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Thomas Sowell Quote: “When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Young people in general – and young women in particular – need to understand that they cannot retrieve in their forties the opportunities they threw away in their twenties.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “What is especially disturbing about the political left is that they seem to have no sense of the tragedy of the human condition. Instead, they tend to see the problems of the world as due to other people not being as wise or as noble as themselves.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export... Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea – in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Slippery use of the word “privilege” is part of a vogue of calling achievements “privileges” – a vogue which extends far beyond educational issues, spreading a toxic confusion in many other aspects of life.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.288.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Organizational progress parallels that in science and technology, permitting ultimate simplicity through intermediate complexity.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Study after study, not only here but in other countries, show that the most affordable housing is where there has been the least government interference with the market – contrary to rhetoric.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Policies are judged by their consequences but crusades are judged by how good they make the crusaders feel.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Is diversity our strength? Or anybody’s strength, anywhere in the world? Does Japan’s homogeneous population cause the Japanese to suffer? Have the Balkans been blessed by their heterogeneity – or does the very word “Balkanization” remind us of centuries of strife, bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities, extending into our own times? Has Europe become a safer place after importing vast numbers of people from the Middle East, with cultures hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “I wish that some way could be found to add up all the staggering costs imposed on millions of ordinary people, just so a relative handful of self-righteous environmental cultists can go around feeling puffed up with themselves.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a good thing to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “As long as human beings are imperfect, there will always be arguments for extending the power of government to deal with these imperfections. The only logical stopping place is totalitarianism – unless we realize that tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The key fallacy of so called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “By the end of the 20th century, “liberals” had again discredited themselves, to the point where they went back to calling themselves “progressives” to escape their past, much as people do when they declare bankruptcy.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Too often the past has been twisted to fit the visions and agendas of the present.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You may have the right to live anyway you like, but you don’t have a right to have other people like it. Respect it or pay for it.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Politics is largely the process of taking credit and putting the blame on others – regardless of what the facts may be.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People used to say, “Ignorance is no excuse.” Today, ignorance is no problem. After all, you have “a right to your own opinion” – and self-esteem to boot.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “We know – or should know – what lies at the end of the road of racial polarization. A ‘race card’ is not something to play, because race is a very dangerous political plaything.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “In medicine, it has long been recognized that even a quack remedy that is harmless in itself can be fatal when it substitutes for an effective medication or treatment. The time is overdue for that same recognition to apply to politics.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices – paid by others.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational “excellence,” I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Those who cry out that the government should ‘do something’ never even ask for data on what has actually happened when the government did something, compared to what actually happened when the government did nothing.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “One of the first things taught in introductory statistics textbooks is that correlation is not causation. It is also one of the first things forgotten.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you start from a belief that the most knowledgeable person on earth does not have even one percent of the total knowledge on earth, that shoots down social engineering, economic central planning, judicial activism and innumerable other ambitious notions favored by the political left.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “So many idealistic political movements for a better world have ended in mass-murdering dictatorships. Giving leaders enough power to create ‘social justice’ is giving them enough power to destroy all justice, all freedom, and all human dignity.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Many bad policies are simply good policies taken too far.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Where intellectuals have played a role in history, it has not been so much by whispering words of advice into the ears of political overlords as by contributing to the vast and powerful currents of conceptions and misconceptions that sweep human action along.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “There are few talents so richly rewarded – especially in politics and the media – as the ability to portray parasites as victims, and portray demands for preferential treatment as struggles for equal rights.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All statements are true, if you are free to redefine their terms.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The real culprits are those who created a system that makes it dangerous to work and safe to loaf.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Differences in habits and attitudes are differences in human capital, just as much as differences in knowledge and skills – and such differences create differences in economic outcomes.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you truly believe in the brotherhood of man, then you must believe that blacks are just as capable of being racists as whites are.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “What all these lofty and vague phrases boil down to is that the court can impose things that the voters don’t want and the Constitution does not require, but which are in vogue in circles to which the court responds.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Alaska is much larger than France and Germany – combined. Yet its population is less than one-tenth that of New York City. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some environmentalist hysteria about the danger of “spoiling” Alaska by drilling for oil in an area smaller than Dulles Airport.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Just what is it that academics have to fear if they stand up for common decency, instead of letting campus barbarians run amok?”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “You have to have a sense of humor if you follow politics. Otherwise, the sheer fraudulence of it all will get you down.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All of us should be on guard against beliefs that flatter ourselves. At the very least, we should check such beliefs against facts.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Government cannot solve all our problems, even in normal times, much less during a catastrophe of nature that reminds man how little he is, despite all his big talk.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The biggest difference between people is between those who are trying to do the right thing – whether or not they succeed – and those for whom the only question is how much they can get away with.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The concept of “microaggression” is just one of many tactics used to stifle differences of opinion by declaring some opinions to be “hate speech,” instead of debating those differences in a marketplace of ideas. To accuse people of aggression for not marching in lockstep with political correctness is to set the stage for justifying real aggression against them.”
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