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Thomas Sowell Quotes

What do you call it when someone steals someone elses money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone elses money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone elses money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.
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The word 'racism' is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything - and demanding evidence makes you a 'racist.'

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If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.

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What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don't like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don't expect freedom to survive very long.

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The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.

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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.

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You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.

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We enjoy freedom and the rule of law on which it depends, not because we deserve it, but because others before us put their lives on the line to defend it.

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If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.

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Central planning, judicial activism, and the nanny state all presume vastly more knowledge than any elite have ever possessed.

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The poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits ever since 1994. You would never learn that from most of the media. Similarly you look at those blacks that have gone on to college or finished college, the incarceration rate is some tiny fraction of what it is among those blacks who have dropped out of high school. So it's not being black; it's a way of life. Unfortunately, the way of life is being celebrated not only in rap music, but among the intelligentsia, is a way of life that leads to a lot of very big problems for most people.

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Our national problems usually do not cause nearly as much harm as the solutions.

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The great allure of government programs in general for many people is that these programs allow decisions to be made without having to worry about the constraints of prices, which confront people at every turn in a free market.

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Whether as a radical student, a community organizer or a far left politician, Barack Obama's ideology has been based on a vision of the Haves versus the Have Nots ... Obama's ideology is an ideology of envy, resentment, and payback.

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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.

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What is politically defined as economic planning is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by Government officials.

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Too many policies, programs and institutions are judged by what they are supposed to do, rather than by what they actually do and the consequences of their actions.

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During the 1930s, some of the leading intellectuals in America condemned our economic system and pointed to the centrally planned Soviet economy as a model
all this at a time when literally millions of people were starving to death in the Soviet Union, from a famine in a country with some of the richest farmland in Europe and historically a large exporter of food.

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The economic disasters of socialism and communism come from assuming a blanket superiority of those who want to run a whole economy.

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