“Poverty” is in the eye of the statisticians — more specifically, the government statisticians who define what constitutes “poverty,” and who are unlikely to define it in ways that might jeopardize the massive welfare state that they are part of.
Author Archive | Thomas Sowell
Nations that disarm increasing the chances of being attacked by nations that do not disarm.
Much as many liberals like to put guilt trips on other people, they seldom seek out, much less acknowledge and take responsibility for, the bad consequences of their own actions.
The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense.
If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value.
Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that “special interests” mean people who support your opponents.
Critics have seen Obama’s repeated sacrifices of American national interests as deliberate.
Most of Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions since becoming president are consistent with this mindset. He has acted repeatedly as a citizen of the world, even though he was elected to be President of the United States.
Republicans have failed to explain why the minimum wage laws that Democrats support are counterproductive for blacks.
“The Triple Package” is a book that tells us much that we all need to know about America — especially if we want to keep the welfare state ideology from destroying the American Dream.
Charter schools take power from politicians and bureaucrats, letting parents decide where their children will go to school. That is obviously offensive to those on the left, who think that our betters should be making our decisions for us.
As long as millions of Americans vote on the basis of who gives them free stuff, look for their freedom — and all our freedom — to be eroded away, bit by bit.
Envy, resentment and hopelessness that progressives preach, and the welfare state they promote, are among the factors keeping people down.
Reducing investors’ incentives to take risks is reducing the jobs their investments are likely to create.
One of the biggest, and one of the oldest, taxes is inflation. Governments have stolen their people’s resources this way, not just for centuries, but for thousands of years.
We insisted on trying to create a “democracy” in the Middle East — a place with a history going back thousands of years, without a single democracy.
Random thoughts on the passing scene…
As someone who used to read translations of official Communist newspapers in the days of the Soviet Union, I know that those papers’ attempts to degrade the United States did not sink quite as low as Howard Zinn’s book.
Intellectuals’ obsession with income statistics — calling envy “social justice” — ignores vast differences in productivity that are far more fundamental to everyone’s well-being.
Many leading thinkers on the left had only contempt for “the people.”