- 3 november 2015 -

A Whole Pile 'O Sowell


Much as many liberals like to put guilt trips on other people, they seldom seek out, much less acknowledge and take responsibility for, the bad consequences of their own actions.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell042314.php3


As with so many things that liberals do, the disarmament crusade is judged by its good intentions, not by its actual consequences.

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Whether disarmament has in fact led to peace, more often than military deterrence has, is something that could be argued on the basis of the facts of history but it seldom is.

Liberals almost never talk about disarmament in terms of evidence of its consequences, whether they are discussing gun control at home or international disarmament agreements.

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Gun control advocates seldom, if ever, present hard evidence that gun crimes in general, or murder rates in particular, go down after gun control laws are passed or tightened.

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If the hard facts show that gun control laws actually reduce the murder rate, we can repeal the Second Amendment, as other Amendments have been repealed.

If in fact tighter gun control laws reduced the murder rate, that would be the liberals' ace of trumps. Why then do the liberals not play their ace of trumps, by showing us such hard facts? Because they don't have any such hard facts. So they give us lofty rhetoric and outraged indignation instead.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell042414.php3


Liberals don't talk or perhaps even think in terms of the actual consequences of their policies, when it is so much more pleasant to think in terms of wonderful goals and lofty rhetoric.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell042514.php3


Meteorology has many facts and many scientific principles but, at this stage of its development, weather forecasts just a week ahead are still iffy. Why then should we let ourselves be stampeded into crippling the American economy with unending restrictions created by bureaucrats who pay no price for being wrong?

Certainly neither China nor India will do that, and the amount of greenhouse gasses they put into the air will overwhelm any reductions we might achieve, even with draconian restrictions at astronomical costs.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell020315.php3


It is staggering that there are sane adults who can vote for someone to be President of the United States as if they are in school, just voting for "most popular boy" or "most popular girl" or, worse yet, voting for someone who will give them free stuff.

Whoever holds that office makes decisions involving the life and death of Americans and especially if Iran gets a nuclear arsenal the life and death of this nation. It took just two nuclear bombs neither of them as powerful as those available today to get a very tough nation like Japan to surrender.

Anyone familiar with World War II battles in the Pacific knows that it was not unusual for 90 percent of the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima or other islands to fight to the death, even after it was clear that American troops had them beaten.

When people like that surrender after two nuclear bombs, do not imagine that today's soft Americans led by the likes of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton will fight on after New York and Chicago have been reduced to radioactive ashes.

Meanwhile, ISIS and other terrorists are giving us a free demonstration of what surrender would mean. But perhaps we can kick the can down the road, and leave that as a legacy to our children and grandchildren, along with the national debt.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell032415.php3


An election is not a popularity contest, or an award for showmanship. If you want to fulfill your duty as a citizen, then you need to become an informed voter. And if you are not informed, then the most patriotic thing you can do on election day is stay home. Otherwise your vote, based on whims or emotions, is playing Russian roulette with the fate of this nation.

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The ultimate danger lies in the voting public themselves. All too many signs point to an electorate including many people who are grossly uninformed or, worse yet, misinformed.

The very fact that the voting age was lowered to 18 shows the triumph of the vision of elections as participatory rituals, rather than times for fateful choices. If anything, the age might have been raised to 30, since today millions of people in their 20s have never even had the responsibility of being self-supporting, to give them some sense of reality.

We can only hope that the months still remaining before the first primary elections next year will allow voters to get over their emotional responses and concentrate on the life and death implications of choosing the next President of the United States.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell091715.php3


comomenting on the way the pope blames everyone/thing for the poverty the poor. very interesting comment "poverty is automatic"

Any serious look at the history of human beings over the millennia shows that the species began in poverty. It is not poverty, but prosperity, that needs explaining. Poverty is automatic, but prosperity requires many things none of which is equally distributed around the world or even within a given society.

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As distinguished economic historian David S. Landes put it, "The world has never been a level playing field." But which has a better track record of helping the less fortunate fighting for a bigger slice of the economic pie, or producing a bigger pie?

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell092215.php3


Not only was the poverty rate going down, so was the rate of dependence on government to stay out of poverty. Teenage pregnancy rates were falling, and so were rates of venereal diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea. Homicide rates among non-white males fell 22 percent in the 1950s.

In the wake of the massive expansion of the welfare state in the 1960s "war on poverty" program with the repeatedly announced goal of enabling people to become self-supporting and end their dependence on government in fact dependence on government increased and is today far higher than when the 1960s began.

The declining rates of teenage pregnancy and venereal diseases in the 1950s both reversed and rose sharply in the wake of the 1960s "sexual revolution" ideas, introduced into schools under the guise of "sex education," which claimed to be able to reduce teenage pregnancy and venereal diseases.

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell100815.php3


after the 1 october 2015 shooting in Oregon, Sowell here is referring to the all to common "automatic assertion that whoever engaged in a shooting rampage was a madman":

Yet these supposedly crazy shooters are usually rational enough to choose some "gun-free zone" for their murderous attacks. They seem more rational than gun control zealots who keep creating more "gun-free zones."

- Thomas Sowell -
source: http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell101315.php3

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- 2 november 2015 -

Speechless


from march 2015, #4 in an article entitled 7 things becoming a parent taught me I was right about all along...
4) Women should be able to get abortions

After watching my wife gestate my son for nine months, I am 100 percent certain people who go into pregnancy with anti-abortion ethical priors come out of it with the strength of their convictions increased tenfold. I went into it with different priors and have come out with my own pro-choice convictions increased tenfold.

A beloved baby is a miraculous thing, but pregnancy is at times a truly agonizing and awful one. It's a small price to pay for something a woman truly wants, but an enormous amount to pay for other people's questionable metaphysical notions about personhood. In a decent society it would be both safe and convenient for women of all socioeconomic backgrounds to terminate an early stage pregnancy on demand without facing judgment and hassles.

- Matthew Yglesias -
source: http://www.vox.com/2015/3/24/8277827/...

don't even know what to say

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