Thomas Sowell has a knack

It occurred to me that Sowell is somewhat Victorian in his ability to come up with pithy summations of large ideas.  In a pre-typewriter age, brevity was virtuous.  These are some of his thoughts for today, but I urge you to click on the link and read them all:

President Obama really has a way with words, such as calling the problems that millions of people have had trying to sign up for ObamaCare “glitches.” When the Titanic sank, was that a “glitch”?


No one seems as certain that they know what the Republicans need to do to win presidential elections as those Republicans who have lost presidential elections, such as Mitt Romney, John McCain and Bob Dole. Moreover, people take them seriously, and seem not to notice that what the losers advocate is the opposite of what won Ronald Reagan two landslide election victories.

If you believe in equal rights, then what do “women’s rights,” “gay rights,” etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights for all.


Those who want to “spread the wealth” almost invariably seek to concentrate the power. It happens too often, and in too many different countries around the world, to be a coincidence. Which is more dangerous, inequalities of wealth or concentrations of power?  [Emphasis mine.]

Really, I’m not just saying it to be polite:  Go read all of Sowell’s thoughts for today.

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  • Ymarsakar

    “When the Titanic sank, was that a “glitchE”
    yea, it was a glitch in the matrix. Obama just thinks he created the matrix that we call reality. So there are “glitches”.
    The Left’s war machine is irredeemably inconsistent and contradicting their own ideology. Things like redistribution of wealth can be easily applied to Hollywood, but they don’t do that because it would decrease the funding of their war machine.
    All those anti war protestors and actors could easily fund the ending of war and poverty, but they don’t use their own money, per say.
    If a Leftist, or criminal/villain, were to follow their own codes of behavior and rules, they would implode. What divides a hero from a villain is that the hero acts in a way that is fair as applied to others, because if he is treated that way, he can live with it. A villain has to keep hitting weaker people, because if his behavior ever went full circle, he would be destroyed. The Left, like much of entropy and evil, must always ride the tiger. They can never get off and survive.

  • JKB

    I just found this video of Thomas Sowell on a radio show in 1993 discussing education.  He’s made for radio in the sense he goes right to the heart of the matter without the rambling that can lose an audience.
    Thomas Sowell on Formal Education: