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    You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    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
    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
    tags: men  believe  black 
     
    Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: reality  education 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    It is amazing how many people seem to think that the government exists to turn their prejudices into law.
    — Thomas Sowell
    The great escape of our times is escape from personal responsibility for the consequences of one's own behavior.
    — Thomas Sowell
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: believe  right 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    Not since the days of the Hitler Youth have young people been subjected to more propaganda on more politically correct issues. At one time, educators boasted that their role was not to teach students what to think but how to think. Today, their role is far too often to teach students what to think on everything from immigration to global warming to the new sacred trinity of 'race, class and gender.'
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: time  people  youth  young  gender  sacred  race 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    Once you buy the argument that some segment of the citizenry should lose their rights, just because they are envied or resented, you are putting your own rights in jeopardy - quite aside from undermining any moral basis for respecting anybody's rights. You are opening the floodgates to arbitrary power. And once you open the floodgates, you can't tell the water where to go.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: power  right  water  morals 
     
    If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: civilization 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: justice  money  tax 
     
    When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people 
     
    The reason so many people misunderstand so many issues is not that these issues are so complex, but that people do not want a factual or analytical explanation that leaves them emotionally unsatisfied. They want villains to hate and heroes to cheer - and they don't want explanations that do not give them that.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  hate  hero  complex 
     
    People who think that they are being 'exploited' should ask themselves whether they would be missed if they left, or whether people would say: 'Good riddance?'
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people 
     
    ANYONE who studies the history of ideas should notice how much more often people on the political left, more so than others, denigrate and demonize those who disagree with them - instead of answering their arguments.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  political  ideas 
     
    It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else's opinion.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  believe  bad  facts  opinion 
     
    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'
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  racism  race 
     
    Blacks were not enslaved because they were black but because they were available. Slavery has existed in the world for thousands of years. Whites enslaved other whites in Europe for centuries before the first black was brought to the Western hemisphere. Asians enslaved Europeans. Asians enslaved other Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans, and indeed even today in North Africa, blacks continue to enslave blacks.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: world  slavery  africa  black  year 
     
    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
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: truth  people  help 
     
    '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'.
    — Thomas Sowell
    A passionate commitment to social justice is no substitute for knowing what the hell you're talking about.
    — Thomas Sowell
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: problem  thinking  read 
     
    Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: racism  media  black 
     
    Deep thinkers who look everywhere for the mysterious causes of poverty, ignorance, crime and war need look no further than their own mirrors. We are all born into this world poor and ignorant, and with thoroughly selfish and barbaric impulses. Those of us who turn out any other way do so largely through the efforts of others, who civilized us before we got big enough to do too much damage to the world or ourselves.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: crimes  poverty  world  poor  war  ignorance 
     
    Civil rights used to be about treating everyone the same. But today some people are so used to special treatment that equal treatment is considered to be discrimination.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  right 
     
    You can only confiscate the wealth that exists at a given moment. You cannot confiscate future wealth - and that future wealth is less likely to be produced when people see that it is going to be confiscated.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  future  moment  wealth 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: problem  politics 
     
    It may be expecting too much to expect most intellectuals to have common sense, when their whole life is based on their being uncommon - that is, saying things that are different from what everyone else is saying. There is only so much genuine originality in anyone. After that, being uncommon means indulging in pointless eccentricities or clever attempts to mock or shock.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: saying 
     
    It is amazing how many people think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  black  standard 
     
    There is nothing so bad that politics cannot make it worse.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: bad  politics 
     
    People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all of the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on knowledge.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  ignorance 
     
    There is nothing that politicians like better than handing out benefits to be paid for by someone else.
    — Thomas Sowell
    One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: time  ideas 
     
    I'm so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.
    — Thomas Sowell
    tags: people  hate  race 
     
    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.
    — Thomas Sowell
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