Thomas Sowell Quotes

aviSowellThe fundamental problem of the political left seems to be that the real world does not fit their preconceptions. Therefore they see the real world as what is wrong, and what needs to be changed, since apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong. (source)

As the morally anointed busybodies raised the minimum-wage rate, beginning in the 1950s, black teenage unemployment skyrocketed. We have now become so used to tragically high rates of unemployment among this group that many people have no idea that things were not always like that, much less that the policies of the busybody Left had such catastrophic consequences. (source)

What the welfare system and other kinds of governmental programs are doing is paying people to fail. Insofar as they fail, they receive the money; insofar as they succeed, even to a moderate extent, the money is taken away. (source)

[American Blacks] and other groups, here and abroad, are treated as mascots of the self-congratulatory elites…The actual fate of the mascots themselves seldom matters much to their supposed benefactors. So long as the elites have control of the public purse, they can subsidize self-destructive behavior on the part of the mascots. And so long as the elites can send their own children to private schools, they needn’t worry about what happens to the children of the mascots in the public schools. (source)

Among the candidates for runner-up to “diversity” as the top word for making thought obsolete is “fair.” Apparently everyone is entitled to a “fair share” of a society’s prosperity — whether they worked 16-hour days to help create that prosperity or did nothing more than live off the taxpayers or depend on begging or crime to bring in a few bucks. Apparently we owe them something just for gracing us with their presence, even if we feel that we could do without them quite well. (source)

Whether on college campuses or among nations on the world stage, if the battle comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are bound to win. (source)

But in one sense I was much more fortunate than Ben Carson and other black youngsters today. The shock of being in a school whose standards were higher than I was able to meet at first took place in an all-black school in Harlem, so that there were none of the additional complications that such an experience can have for a black youngster in a predominantly white school. (source)

There are so many fallacies about race that it would be hard to say which is the most ridiculous. However, one fallacy behind many of the other fallacies is the notion that there is something unusual about different races being unequally represented in various institutions or careers, or at different income or achievement levels. (source)

Impressive feats of sophistry have become the norm in discussions of illegal immigration. For example, we are told that there is no way that the government can find all the people who are in the country illegally and deport them. Does anyone imagine that the government can find all the embezzlers, drunk drivers, or bank robbers in the country? And does anyone think that this is a reason why the government should stop trying to enforce laws against embezzlement, drunk driving, or bank robbery? Or let embezzlers, drunk drivers, and bank robbers “come out of the shadows” and “normalize” their lives? (source)


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