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The Sage – Thomas Sowell

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Posted by: Errol Phillips

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Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. A National Humanities Medal winner, he advocates laissez-faire economics and writes from a conservative and libertarian perspective.

Known as “The Sage” –  He is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
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Here are some of my favorite Dr. Sowell’s  Quotes:

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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.

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.

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.

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

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.

The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

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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