Zitat des Tages von Thomas Sowell:
The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.
The simplest and most psychologically satisfying explanation of any observed phenomenon is that it happened that way because someone wanted it to happen that way.
There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously.
Prices are important not because money is considered paramount but because prices are a fast and effective conveyor of information through a vast society in which fragmented knowledge must be coordinated.
Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty.
The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite.
People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do.
As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking - or lack of thinking.
All the political angst and moral melodrama about getting 'the rich' to pay 'their fair share' is part of a big charade. This is not about economics, it is about politics.
The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
Both free speech rights and property rights belong legally to individuals, but their real function is social, to benefit vast numbers of people who do not themselves exercise these rights.
The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.
Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem.
Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.
It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.
Our schools and colleges are turning out people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do.
The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.
Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.
There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young.
It is hard to read a newspaper or watch a television newscast without encountering someone who has come up with a new 'solution' to society's 'problems.'
Groups that rose from poverty to prosperity seldom did so by having their own racial or ethnic leaders to follow.
It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.
The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.
The real minimum wage is zero.
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.
Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
Those parts of history that would undermine the vision of the Left - which prevails in our education system from elementary school to postgraduate study - are not likely to get much attention.
If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.
What 'multiculturalism' boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture - and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.
Too much of what is called 'education' is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.
Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others. In other words, it is the opposite of idealism.
Actually lowering the cost of insurance would be accomplished by such things as making it harder for lawyers to win frivolous lawsuits against insurance companies.
Few professors would dare to publish research or teach a course debunking the claims made in various ethnic, gender, or other 'studies' courses.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
Facts do not speak for themselves. They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.