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  • Any judicial nominee who has said that the Constitution means what it says, not what judges would like it to mean, is going to be called an 'extremist.' That person will be said to be 'out of the mainstream.' But the mainstream is itself the problem.

  • If you have ever seen a four-year-old trying to lord it over a two-year-old, then you know what the basic problem of human nature is - and why government keeps growing larger and ever more intrusive.

  • Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don't know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.

    Thomas Sowell (2006). “Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays”, Hoover Inst Press
  • Congressman Frank and Senator Dodd wanted the government to push financial institutions to lend to people they would not lend to otherwise, because of the risk of default. ... The idea that politicians can assess risks better than people who have spent their whole careers assessing risks should have been so obviously absurd that no one would take it seriously.

    "Bailout Politics" by Thomas Sowell, September 30, 2008.
  • Perhaps people who are gushing over the Obama Cult today might do well to stop and think about what it would mean for their granddaughters to live under Sharia law.

    Mean   Thinking   Law  
  • Most variables can show either an upward or downward trend, depending on the base year chosen.

    Thomas Sowell (1995). “The Vision of the Anointed: Self-congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy”, p.102, Basic Books
  • The fashionable idiocy that haters must have justifications is one of those ideas that George Orwell said only an intellectual could believe -- because no one else could be such a fool.

  • Right after liberal Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans.

    "Random Thoughts". August 26, 2008.
  • If you have a right to respect, that means other people don't have a right to their own opinions.

    Mean   Patriotic   People  
    Thomas Sowell (2006). “Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays”, Hoover Inst Press
  • The biggest and most deadly 'tax' rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits - food stamps, housing subsidies and the like - if their income goes up.

    Loss   Income   Benefits  
  • The welfare state shields people from the consequences of their own mistakes, allowing irresponsibility to continue and to flourish among ever wider circles of people.

  • Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.

    "Random thoughts" by Thomas Sowell, May 1, 2007.
  • Those who wrote the Constitution clearly understood that power is dangerous and needs to be limited by being separated - separated not only into the three branches of the national government but also separated as between the whole national government, on the one hand, and the states and the people on the other.

    Thomas Sowell (2013). “Ever Wonder Why?: and Other Controversial Essays”, p.159, Hoover Press
  • American society in recent years has been imitating behavior patterns that have produced negative - and sometimes catastrophic - consequences in many other countries around the world.

  • As far as party primaries are concerned, both Republican - and Democratic - Party primaries are dominated by the most zealous voters, whose views may not reflect the views of most members of their own respective parties, much less the views of those who are going to vote in the November general election.

    Party   Views   Zealous  
    "Bipartisan Primary Blues". March 25, 2008.
  • The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.

    Country   Men   Doers  
    Thomas Sowell (2013). “Ever Wonder Why?: and Other Controversial Essays”, p.204, Hoover Press
  • 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.

    Sports   Israel   Dollars  
  • Military pay has been allowed to lag behind to the point where career enlisted men with families to feed have been forced to resort to food stamps.

    Military   Men   Careers  
  • The strongest argument for socialism is that it sounds good. The strongest argument against socialism is that it doesn't work. But those who live by words will always have a soft spot in their hearts for socialism because it sounds so good.

    Heart   Sound   Argument  
    Thomas Sowell (2013). “Controversial Essays”, p.315, Hoover Press
  • One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with the time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.

    Dream   Real   War  
    Thomas Sowell (2002). “Controversial Essays”, Hoover Inst Press
  • I hate to think that someday Americans will be looking at the ruins of their cities and saying that this happened because their leaders were afraid of the word unilateral.

    Hate   War   Thinking  
    Thomas Sowell (2006). “Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays”, Hoover Inst Press
  • Just as members of American teachers unions often send their own children to private schools, so unionized workers at government-run hospitals in Britain have insurance that allows them to go to private hospitals. In both cases, those on the inside realize how bad these institutions are, regardless of what they say to those on the outside.

  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

    Thomas Sowell (2006). “Ever Wonder Why? and Other Controversial Essays”, Hoover Inst Press
  • 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.

    Media   Racism   Might  
  • The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.

    Fate   America   People  
    Interview with John Hawkins, February 8, 2012.
  • Liberals have been driven to the desperate expedient of attributing . . .social pathology in today's ghettos to 'a legacy of slavery' even though black children grew up with two parents more often under slavery than today.

    Children   Ghetto   Two  
  • No one pushed harder than Congressman Barney Frank to force banks and other financial institutions to reduce their mortgage lending standards, in order to meet government-set goals for more home ownership. Those lower mortgage lending standards are at the heart of the increased riskiness of the mortgage market and of the collapse of Wall Street securities based on those risky mortgages.

    Wall   Home   Heart  
    Thomas Sowell (2011). “Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays (Large Print 16pt)”, p.42,
  • The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. The black family- which survived slavery, discrimination, poverty, wars and depressions- began to come apart as the federal government moved in with its well-financed programs to “help.”

    War   Government   Black  
  • More than half of all people filing income tax forms use someone else to prepare the forms for them. Then they have to sign under penalty of perjury that these forms are correct. But if they were competent to determine that, why would they have to pay someone else to do their taxes for them in the first place?

    People   Income   Use  
    "Random Thoughts" by Thomas Sowell, June 13, 2006.
  • Most intellectuals outside the field of economics show remarkably little interest in learning even the basic fundamentals of economics. Yet they do not hesitate to make sweeping pronouncements about the economy in general, businesses in particular, and the many issues revolving around what is called 'income distribution'.

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