Ten Thomas Sowell Quotes On Economics and Contemporary Culture

Things to think about when you’re not distracted by other things.

In school I developed the habit of reading writers on both sides of the fence, or the aisle if you prefer. One problem with social media is that it enables you to get into a bubble where the media itself feeds you things that align with your interests. In other words, it feeds you stories that reinforce your views rather than challenging them.

Thomas Sowell is an economist and social critic who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, received his Masters at Columbia and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. Since then he’s served on the faculties of several universities and authored numerous books. He’s currently a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Sowell’s father died shortly before he was born in North Carolina. His mother, a housemaid, was poor and already had four children so her great aunt and her two daughters adopted him. At age nine his family moved to Harlem as part of the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North. He was the first in his family to study beyond sixth grade.

Politically, he prefers not to be labeled. If forced to wear a label he would choose Libertarian over Conservative. If you’re unfamiliar with his writings, these quotes will give you the spicy flavor of his thought.

What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social Justice.

We are living in an era when sanity is controversial and insanity is just another viewpoint — and degeneracy only another lifestyle.

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.

Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.

Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.

Those who say that all cultures are equal never explain why the results of those cultures are so grossly unequal.

Since wealth is the only thing that can cure poverty, you might think that the left would be as obsessed with the creation of wealth as they are with the redistribution of wealth. But you would be wrong.

It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else’s opinion.

Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don’t know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.

Equality of rights does not mean equality of results. I can have all the equal treatment in the world on a golf course and I will not finish within shouting distance of Tiger Woods.

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