Steve Jobs, Milei and the privatization of Argentine soccer

In 1976, Steve Jobs founded Apple in the “garage” of his home. You have to see what the garages yielded at that time. The epic legend –in the warmth of the meritocracy of private initiative– soon consolidated the idea that the iPhone was a product born from the invention of a privileged brain. The model needed a story. And he had it. So much mystique of “suburban garage” was excessive for the professor of Economics of Innovation at University College London, Mariana Mazzucatto. That’s when the researcher decided to pull the strings and skein of applications used by Jobs’s iPhone that were actually the result of years of public research supported with taxpayer money.

“All the technology that makes the iPhone a smartphone is indebted to the vision and support of the state,” Mazzucato said. Today we know that Jobs’s best-kept secret – the multi-touch screen – was a successful project at the University of Delaware through the National Public Science Foundation. A decisive freckle on a digital body awash in moles of public funding. The http (the soul of the internet), the lithium ion battery, GPS, the Siri voice, and, of course, the mother of the lamb: the internet, are just a few examples. Today the world regurgitates like a bad digestion that the greatest invention, and the greatest business (along with oil) in the history of humanity, went from being a public merit to a private benefit. What a talent. Fine rain for restlessness.

How then is social welfare built if we only depend on the selfishness of our own interests in a predatory free market? Soccer has been asking the same thing for a long time. The big international clubs have become global companies that transmit the simple and powerful idea that the only social responsibility of companies is to maximize their profits.

Founded in 1878, Manchester United FC is one of Europe’s storied clubs. In 1989 it was completely privatized, without the power of decision and vote of the fans in the heat of the conservative revolution of Margaret Thatcher. In June 1991 it went public, and in 2005 it was bought by Malcom Glazer for 800 million pounds. It was learned some time later that what the American investor was actually buying was a theater (Old Traffort), with a single ninety-minute performance on Sunday afternoons. Over time, the club gradually reduced the rest of its sports activities and definitively distanced itself from the social component that linked it, since 1878, to its neighborhood environment. Today, Glazer sells Manchester United for $6 billion, with a dramatic pulse in the marrow at disappointing football results. Private pleasures for public sorrows. In this ideological emptying rests the collective submission that resides at the core of economic modernity.

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The game continues, but we are already the ghost that we will be. Argentina resists. Even when? We know that money does not listen. We know that he usually reasons from the genitals. It’s just a matter of time. The “mariachi” of all the revelry of the FIFA Foundation, and the hurricane-haired former goalkeeper are already salivating at such a promising future. Don’t forget that in our country Cain always finds a partner to dance a very tight tango. undeceive yourself. That jersey he wears in stadiums is already on sale, even if you don’t know it. It’s the model. That he intensifies and dissolves us as a fan. We live in a time rich in knowledge and poor in wisdom, without knowing that the future is not what is going to happen, it is what we decide to happen.

Former player of Vélez, clubs in Spain, and Tokio79 World Champion.

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