Thomas Sowell quotes.

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

“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.”

“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.”

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”

“As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking.”

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

“Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other ‘studies’ was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these ‘studies’ are about propaganda rather than serious education.”

“Even if the government spends itself into bankruptcy and the economy still does not recover, Keynesians can always say that it would have worked if only the government had spent more.”

“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?”

“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.”

“The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.” (I observed this in college, and wrote a poem about it. I can’t remember if it’s in my poetry collection or not).

“The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.'”

“The real minimum wage is zero.”

“Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.” (Education).

“All too often when liberals cite statistics, they forget the statisticians’ warning that correlation is not causation.”

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

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

“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.”

“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” (My life mantra ❤

“Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision.”

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

“One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.”

“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.”

“The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.”

“Facts are not liberals‘ strong suit. Rhetoric is.”

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.”

Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.”

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

“Although the big word on the left is ‘compassion,’ the big agenda on the left is dependency.”

“One of the most pervasive political visions of our time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and conservatives as less caring.”

“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.”

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”

“There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.” (I COMPLETELY agree).

“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.” (1 and 2).

“Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.”

“Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today’s problems are a result of yesterday’s solutions.”

“Tariffs that save jobs in the steel industry mean higher steel prices, which in turn means fewer sales of American steel products around the world and losses of far more jobs than are saved.”

“Imagine a political system so radical as to promise to move more of the poorest 20% of the population into the richest 20% than remain in the poorest bracket within the decade? You don’t need to imagine it. It’s called the United States of America.”

“Prices are important not because money is considered paramount but because prices are a fast and effective conveyor of information through a vast society in which fragmented knowledge must be coordinated.”

A shortage is a sign that somebody is keeping the price artificially lower than it would be if supply and demand were allowed to operate freely.”

“All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting ‘the rich‘ to pay ‘their fair share’ is part of a big charade. This is not about economics, it is about politics.”

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

“There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously.”

“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.”

“A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas.”

“Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.”

Those parts of history that would undermine the vision of the Left – which prevails in our education system from elementary school to postgraduate study – are not likely to get much attention.”

Another Thomas Sowell quote.

Some Thomas Sowell videos.

Liberal.

Fem.

Politics.

Economics.

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