It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.

— Thomas Sowell

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When you want to help people, you tell them the truth.

When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

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Racism is not dead, but it is on life support -- kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as 'racists'

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The vocabulary of the political left is fascinating.

For example, it is considered to be 'materialistic' and 'greedy' to want to keep what you have earned. But it is 'idealistic' to want to take away what someone else has earned and spend it for your own political benefit or to feel good about yourself.

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If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.

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No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems - of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.

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Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.

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It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

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Any politician who can be elected only by turning Americans against other Americans is too dangerous to be elected.

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It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.

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Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.

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What do you call it when someone steals someone else's money secretly? Theft.

What do you call it when someone takes someone else's money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else's money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.

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Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green;

all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.

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About Thomas Sowell

Quotes 591 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Economist
Birthday October 16

Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help.

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The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.

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The real minimum wage is zero.

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I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.

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Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes.

That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders.

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What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.

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If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.

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Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?

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The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.

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Most people who read "The Communist Manifesto" probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of "the workers". Thomas Sowell .

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It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

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You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.

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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.

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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.

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Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life's savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all.

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Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.

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If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves

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Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

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Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.

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Unbounded morality ultimately becomes counterproductive even in terms of the same moral principles being sought. The law of diminishing returns applies to morality.

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If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.

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Morality, like other inputs into the social process, follows the law of diminishing returns- meaning ultimately, negative returns. People can be too moral.

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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.

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What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

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There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.

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Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination.

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The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.

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Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets.

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Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic.

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The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.

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Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism.

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One of the many disservices done to young people by our schools and colleges is giving them the puffed up notion that they are in a position to pass sweeping judgments on a world that they have barely begun to experience.

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The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world.

First you take people's money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.

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The word 'racism' is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything - and demanding evidence makes you a 'racist.'

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The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.

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The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.

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'Fair' is one of the most dangerous concepts in politics.

Since no two people are likely to agree on what is 'fair,' this means that there must be some third party with power - the government - to impose its will. The road to despotism is paved with 'fairness'.

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