A dozen quotes from Thomas Sowell

Here are a dozen quotes from Thomas Sowell, one of America’s most prolific intellectuals – a conservative with libertarian leanings.

  1. The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best?
  2. If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else.
  3. One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonize those who complain.
  4. Whenever a problem is proclaimed in the media there will almost invariably be a solution proposed in politics. Often the solution is worse than the problem.
  5. Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
  6. The assumption that spending more of taxpayer’s money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse.
  7. It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
  8. Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on income distribution, the cold fact is that income is not distributed: It is earned.
  9. You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.
  10. People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
  11. Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.
  12. The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers.

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