Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thomas Sowell says

Ten of my favorite Thomas Sowell quotes via Brainy 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.

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.

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.

If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the 

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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?

Bonus quote from Milton Friedman:

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.

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