Well, I don't consider the leaders of two of the most left-leaning businesses in the world, men who do not have the premises of John Galt to be considered John Galt. In fact, Gates virtually gave his fortune away and Apple support Barack Obama. If this book is to have any credibility it must consider the full context of these men and both have altruism deep in their core.The author of this message has clearly not read I Am John Galt. For one thing, we do not liken either Gates or Jobs to John Galt – we save that distinction for BB&T’s former CEO John Allison. We liken Gates to Henry Rearden, the great industrialist who was persecuted by government, and Steve Jobs to Howard Roark, the ultimate individualist artist.
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As to Jobs, I don’t see why we have to subject him to a political litmus test in order to admire his extraordinary egoism that has enabled him to revolutionize four major industries, letting nothing or no one stand in his way. That’s not something someone with “altruism deep in their core” could do, even if he did put Al Gore on his board of directors.
I would encourage the person who emailed us to lighten up a bit, and consider that in the real world even imperfect people can do great things by following as many of Ayn Rand’s values as they can. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Oh – and read the book. If a critique is to “have any credibility,” one should know what one is talking about. And one may actually like it!