that they don’t believe in a genetic basis for IQ. They’re much less quick to explain – with any sort of precision – what they actually do believe in. At best, we’re treated to some hand-waving paired with the phrase “social construct.”.
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