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.
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
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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
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Lebanon´s militant Shi´ite group Hezbollah said on Wednesday one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home overnight in an attack it blamed on Israel. The group said in a statement that Hassan al-Laqqis, "who served the resistance his entire life," was killed at around midnight in the southern Hadath district of the Lebanese capital. A previously unknown group, Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter. The group´s name suggested it had Lebanese Sunni Muslim links. Al-Laqqis was on his way home when he was killed, the official Hezbollah television station Al-Manar said. It
The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was discharged under dishonorable terms from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up, NBC 4 New York has learned. (Snip)NBC 4 New York learned Wednesday from a Pentagon source that Morales was dismissed from the Marine Reserve Corps in May because she wasn´t attending drills. It wasn´t immediately clear how often those drills were held, and Morales did not respond to a request for comment. Morales was formally discharged, or released from the Marines,
On weekends or late at night, the whine of high-performance engines echoes across an industrial park and nearby hills in Santa Clarita. In daylight, dramatic skid marks on the mostly unlined roadway are evidence of racing and burnouts. Speed aficionados know the spot well, on the far side of the 5 Freeway from the Magic Mountain theme park. They come to try their hand at "drifting," over-steering so that the tail ends of their Nissans and Mitsubishis slide and shimmy through a spot called Hercules Curve. Last Saturday, it was Paul Walker, star of the "Fast & Furious" film series — who
Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu´s remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”
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