Every now and then, a letter to the editor contains a nugget of insight. One John Ramsey of Lewisville, Texas writes today to the Dallas Morning News “If Steve Jobs had spent his youth protesting against rich people instead of trying to become one, our lives would be all the poorer for it.” Mr. Ramsey understands Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek quite well.
I didn’t spend my youth protesting, but I attended a number of the late ‘60 and early ‘70 protests. My motivation, like most of the other 20 something males I suspect, was not the cause du jour. It was simply that the females who attended were generally, shall we say, less inhibited about certain things than their more conservative sisters. Callow, of course, rhymes with shallow.