Thoughts Provoked by Sowell


From time to time Thomas Sowell will write an article called random thoughts. They are interesting little tidbits that get you thinking. If you frequent this blog you already know about my admiration for Thomas Sowell. Here are some of his random thoughts:

Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation’s resources over to politicians — who will, of course, then spend these resources in ways that increase the politicians’ chances of getting reelected.

I have never understood why people are so willing to pay more taxes, when the benefit of those dollars is questionable, and the amount purportedly needed by government is ever increasing. If the government simply finds things to spend our money on, this trend will never stop, not until 100% of our dollars earned are handed over to the government, who then decides entirely what we need, or do not need. If money is power, and power corrupts, what can we expect of our government from giving them more tax dollars to spend?

If you don’t want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that’s your choice. But don’t be such a damn fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in “a gun-free environment” where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist?

You know where guns are extremely prevalent? Texas. You know what happened on December 16 in Texas? An employee at a Chinese restaurant walked in with a gun looking for a specific girl, and then decided to open fire on the crowd. When his gun jammed, and the patrons fled to the next door movie theater, he followed them. One man was wounded by the suspects’ gun shots before an off duty female officer came running to the rescue, and shot the perpetrator four times, wounding him, and ending his would-be shooting spree. Lives are saved every day with guns, are you really surprised that someone with an anti-gun agenda like Piers Morgan would never report these instances?

The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good.

Kind of like when Congress passes a bill called the Affordable Care Act, and then taxes go up a trillion dollars. Does that sound affordable when you also factor in higher costs of insurance, and dying at a younger age? Good job intellectuals.

If I were rich, I would have a plaque made up, and sent to every judge in America, bearing a statement made by Adam Smith more than two and a half centuries ago: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

According to one study summarized on Wikipedia, within 3 years of being released 2.5% of rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2% who had served time for murder had been again arrested for murder. The article notes that these are some of the lowest recidivism rates, most likely because more rapists and murderers stay in jail. Robbers, car thieves, larcenists, people possessing stolen property, and selling illegal weapons all have about a 70-80% recidivism rate, meaning about 75% of these types of criminals will commit the same crime when they are released from prison.

And I’ll leave you with one random though of Sowell’s which needs no explanation.

If someone wrote a novel about a man who was raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America — and who then went on to become President of the United States — that novel would be considered too unbelievable, even for a work of fiction. Yet that is what has happened in real life.

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