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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.”
Thomas Sowell, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays
“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
“It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites. ”
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“People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.”
Thomas Sowell, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays
“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
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“The fact that the market is not doing what we wish it would do is no reason to automatically assume that the government would do better.”
Thomas Sowell
“Racism does not have a good track record. It's been tried out for a long time and you'd think by now we'd want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.

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“Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.”
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“Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.”
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“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
Thomas Sowell
“Intellect is not wisdom.”
Thomas Sowell, Intellectuals and Society
“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.”
Thomas Sowell, Knowledge And Decisions
“Bailing out people who made ill-advised mortgages makes no more sense that bailing out people who lost their life savings in Las Vegas casinos.”
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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.”
Thomas Sowell, Knowledge And Decisions
“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
“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export.... Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea -- in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ”
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“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it”
Thomas Sowell, The Thomas Sowell Reader
“There are only two ways of telling the complete truth--anonymously and posthumously.”
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“Can you cite one speck of hard evidence of the benefits of "diversity" that we have heard gushed about for years? Evidence of its harm can be seen — written in blood — from Iraq to India, from Serbia to Sudan, from Fiji to the Philippines. It is scary how easily so many people can be brainwashed by sheer repetition of a word.”
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“What sense would it make to classify a man as handicapped because he is in a wheelchair today, if he is expected to be walking again in a month, and competing in track meets before the year is out? Yet Americans are generally given 'class' labels on the basis of their transient location in the income stream. If most Americans do not stay in the same broad income bracket for even a decade, their repeatedly changing 'class' makes class itself a nebulous concept. Yet the intelligentsia are habituated, if not addicted, to seeing the world in class terms.”
Thomas Sowell, The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
“Competition does a much more effective job than government at protecting consumers.”
Thomas Sowell, Compassion Versus Guilt, and Other Essays: And Other Essays
“The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.”
Thomas Sowell
“What is history but the story of how politicians have squandered the blood and treasure of the human race?”
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“If politicians stopped meddling with things they don't understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.”
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“Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?”
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“Rhetoric is no substitute for reality.”
Thomas Sowell
“Economics is a study of cause-and-effect relationships in an economy. It's purpose is to discern the consequences of various ways of allocating resources which have alternative uses. It has nothing to say about philosophy or values, anymore than it has to say about music or literature.”
Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
“Whenever someone refers to me as someone "who happens to be black," I wonder if they realize that both my parents are black. If I had turned out to be Scandinavian or Chinese, people would have wondered what was going on.”
Thomas Sowell
“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”
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“Virtually no idea is too ridiculous to be accepted, even by very intelligent and highly educated people, if it provides a way for them to feel special and important. Some confuse that feeling with idealism.”
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