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Thomas Sowell To The Left: “Grow Up”

Most everything Thomas Sowell writes is well-worth reading, and this essay posted today at National Review Online is no exception. He begins by writing:

“Conservatives, as well as liberals, would undoubtedly be happier living in the kind of world envisioned by the Left.

“Very few people have either a vested interest or an ideological preference for a world in which there are many inequalities.

“Even fewer would prefer a world in which vast sums of money have to be devoted to military defense, when so much benefit could be produced if those resources were directed into medical research instead.

“It is hardly surprising that young people prefer the political Left. The only reason for rejecting the Left’s vision is that the real world in which we live is very different from the world that the Left perceives today or envisions for tomorrow.

“Most of us learn that from experience — but experience is precisely what the young are lacking.”

Later, Sowell writes:

“The agenda of the Left is fine for the world that they envision as existing today and the world they want to create tomorrow.

That is a world not hemmed in on all sides by inherent constraints and the painful trade-offs that these constraints imply. Theirs is a world where there are attractive, win-win “solutions” in place of those ugly trade-offs in the world that the rest of us live in.”

Read the entire essay. Most taxpayers will find it to their liking. If you like it, you’ll like his book, “The Vision of the Anointed,” even better.


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