Dr. Thomas Sowell’s Greatest Hits – Perfect Quotes From a Total Genius

  • Dr. Thomas Sowell is one of the most-read economists and commentators of the last 50 years. And for very good reason.
  • Here are some of his best quotes:


“If we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical drugs now, how can we afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical drugs, in addition to a new federal bureaucracy to administer a government-run medical system?”

Government “Assistance”

“Do people who advocate special government programs for blacks realize that the federal government has had special programs for American Indians, including affirmative action, since the early 19th century — and that American Indians remain one of the few groups worse off than blacks?”


“No society ever thrived because it had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who produce.”

“Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

“The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.”


“If politics were like sports, we could ask Israel to trade us Benjamin Netanyahu for Barack Obama. Of course, we would have to throw in trillions of dollars to get Israel to agree to the deal, but it would be money well spent.”

“Envy plus rhetoric equals ‘social justice.'”

“So long as most people do not look beyond superficial appearances, politicians can get away with playing Santa Claus on all sorts of issues, while leaving havoc in their wake— such as growing unemployment, despite all the jobs being ‘created.'”

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity. There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”


“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many conservatives there are in their sociology department.”

Government Responsibility

“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.”


“If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win.”

H/T American Enterprise Institute

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