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Utopia Versus Freedom (Thomas Sowell)
Jewish World Review ^ | August 4, 2009 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 08/03/2009 8:12:08 PM PDT by jazusamo

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether "change," "universal health care" or "social justice."

If we can be so easily stampeded by rhetoric that neither the public nor the Congress can be bothered to read, much less analyze, bills making massive changes in medical care, then do not be surprised when life and death decisions about you or your family are taken out of your hands — and out of the hands of your doctor — and transferred to bureaucrats in Washington.

Let's go back to square one. The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to "solve" our "problem."

If we are, then there will be a never ending series of "solutions," each causing new problems calling for still more "solutions." That way lies a never-ending quest, costing ever increasing amounts of the taxpayers' money and — more important — ever greater losses of your freedom to live your own life as you see fit, rather than as presumptuous elites dictate.

Ultimately, our choice is to give up Utopian quests or give up our freedom. This has been recognized for centuries by some, but many others have not yet faced that reality, even today. If you think government should "do something"...

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1 posted on 08/03/2009 8:12:08 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 08/03/2009 8:13:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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read


3 posted on 08/03/2009 8:14:27 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: All
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4 posted on 08/03/2009 8:15:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
""Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.""

Ain't that the truth? Once I got some driving glasses to restore my distance vision to youthful capability, I stopped getting speeding tickets.

5 posted on 08/03/2009 8:21:27 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Paladin2

I imagine the savings in tickets paid for the specs in a hurry. :-)


6 posted on 08/03/2009 8:23:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
The money quote:

" If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye. "

7 posted on 08/03/2009 8:24:23 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Paladin2

Bump!


8 posted on 08/03/2009 8:26:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

short, sweet, and spot-on.


9 posted on 08/03/2009 9:12:29 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz.


10 posted on 08/03/2009 9:17:29 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Sowell bump.


11 posted on 08/03/2009 10:14:59 PM PDT by wjcsux (Germany, 1933. America, 2009. History repeats itself again.)
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To: jazusamo

New tagline


12 posted on 08/03/2009 10:18:00 PM PDT by wjcsux ("If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedoms goodbye," Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the post.


13 posted on 08/03/2009 10:18:49 PM PDT by wjcsux ("If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye," Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
There are still some voices of sanity today, echoing what Edmund Burke said long ago. "The study of human institutions is always a search for the most tolerable imperfections," according to Prof. Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye.

Excellent point! And as Thomas Sowell points out, the thing they want to impose on you is always somebody else's idea of "perfection."

14 posted on 08/04/2009 1:58:28 AM PDT by livius
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To: jazusamo
"Let's go back to square one. The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to 'solve' our 'problem.'

"If we are, then there will be a never ending series of 'solutions,' each causing new problems calling for still more 'solutions.'"

This is the pickle we're in right now.

"...taxpayers' money and — more important — ever greater losses..."

One of the many reasons that I love this man, his correct English usage.

15 posted on 08/04/2009 5:50:42 AM PDT by TheOldLady (I hate Freepathons! PLEASE DONATE NOW! Get it over with!)
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To: jazusamo

Great column. BUMP


16 posted on 08/04/2009 5:51:16 AM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: jazusamo

“If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye.”

No one wants to tolerate imperfections. They all want health care, a free lunch, a nice house, a few cars, and all the toys. If they can’t pay for it, they want the government to pay for it.

FREE LUNCH = BYE BYE FREEDOM.

Good post!


17 posted on 08/04/2009 6:15:52 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: wjcsux

Bump to your new tagline, excellent!


18 posted on 08/04/2009 7:00:29 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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19 posted on 08/04/2009 7:29:09 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: jazusamo; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
There is a place you can go where you can read or watch television or paint all day.

Your meals are covered.

You have free use of exercise equipment.

You get your own room with a bed.

Medical procedures are covered too.

You don't even have to pay taxes for any of this, other people will pick up the tab.

Of course, your freedoms are somewhat limited...


20 posted on 08/04/2009 7:39:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Nice pic of the socialists’ “new” America.


21 posted on 08/04/2009 7:46:27 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Just say NO to national socialism!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Socialism is SLAVERY to the State.

It takes socialists YEARS to cast off their chains.

And as the shackles are coming off Eastern Europe and even France, England, etc., they are boggled that we are going down the same failed road. And if it hadn’t been for America holding out, some may never have been freed.


22 posted on 08/04/2009 7:49:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: TheOldLady
LOL. That you are amazed that a University Professor knows and uses correct English is a good indication how low the position of University Professor has sunk. (Gates, Churchill, Ayers, Dorne, etc ad nauseum)
23 posted on 08/04/2009 8:01:07 AM PDT by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?)
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Thomas Sowell :

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether "change," "universal health care" or "social justice."

If we can be so easily stampeded by rhetoric that neither the public nor the Congress can be bothered to read, much less analyze, bills making massive changes in medical care, then do not be surprised when life and death decisions about you or your family are taken out of your hands-- and out of the hands of your doctor-- and transferred to bureaucrats in Washington.

Let's go back to square one. The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to "solve" our "problem."

If we are, then there will be a never ending series of "solutions," each causing new problems calling for still more "solutions." ...

... There are still some voices of sanity today, echoing what Edmund Burke said long ago. "The study of human institutions is always a search for the most tolerable imperfections," according to Prof. Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago. If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye

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24 posted on 08/04/2009 8:03:13 AM PDT by Tolik
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LOL! I’m not amazed about Dr. Sowell’s command of the language. As usual, I’m pleased at not being distracted from his message by bad grammar as is the case with so many other writers and speakers. To a pedantic old proofreader, it can be painful.

As far as the other “professors” you mentioned, well...


25 posted on 08/04/2009 9:18:53 AM PDT by TheOldLady (I hate Freepathons! PLEASE DONATE NOW! Get it over with!)
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To: TheOldLady

“I’m pleased at not being distracted from his message by bad grammar as is the case with so many other writers and speakers.”

And this is what the morons who post on all these fora on the Internet don’t understand. They get so mad when their poor spelling/grammar/punctuation is pointed out, and ironically complain that one should be paying attention to the point of the (bad) post!


26 posted on 08/04/2009 1:25:46 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Well, posters aren’t professionals. Sometimes we misspell words like gubmint and obambi and zer0 to make a point. Sometimes getting one’s thoughts out quickly precludes care about proofreading or being correct. And there are plenty of people with good thoughts and ideas who hated English class (teacher’s fault) and just don’t know how to construct the sentences of their thoughts. That’s not important. We usually know what they mean. And you’re right. They do get very insulted from being embarrassed. I tried PMing one, but she was very nasty back to me. I gave up.

No, I’m talking about newspapers and pundits and bloggers and others who should have editors and who should not rely totally on spell check.

It’s an odd day, reading my daily newspaper, when I don’t find an unintelligible or unintentionally humorous article title or a story that doesn’t make sense because of the syntax of the writer. Hubby and I laugh over it, but it still distracts from the story.


27 posted on 08/04/2009 1:44:59 PM PDT by TheOldLady (I hate Freepathons! PLEASE DONATE NOW! Get it over with!)
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To: wjcsux

Mine.


28 posted on 08/04/2009 6:27:13 PM PDT by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan

Thomas Sowell gives us great quotes for taglines. Nice one.


29 posted on 08/04/2009 10:26:24 PM PDT by wjcsux ("If you cannot tolerate imperfections, be prepared to kiss your freedom goodbye," Thomas Sowell)
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To: TheOldLady

I agree totally. I came of age just as we were getting word processors. And yes, as a youngster/teen I used to read political and historical magazines and many historical-type books, especially.

I swear since PCs took over, everyone - including those who publish - has become illiterate. You are absolutely correct about all the errors in “learned” journalistic publications. When I was a teen, I NEVER stumbled over so many errors as I do now.


30 posted on 08/05/2009 6:45:33 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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