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Thomas Sowell Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Apr 2021
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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.
The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.
The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology accepts blacks in the top ten percent of students, but at MIT this puts them in the bottom ten percent of the class.
The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.
The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.
The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.
Tariffs that save jobs in the steel industry mean higher steel prices, which in turn means fewer sales of American steel products around the world and losses of far more jobs than are saved.
Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.
Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
Prices are important not because money is considered paramount but because prices are a fast and effective conveyor of information through a vast society in which fragmented knowledge must be coordinated.
People who identify themselves as conservatives donate money to charity more often than people who identify themselves as liberals. They donate more money and a higher percentage of their incomes.
People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
One of the most pervasive political visions of our time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and conservatives as less caring.
Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.
Mistakes can be corrected by those who pay attention to facts but dogmatism will not be corrected by those who are wedded to a vision.
Like a baseball game, wars are not over till they are over. Wars don't run on a clock like football. No previous generation was so hopelessly unrealistic that this had to be explained to them.
Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help.
Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.
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