A sister’s eulogy

by Russ Roberts on November 1, 2011

in Beautiful

Here is how Steve Jobs’s sister eulogized him. It reminds us of what matters–your work, your family, your soul. But being a writer, she knows to show and not tell. Don’t miss it.

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Nikolai Luzhin, Eastern Promises November 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Since Jobs was nothing like you wanted him to be, very interesting that you now try to associate yourself with him

When can we start seeing his values and insights in your writing?

The Other Eric November 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Nick, you’re a troll. No one need waste effort on you from here…

decoder November 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

TROLL = Truth rolls over lazyminded libertarians

Greg Webb November 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Nope! Try the dictionary.

The Other Eric November 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

Jobs was not a likable guy, but ended his life with a close and caring family with long-term friends.

Jobs was both ruthless and capricious, but learned from a series of setbacks to be wildly successful from the application of a few core principles.

He was a hippie, commune visiting, rule-breaking drop-out who created one of the most valuable, publicly traded companies on the planet.

He seemed to be one-part Greek tragedy and one-part Horatio Alger. An incredible figure. In odd ways his story reminds me of Alexander Hamilton’s and-or Aldus Manutius. He was a crying, defensive, arrogant little boy except where was a brilliant innovator and leader.

Invisible Backhand November 1, 2011 at 11:11 am
Krishnan November 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

What a truly moving piece. You can see the pain and the joy in these words – a man whose life changed so many lives – an imperfect man who just appeared at the perfect time and got better and better and better –

A reminder that one person can make a difference and WOW – what a difference indeed.

Scott G November 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Wow! That was wonderful. Thanks Russ.

House of Cards & Economic Freedom November 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Novelty was not Steve’s highest value. Beauty was.


SmoledMan November 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I wonder what toasty place awaits Jobs, since he was so complicit in the virtual slave labor that is Shenzhen industrial zone in China.

Ken November 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm


Ha! Spoken like a true fool. I mean who cares if those jobs actually made those Chinese better off. Jobs was just a big old meany for not paying them more, amaright?

Jobs may go to hell, but considering all the good he did in this world, if he goes to hell, where will a troll like you end up?


SmoledMan November 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Labor cost on each iDevice is only $10. That is virtually slave labor.

Ken November 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm


First and foremost, it’s better to get paid something rather than not getting paid. The wages that the Chinese make in Apple plants are higher than they would otherwise make, which makes their lives better. Why are you against Chinese laborers making a better wage, hence better their lives, than they other wise would?

Secondly, paid labor that can choose to find another job is never slave labor. Go look up the word slave. You clearly have no idea what it means.


Ken November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm


Also quoting labor costs per device doesn’t mean anything. The labor cost for making another copy of Windows 7 is almost nothing, but somehow I don’t think you would claim that the software developers at Microsoft are “virtually slave labor”.


The Other Eric November 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hand assembly labor for iPhone and iPod devices accounts for .067 of the manufacturing costs you mouth-breathing nimrod (do you think they hand-craft them like macrame?)

Hand assembly for packaging the same devices accounts for a whopping 9 percent of those costs! Ask 3 people to oversee the operation of assembly architecture that puts together 2,600 devices an hour and I’ll show you “slave labor” labor costs– You really are THAT stupid to fall for those statistics?

Do you know what highly skilled, union-negotiated, labor costs are for high speed automated production?

dcj125 November 2, 2011 at 3:20 am


I wonder how much you actually know about Shenzhen? I have never been, but I work closely with some Chinese companies and have been to a few places in southern China.

From what I have been told and seen myself, Apple (and Foxconn) have played a vital part in growing Shenzhen. Factory workers there may not earn as much as you and me, but they do earn more than they would on the farms or other jobs. Human beings in general are more eager to work in booming industries in the big city than till the land. Many of the workers come from the inner regions…the ones that can move to the city. The ones that can’t – well they only get to see their families once every few months during the holidays – and they will literally ride the train for DAYS just going one way. How much of a raise do you need to be willing to endure that?

However, wages are rising the region… Partially because Foxconn artificially raised them after the suicides. And partially because while demand is still high, supply is now getting short. As China focuses more on growing other industries and areas, a lot of the young people figure they can make “easier” money doing other, more glamorous professions. And some of the others that take that 2-3 day train ride home don’t come back because they find out that their hometown is growing and they can make equally good or better money much closer to home.

It’s a very interesting dynamic because their lives are so different from ours and understanding it completely is difficult, if not impossible. Despite the smear campaign the mainstream media wages on communist China, much of the story about the real China is a capitalist one that Americans can learn from. Not necessarily apply, but learn, because you can be damn sure they’re learning from us.

DAVE November 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Read the piece the other day.


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