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Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

An African American economist and author, Thomas Sowell is a conservative commentator who came out against welfare, the minimum wage, busing, quotas and affirmative action. He encourages others to improve their economic and social state through hard work and ambition rather than government support and intervention. His views have drawn fire from many circles, including other African Americ…

Date of Birth: June 30, 1930


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Thomas Sowell

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." Thomas Sowell
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Economy   

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"Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty." Thomas Sowell
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"While rationalism at the individual level is a plea for more personal autonomy from cultural norms, at the social level it is often a claim- or arrogation- of power to stifle the autonomy of others." Thomas Sowell
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Autonomy    Civilization   

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"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" Thomas Sowell
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"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it." Thomas Sowell
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American Economist    Doctors   

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"People who claim that sentencing a murderer to "life without the possibility of parole" protects society just as well as the death penalty ignore three things: (1) life without the possibility of parole does not mean life without the possibility of escape or (2) life without the possibility of killing while in prison or (3) life without the possibility of a liberal governor being elected and issuing a pardon." Thomas Sowell
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Life   

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"The big divide in this country is not between Democrats and Republicans, or women and men, but between talkers and doers." Thomas Sowell
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American Economist    Character   

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"If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win." Thomas Sowell
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"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them" Thomas Sowell
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Failure    Trust   

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"There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young." Thomas Sowell
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"Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement." Thomas Sowell
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Choice    Civilization   

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"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, including themselves" Thomas Sowell
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"You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing." Thomas Sowell
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American Economist    Bureaucracy   

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"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain" Thomas Sowell
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Mankind   

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"If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today." Thomas Sowell
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"The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings" Thomas Sowell
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"One of the consequences of such notions as "entitlements" is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence." Thomas Sowell
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"Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late" Thomas Sowell
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"The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling." Thomas Sowell
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"People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do" Thomas Sowell
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"If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism" Thomas Sowell
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