Thomas Sowell Quotes

The barbarians are not at the gates. They are inside the gates – and have academic tenure, judicial appointments, government grants, and control of the movies, television, and other media. Virtually everything that was supposed to make things better made things worse. What has failed is accepted without question by so-called ‘thinking people’ and what […]

The most basic question is not what is best, but who shall decide what is best.

One of the peculiarities of the American Revolution was that its leaders pinned their hopes on the organization of decision-making units, the structuring of their incentives, and the counterbalancing of the units against one another, rather than on the more usual (and more exciting) principle of substituting “the good guys” for “the bad guys.

Those who want a world without adversity, struggle or competition in effect want a world where the government plays Lady Bountiful with the taxpayers’ money. With all the responsibilities of human beings removed from people’s shoulders, the recipients become like livestock, fed and sheltered by their caretakers. That is a very self-flattering picture to those […]