Random Thoughts from Thomas Sowell

I always enjoy Thomas Sowell’s Random Thoughts columns.  He put several pages of his random thoughts on the passing scene observations in his back of his book Dismantling America.  Here’s a few of my favorites.

One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument.  They can vent their emotions, question other people’s motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans–anything except reason.

Wal-Mart has done more for poor people than any ten liberals, almost nine of whom are almost guaranteed to hate Wal-Mart.

Many colleges claim that they develop “leaders.”  All too often, that means turning out graduates who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.  There are already too many people like that, and they are a menace to everyone else’s freedom.

For university presidents, as for politicians at all levels, one of the most valuable talents for the success of their careers is the ability to say things that make no sense, with a straight face and in a lofty tone.

Perhaps one of the scariest aspects of our times is how many people think in talking points, rather than in terms of real world consequences.

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

Some people are so busy being clever that they don’t have time enough to be wise.


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