John Stuart Mill´s classic essay "On Liberty" gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people´s decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing "that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging."(Snip) What Sunstein does not tell us is what sort of creatures, other than people, are going to override our mistaken decisions for us. That is the key flaw in the theory and agenda of the left.
As I have asked my all too liberal children often "Who´s going to watch the watchers?" I haven´t seen enough wisdom in government to trust their judgement, especially after watching the fiasco known as sequestration make its´ ugly march to fruition. 535 congressfolks, an administration constantly telling the voters how wonderfull it is, and they came up with a plan that any normal 7th grader could reject as stupid!
Sowell as usual makes points against which there are no effective arguments. Does anyone really believe that our government is capable of acting wisely and efficiently with so many counterexamples sitting there. Obamacare will be the worst of all.
The Soviet Union was being praised to the skies by such literary luminaries as George Bernard Shaw in Britain and Edmund Wilson in America, while literally millions of people were being systematically starved to death by Stalin and masses of others were being shipped off to slave labor camps.
Although to some, this may sound like something out of the Middle Ages, it´s not that far back. Everythng I see and hear out of this Administration and its movers and shakers like Cass Sunstein tells me that this is where they would like to see it go once again, with them in charge.
Lest anyone think it can´t happen here and that such things only happen across the oceans, the huddles masses who don´t know they are no longer free -- those who get the free stuff -- are the very people who will be starved into submission, killed, or recruited for Obama´s "civilian police force" he threatened to form on American soil.
Sowell´s analysis is, as always, solid and indisputable, except to those for whom truth no longer matters. What a shame there are so many such people.
The key line is that the dims see themselves as shepherds; they see us as sheep. The problem is that they´re largely right; the sheeple elected Fauxbama. The fact is that the dims don´t consider those voting for them to be wise; they consider them to be stupid and in need of ´guidance´. The rest are considered reactionaries. Until we start training students to think rather than be ´sensitive´ and ´nonjudgmental´ this problem will persist.
Reply #9:"Until we start training students to think rather than be ´sensitive´ and ´nonjudgmental´ this problem will persist." A perfect way to start, #9, would be to insist that high school and college students have Thomas Sowell in their history/social studies curriculum.
Yes, there are smart, very smart, I would say wise conservatives. Dr. Sowell is one of the best. But! How many Americans have access to his wisdom? 1%? Maybe a little bit more. And the reason for that being that we don´t have conservative mass media. Our enemies commie/fascist cabal (I don´t mince words here) know that very well. They were schooled by likes of hitler/stalin who started with conquering the mass media and big money. That´s what current rulers did in America. And what was the conservative answer to that? Articles in Investor´s Daily and Mark Levin´s talk show! Is it enough fighting thousands of radical newspapers and TV station? Don´t think so.
Obama is packaged as being smarter than you. He was passed off as a second Lincoln during the release of a recent movie. He´s been portrayed as the Democratic Reagan.
The real truth is he has no college record he can be proud of because he´s spent millions to keep it hidden. He´s nothing more than a Marxist community organizer, a half-term Senator from Illinois with a penchant for voting "present" on major issues, and a mooch who´s lived his whole life on other people´s money.
This man is a total fraud and we are allowing him to transform our America from something our Founder´s pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to establish, into a horror from which we will be hard-pressed to recover. This is a stupid...STUPID move!
It is a fantasy that some think him saintly (complete with halo-like aura above his head), but more likely we´ve encountered the demonic.
FTA..."Disarmament" was the mantra of the day among the intelligentsia, often garnished with the suggestion that the Western democracies should "set an example" for other nations — as if Nazi Germany or imperial Japan was likely to follow their example.
Just change the country names to Russia, North Korea and every Muslim nation and we have the same idiocy today - especially in our White House.
FTA: "But government officials cannot admit to making a mistake without jeopardizing their whole careers."
And therein lies the problem folks.
Public service was never meant to be a career. It has become so incredibly lucrative and the politicians have so protected their interests that I´m afraid that nothing short of a revolution will change it.
Dr. Sowell packs more simple wisdom into a clearly-worded two page article than anyone, methinks.
Here, he clearly states his thesis, provides multiple devastating examples to support it, then (like any timeless philosopher) he leaves us with a pithy point to ponder:
"Tragically, too many of us are apparently willing to be sheep, in exchange for being taken care of, being relieved of the burdens of adult responsibility and being supplied with "free" stuff paid for by others."
Did you not see yourself among the "many of us" that Dr. Sowell chides?
It is horrifying when the government treats (considers) his people like slaves, what is more horrifying is when people agree with that. This quote (how ironic it is!) is the banner of the russian newspaper Pravda nowadays.
According to John F. Kerry, Cass Sunstein has the right to be stupid. Unfortunately his elite academic profile can be very damaging to citizens with good common sense. Something this intellectual fraud lacks.
Dr. Sowell´s intellect is light years ahead of the egg-head no sense Sunstein.
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Well, it’s not like there’s any danger of this stuff crossing the porous border into the US… Tepojaco (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexican authorities scrambled Wednesday to find a truck containing “extremely dangerous” radioactive material used in medical treatment that was stolen by two gunmen two days ago, officials said. The white Volkswagen Worker truck was transporting a teletherapy device containing cobalt-60 when it was stolen Monday in the central Hidalgo state town of Tepojaco, near Mexico City, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. (Snip)So they found the container, just not the incredibly dangerous material that was in it. The
A fourth student at the University of California Santa Barbara has come down with a strain of meningitis similar to the one that sickened eight Princeton University students in New Jersey, authorities said. The California students began getting sick about three weeks ago, according to a university statement. One student had to have both legs amputated, ABC News has learned. "He´s from my hometown. I hope he is doing well," said David Burkow, another student. "It´s just kind of scary because there is a constant fear." The California school has suspended social events, including sorority and fraternity parties, to avoid
With a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible to enter bankruptcy, the fate of the city’s art collection — one of the finest in the country — now moves front and center in the legal battle over the city’s future. But the judge, Steven W. Rhodes, questioned for the first time the push by some of the city’s largest creditors to sell paintings and sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts, a sale that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars or more. While he did not say specifically that the art should be spared,
WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees as a participant in its investigation into the December 1 fatal derailment of the Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx that killed four people. Organizations designated as parties to investigations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB rules during an investigation, but on Tuesday, the chairman of the union, Anthony Bottalico, spoke to the media and discussed what he thought happened during the derailment and engineer William Rockefeller. “While we value the technical expertise that groups like ACRE can provide during the course of an investigation, it
A truck carrying potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement Wednesday said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana. The IAEA said the heist occurred in Tepojaco, a town near Mexico City, and describes the load as `´extremely dangerous" if damaged or removed from its protective shielding. It said Mexican authorities are searching for the material. The statement provided
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Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
Denver - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay
DAVID CORN: I saw a president who remains frustrated with the political-media culture that he has to work within, and that he´s looking to rally people, students here, and supporters, and people within the media. CHRIS MATTHEWS: But David Corn, you skeptic. He came to us today. He came amongst us. CORN: He´s trying to rally people behind this vision that he´s been promoting for a couple years. FINEMAN: By the way, he did it the end here, today, Chris, not by defending specifics, but by explaining why he´s in the game to begin with. And I don´t know about you, he´s
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by