Everyone knows the late Steve Jobs. He was one of the founders of Apple. A genius of course — in computing, in business. But also aesthetics — he rebelled against the IBM mold of thinking.
IBM's motto was “think”; which is a pretty good motto for a computer company. IBM of course goes back before computers; that motto is over a hundred years old.
So along comes this hippie, drug user, spiritual quester, outsider, dissident named Steve Jobs. And his motto was “think different”.
The entire message there was that being controversial, even a little bit crazy, is OK.
And remember the classic Apple ad that really shook up the world of computing, made back in 1984 (note the year..)? I remember watching this as a child, and truly being inspired by it.
But Steve Jobs is gone, and in his place is someone who is as bland and establishment as is possible; he’s the opposite of Steve Jobs. His name is Tim Cook.
Tonight I'll take you through a speech given by Tim Cook yesterday, at an "anti-hate" rally in New York City.
For one thing, he denounces "hate, division and violence." But those are three very different things.
"Violence"? Apple is one of the world’s biggest vendors of movies — including R-rated movies dripping with violence. Or maybe Tim Cook means committing violence in real life? If so, Tim, we’ve already got a police force.
If he means promoting violence, that’s already a crime too.
And what about "hatred"? Well, hatred is a natural human emotion. If you never feel it, you do not have a healthy personality. The key is what we do with it — can we transform our hatred into something positive? Or, at least, can we burn it off, let off some steam, harmlessly?
(By the way, free speech is the best for that — let people get a grievance off their chest.)
And that other point — "division." By definition, we have controversies in life that divide us. In fact, in parliaments, in congresses, any legislature, another way of saying, “let’s have a vote” is saying, “let’s call for a division”.
So what does that mean, no division? It means:
Tim Cook has decided that he’s going to disagree with you, but you’re the disagreeable one; he hates you, because you’re hateful; and he’s going to throw in the word violence, just because no-one can say they’re in favour of that.
Then Tim Cook called Alex Jones a violent conspiracy theorist, but I have never heard of Alex Jones being violent, ever. But again, that’s a deliberate, Orwellian name-calling, isn’t it?
(By the way: A conspiracy theory is a speculation, usually about some hidden collusion. I put it to you that the entire mainstream media is deep into a conspiracy theory about Russia and Donald Trump — it’s been two years, and not a shred of evidence to support it. Whereas some of Alex Jones' conspiracy theories have been proven right...)
There's a lot more, as I'll show you tonight.
How is what he’s saying any different from what Alex Jones himself says — other than Alex Jones usually growls a lot?
Tim Cook has made it official: he’s a censor.
It really is the end of Steve Jobs’s "think different” approach. It really is Big Brother — telling you to be a better you, or else.
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