Times of Israel - Milad Doroudian (Jerusalem)
Perhaps what is hated even more than the idea of individualism, is its main propagator in the 20th century. Ayn Rand, the Jewish girl that immigrated from the ills of Soviet Russia, to the wealth and opportunity of the United States, had professed a new type of philosophy that placed man and woman, and their rationality, as the center of all moral and ethical bearings. Perhaps, even more interestingly it gave people the confidence to assert themselves with self-esteem as the most important factor in their lives.
High tech CEOs aren’t particularly known as big givers to charitable causes. Some of this might be perception (Steve Jobs, for instance, gave secretly) but there are plenty of high tech winners who feel that “changing the world” is more than enough.
High tech CEOs also seem more likely than execs in other industries to be fans of Ayn Rand, who rather famously said: “My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty.”
There are, however, some big (and I mean really big) exceptions to the “high tech CEOs are cheapskates” rule.
…the only two candidates in the only election that counts today and in every other election this century are: Adam Smith, a moral philosopher and father of American capitalism thanks to the publication of his classics on economics, “The Wealth of Nations,” and its companion “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Adam Smith’s opponent on the ballot is his archrival, Ayn Rand, author of several 20th century works on capitalism, including “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”