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Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts

November 1, 2016

Thomas Sowell

Here are some of Thomas Sowell’s recent Random Thoughts (click here). Dr. Sowell’s greatest gift is he always makes us think.

-“It is astonishing that some people think that the answer to the problems of ObamaCare is to go to a “single payer” system. But “single payer” is just another way of saying “government monopoly.” does anyone pay attention to how government monopolies operate – from the local DMV to Veterans Administration hospitals?

-“Politics has turned the lofty ideal of equality into the ugly reality of resentments of other people’s achievements – and a feeling that the world owes you something, while you owe nobody anything, not even common decency.”

-“Why  should the fate of the economy depend on the guesswork of the Federal Reserve – and the guesswork of the stock market about what the Federal Reserve will guess?”

“Politicians have learned to call their spending of the taxpayers’ money “investment, ” even when it is just pouring money down a bottomless pit, in order to win votes from the recipients.”

-“Hillary Clinton has performed the verbal magic of turning her years of repeated disastrous decisions in foreign policy into a political asset called “experience.

-“The political left’s hatred of Donald Trump is ironic, because both he and they have the same pattern of automatic demonizing of those who disagree with their views, rather than confronting opposing arguments with hard evidence or convincing logic.

“Have we reached the ultimate stage of absurdity where some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, while other people are not held responsible for what they themselves are doing today?

-“If the media seriously wanted to report the news – instead of spinning it – they could stop calling rioters “protesters” and stop calling terrorists “militants.”

“Each political party has picked a loser this year. Unfortunately, one of them is going to win, and then the whole country can lose, big time.

-“One of the mysteries of the ages is why the political left has, for centuries, lavished so much attention on the well-being of criminals and paid so little attention to their victims.”

“The monumental tragedies of the 20th century – a world-wide Great Depression, two devastating World Wars, the Holocaust, famines killing millions in the soviet Union and tens of millions in China – should leave us with a sobering sense of the threats to any society. But this generation’s ignorance of history leaves them free to be frivolous – until the next catastrophe strikes, and catches them completely by surprise.”


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Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts On The Passing Scene

March 9, 2016

Thomas Sowell

Here are some of Thomas Sowell’s most recent random thoughts (read the rest here).

-“Will a Supreme Court without a single Protestant justice rule that an “under-representation” of any group is evidence of discrimination?

-“Here is a trick question: What percentage of American households have incomes in the top 10 percent? Answer: 51 percent of American households are in the top 10 percent in income at come point in the course of a lifetime – usually in their older years. Those who want us to envy and resent the top 10 percent are urging half of us to envy and resent ourselves.”

-“According to the Washington Post, record numbers of college students say that they plan to engage in protests. Our educational system may not teach students much math of science, but students learn from gutless academic administrators that mob rule is the way to get what you want – and to silence those who disagree with you.

-“At last we have reached the point where we can say, “Next year this time, Obama will not be president.” But the disasters he leaves behind will plague us for years to come. And some of those disasters may strike even before he is gone.”

-“Historians of the future, when they look back on our times, may be completely baffled when trying to understand how Western civilization welcomed vast numbers of people hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization, people who had been taught that they have a right to kill those who do not share their beliefs.”

“The presidential election prospects for the democrats are so bad this year that only the Republicans can save them – as Republicans have saved them before.”

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Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts

February 2, 2016

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell’s random thoughts are filled with more substance than most intellectuals specific thoughts. Here are some examples from his most recent Random Thoughts (click here) column.

-“The best New Year’s Resolution I ever made was to stop trying to reason with unreasonable people. That may be especially valuable during an election year.

-“Will this November’s presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper?

“The central non sequitur of the political left is that, because America has never lived up to its ideals, it is to be condemned and repudiated. But what society of human beings has ever lived up to all its ideals? Despite all its achievements, America is condemned by the left because it is not exempt from all the sins and failings found in societies around the world.”

“One of the apparently immortal fallacies is the belief that disarming peaceful people reduces violence. That Fallacy underlies both national disarmament and gun control within nations.”

-“Egalitarians never seem to understand that promoting economic equality in theory means promoting resentments and polarization in practice, making everyone worse off.”

-“Some people are surprised at how many young people look favorably on socialism. But socialism is a wonderful sounding idea. Those who have lived through the era of its disasters in the 20th century, or learned about them from history, are likely to see through the appearances to the reality. A young age prevents the former and our dumbed-down education prevents the latter.”

-“Among the common phrases of the past that we seldom hear today is “Non of your business.” Apparently everything is other people’s business these days, including the media’s business and the government’s business.

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Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell

January 30, 2015

Thomas Sowell

It’s always enlightening to read what Thomas Sowell is randomly thinking (Read here). Here are some excerpts from the article,

“When someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for being successful, remember that your guilt is some politician’s license to take what you worked for and give it to someone else who is more likely to vote foe the politician who plays Santa Claus with your Money.”

“So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers’ unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do.

-“Somewhere Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes says that the purpose of an education should be to produce a mind that cannot be humbugged. But today our educational system, from kindergarten to the universities, is engaged in the mass production of fashionable humbug – propaganda rather than education.”

-“Would you go to a funeral if you knew that your presence would be unwelcome and would just add to the pain of the mourners? Probably not. But New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio went to both funerals for the two New York City policeman recently murdered – and gave speeches. that epitomized what a truly despicable human being he is, eve by the low standards of politicians.”

-“Demographic “diversity” is a notion often defended with fervor but seldom with facts.”

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More Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell

August 21, 2014

Thomas Sowell

Nobody hits the nail on the head as consistently as Thomas Sowell. Here are a few examples from his recent Random Thoughts (here) column.

Too many people in Washington are full of themselves, among other things that they are full of.

“Two headlines in the August 10th New York Times speak volumes about Barack Obama. The top headline reads: “Iraq Strikes May Last Months, Obama Says.” A secondary headline reads: “No Ground Force Will Be Sent, He Repeats.” Time was when enemy spies had to risk their lives to acquire such information. Now all they have to do is read the headlines.”

“One of the big differences between Democrats and Republicans is that we at least know what the Democrats stand for, whether we agree with it or not. But, for Republicans, we have to guess”

“It is amazing how many people think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet.”

“The smug and smirking contempt of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, when he began testifying before a Congressional committee in the IRS scandal investigation, told us all we needed to know, even if we never get the information that was supposedly “lost” when Lois Lerner’s computer supposedly crashed.”

“Despite TV pundits who say that public opinion polls show Barack Obama is in trouble, the president is not in the slightest trouble. He is doing whatever he feels like doing, regardless of the Constitution and regardless of how many people don’t like it, because he is virtually impeachment-proof. The country is in huge trouble and real danger because of his policies, but he is not.”

“It is amazing how many otherwise sane people want Israel to become the first nation in history to respond to military attacks by restricting what they do, so that it is “proportionate” to the damage inflicted by the attacks.”

“If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.”

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More Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell

May 28, 2014

Thomas Sowell

Dr. Thomas Sowell is my favorite author and his random thoughts columns are always instant classics. Nobody is better at wading through the BS and finding the golden nugget in every situation.

Here are a few samples from his recent Random Thoughts column.

“Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a “single payer” system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places.”

“Some people act as if the answer to every problem is to put more money and power in the hands of politicians.”

“Those people who want Hillary Clinton elected president, so that we could have our first woman president, seem to have learned absolutely nothing from the current disaster of choosing a president on the basis of demographics and symbolism.”

“The old saying that “politics is the art of the possible” is dead wrong. Politics is the art of making the impossible seem possible, and even plausible and desirable. That is how ObamaCare got passed”

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Random Thoughts by Thomas Sowell

February 12, 2014

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell’s random thoughts columns always make you think. His most recent Random Thoughts Article (read here), is no exception. Here are some excerpts.

“It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?”

“Despite the rhetoric, the goals or the intentions of the political left, the world they seek to create is a world where decisions are taken out of the hands of ordinary citizens and transferred to third parties. ObamaCare is the latest example of this trend, and can now join the long list of the “compassionate” catastrophes of the left.”

“With his decision declaring ObamaCare constitutional, Chief Justice John Roberts turned what F.A. Hayek called “The Road to Serfdom” into a super highway. The government all but owns us now, and can order us to do pretty much whatever it wants us to do.”

“Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: “What is your policy toward foreign students?” My reply was: “To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold them all to the same standards.” The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When people get used to  preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”


Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts

November 29, 2013

I try to read everything Thomas Sowell writes. His random thoughts articles (read most recent article here),  always makes me think.

Here are some excerpts.

-“Don’t you love it when a politicians says, “I take full  responsibility”? Translated into plain English, that says, “Now that I have admitted it, there is nothing more for me to do (such as resign) and nothing for anyone else to do (such as fire me).” Saying “I take full responsibility” is like a get-out-of -jail-free card in the Monopoly game.”

– “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.”

– “One of the painfully sobering realizations that come from reading history is that utter incompetence that is possible among leaders of whole nations and empires — and the blind faith that such leaders can nevertheless inspire among the people who are enthralled by their words or their posturing.”

– “The one thing that the national debt ceiling does not do is put a ceiling on the national debt. It just provides political melodrama when the existing ceiling is repeatedly raised to accommodate ever higher spending.”

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Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts.

July 29, 2013

Thomas Sowell gives us some Random Thoughts (read here) from wise thinkers. Here are a few examples.

“We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.” (F.A. Hayek)

“There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” (Edmund Burke)

“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.” (Paul Johnson)

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