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Thomas Sowell Quote: “Students are often in no position to judge ‘relevance’ until long after the fact.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Progress in general seems to hold little interest for people who call themselves ‘progressives.’ What arouses them are denunciations of social failures and accusations of wrong-doing.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Ideological bigotry has become the norm on even our most prestigious campuses, where students can go for years without reading or hearing anything that challenges the left vision.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People have a vested interest in promoting one set of polices rather than finding out what the truth is.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The way to get people’s votes is to say that all their problems are caused by other people, and that you will stop those other people from giving them trouble. But if you really want to help, then you can tell them the truth and risk losing their votes.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “We never really know and the very fact that there are such words in the language as disappointment, regret, etc., is testimony to the pervasiveness and persistence of this feature of the human condition.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “It is amazing how many people seem to think that the government exists to turn their prejudices into law.”
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: “To say the Constitution is living is to say that it’s dead.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “As George J. Stigler said of some of his fellow Nobel Laureates, they “issue stern ultimata to the public on almost a monthly basis, and sometimes on no other basis.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “What makes it possible for politicians to do so many things that are economically counterproductive is that neither the public nor the media know enough of the basics to understand what’s wrong with what they’re saying.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders. Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Clearly, only very unequal intellectual and moral standing could justify having equality imposed, whether the people want it or not, as Dworkin suggests, and only very unequal power would make it possible.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Such are the ways of politics, where the crusade of the hour often blocks out everything else, at least until another crusade comes along and takes over the same monopoly of our minds.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “That educators who have repeatedly failed to do what they are hired to do, and trained to do, should take on sweeping roles as amateur psychologists, sociologists, and social philosophers seems almost inexplicable – except that they are doing it with other people’s money and experimenting on other people’s children. There.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The massive ethnic communities that make up the mosaic of American society cannot be adequately described as “minorities.” There is no “majority.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don’t run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Gun control zealots compare the United States and England to show that murder rates are lower where restrictions on ownership of firearms are more severe. But you could just as easily compare Switzerland and Germany, the Swiss having lower murder rates than the Germans, even though gun ownership is three times higher in Switzerland. Other countries with high rates of gun ownership and low murder rates include Israel, New Zealand, and Finland.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Much of what is taught in our schools and colleges today seeks to break down traditional values, and replace them with more fancy and fashionable notions, of which “a duty to die” is just one.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Like so many before him who have ruined countries around the world, Obama has a greatly inflated idea of his own capabilities and the capabilities off what can be accomplished by rhetoric or even by political power.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Misconceptions of business are almost inevitable in a society where most people have neither studied nor run businesses. In a society where most people are employees and consumers, it is easy to think of businesses as “them” – as impersonal organizations, whose internal operations are largely unknown and whose sums of money may sometimes be so huge as to be unfathomable.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Any serious consideration of the world as it is around us today must tell us that maintaining common decency, much less peace and harmony, among living contemporaries is a major challenge, both among nations and within nations. To admit that we can do nothing about what happened among the dead is not to give up the struggle for a better world, but to concentrate our efforts where they have at least some hope of making things better for the living.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Age gives you an excuse for not being very good at things that you were not very good at when you were young.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “To the Ibos, Western education was a rare opportunity to be seized.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “These were neither the first nor the last times when statistical disparities led people to jump to conclusions about villainy being the cause. False assumptions as to causation are more than intellectual errors, and their consequences go far beyond economic losses.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who believe in evolution in biology often believe in creationism in government. In other words, they believe that the universe and all the creatures in it could have evolved spontaneously, but that the economy is too complicated to operate without being directed by politicians.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The curse of the intelligentsia is their ability to rationalize and re-define. Ordinary people, lacking that gift, are forced to face reality.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “What ‘eminent domain’ laws mean in practice is that politicians have a right to seize your property and turn it over to someone else, in order to gain campaign contributions and win votes.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “In a democracy, we have always had to worry about the ignorance of the uneducated. Today we have to worry about the ignorance of people with college degrees.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Someone once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of our own ignorance. Our schools are depriving millions of students of that kind of knowledge by promoting “self-esteem” and encouraging them to have opinions on things of which they are grossly ignorant, if not misinformed.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Lofty talk about ‘social justice’ or ‘fairness’ boils down to greatly expanded powers for politicians, since those pretty words have no concrete definition. They are a blank check for creating disparities in power that dwarf disparities in income – and are far more dangerous.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “The minimum wage law very cleverly is misnamed. The real minimum wage is zero. That is what many inexperienced and low skilled people receive as a result of legislation that makes it illegal to pay them what they are currently worth to an employer.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “How a man who holds the entire population of a country as his prisoners, and punishes the families of those who escape, can be admired by people who call themselves liberals is one of the many wonders of the human mind’s ability to rationalize. Yet such is the case with Fidel Castro.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If politicians were serious about day care for children, instead of just sloganizing about it, nothing they could do would improve the quality of child care more than by lifting the heavy burden of taxation that forces so many families to have both parents working.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “All things are the same except for the differences, and different except for the similarities.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “When your response to everything that is wrong with the world is to say, ‘there ought to be a law,’ you are saying that you hold freedom very cheap.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Barack Obama’s vision of America is one in which a President of the United States can fire the head of General Motors, tell banks how to bank, control the medical system and take charge of all sorts of other activities for which neither he nor other politicians have any expertise or experience.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don’t cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Because many of us make mistakes that can have bad consequences, some intellectuals believe that it is the role of government to intervene and make some of our decisions for us. From what galaxy government is going to hire creatures who do not make mistakes is a question they leave unanswered.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “When government takes away options, it is bound to make some people worse off, even with intrinsicallly good intentions behind that government intervention.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Right after liberal Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Credentialed ignorance is still ignorance.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Trade-offs have been with us ever since the late unpleasantness in the Garden of Eden.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “If you want to get each individual’s honest opinion, you don’t want that opinion to be influenced by others who are present, much less allow a group to coordinate what they are going to say.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Many on the political left are so entranced by the beauty of their vision that they cannot see the ugly reality they are creating in the real world.”
Thomas Sowell Quote: “Just as any moron can destroy a priceless Ming vase, so the shallow and ill-educated people who run our schools can undermine and destroy from within a great civilization that took centuries of dedicated effort to create and maintain.”
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