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Sowell: Shepherds and Sheep
Creators Syndicate ^ | February 26, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 02/25/2013 10:50:28 AM PST by jazusamo

John Stuart Mill's classic essay "On Liberty" gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people's decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing "that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging."

Professor Sunstein is undoubtedly correct that "people make a lot of mistakes." Most of us can look back over our own lives and see many mistakes, including some that were very damaging.

What Cass Sunstein does not tell us is what sort of creatures, other than people, are going to override our mistaken decisions for us. That is the key flaw in the theory and agenda of the left.

Implicit in the wide range of efforts on the left to get government to take over more of our decisions for us is the assumption that there is some superior class of people who are either wiser or nobler than the rest of us.

Yes, we all make mistakes. But do governments not make bigger and more catastrophic mistakes?

Think about the First World War, from which nations on both sides ended up worse off than before, after an unprecedented carnage that killed substantial fractions of whole younger generations and left millions starving amid the rubble of war.

Think about the Holocaust, and about other government slaughters of even more millions of innocent men, women and children under Communist governments in the Soviet Union and China.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: intellectualelite; leftism; liberalism; nannystate; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 02/25/2013 10:50:33 AM PST by jazusamo
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2 posted on 02/25/2013 10:52:11 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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3 posted on 02/25/2013 10:53:34 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

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4 posted on 02/25/2013 10:57:17 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo
Back in the 1930s, for example, totalitarianism was considered to be "the wave of the future" by much of the intelligentsia, not only in the totalitarian countries themselves but in democratic nations as well.

Sadly, that was prophetic.

Ours is a totalitarian nation in all but name.

5 posted on 02/25/2013 11:01:09 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (They say "Right Wing" but they mean "Wrong Wing"!)
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To: jazusamo

“Shepherds may change, but sheep remain sheep.” —Count de Lorca, The Adventures of Don Juan


6 posted on 02/25/2013 11:01:38 AM PST by onedoug
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To: jazusamo
Ronald Maximus Reagan: The Nine Most Terrifying Words

"I'm from the government ... and I'm here to help."

7 posted on 02/25/2013 11:02:53 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: jazusamo

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8 posted on 02/25/2013 11:05:13 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: jazusamo

As we expect with Dr. Sowell, he gets right to the heart of why liberalism is so dangerous ... they want to make our decisions for us so we do not make mistakes, but they never consider their decisions to be wrong-headed, even as they mount a pile of their own mistakes in trying to cancel the wisdom of the Constitution. ... in so many words


9 posted on 02/25/2013 11:06:22 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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10 posted on 02/25/2013 11:07:41 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom

http://youtu.be/rmfs_QM0OIA

I co-produced this video, it’s had over 21K views in five days. It starts in the Katyn Forest, and moves to Ayers and Obama and the Bitter Clingers.

Cass Sunstein would enjoy it about as much as the devil would like to shower in Holy Water.


11 posted on 02/25/2013 11:16:48 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
Saw your video - found it sickening. You can take that as a compliment.

Regards,

12 posted on 02/25/2013 11:18:58 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

It’s sure not meant to be comforting.

“Somehow,” Hollywood has “missed” the socialist democides of the 20th century, (except for the national socialist version under Hitler).


13 posted on 02/25/2013 11:20:56 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Powerful, well done and most certainly true.

Thanks for linking and hope it goes viral.


14 posted on 02/25/2013 11:35:23 AM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Catastrophic problems develop when the reins of the state are placed in the hands of an incompetent, immoral impostor, and the direction he goes is one of his own choosing and not that of the aggregated wisdom of the people; who furthermore will not release those reins when he is found to be wrong and incapable of accepting correction.


15 posted on 02/25/2013 11:36:05 AM PST by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society -- but dangerous for the fool --)
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To: jazusamo

The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism is a non-fiction book written by the economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek and edited by William Warren Bartley.

The book attempts to conclusively refute all forms of Socialism by demonstrating that socialist theories are not only logically incorrect but that the premises they use to form their arguments are incorrect as well. To Hayek the birth of civilization is due to the start of societal traditions placing importance on private property leading to expansion, trade, and eventually the modern capitalist system, also known as the extended order.[1] Socialists are wrong because they disregard the fact that modern civilization naturally evolved and was not planned. Additionally, since modern civilization and all of its customs and traditions naturally led to the current order and are needed for its continuance, any fundamental change to the system that tries to control it is doomed to fail since it would be impossible or unsustainable in modern civilization. Price signals are the only means of enabling each economic decision maker to communicate tacit knowledge or dispersed knowledge to each other, in order to solve the economic calculation problem.

Try it out for yourself!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fatal-Conceit-Socialism-Collected/dp/0226320669


16 posted on 02/25/2013 11:57:03 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: jazusamo
One of the key differences between mistakes that we make in our own lives and mistakes made by governments is that bad consequences force us to correct our own mistakes. But government officials cannot admit to making a mistake without jeopardizing their whole careers.

Dr. Sowell is THE man!! The biggest point he seems to have missed in this discussion (and, it is EXTREMELY rare that he misses anything!) is that individuals eventually learn from their mistakes. Governments, being comprised of arrogant politicians and bureaucrats, never do!!

17 posted on 02/25/2013 12:03:09 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: DustyMoment

You’re absolutely right. Government and the people running it keep repeating the same mistakes.

I’m surprised Dr. Sowell didn’t include that because he’s made that exact point countless times.


18 posted on 02/25/2013 12:09:29 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Glenn Beck has called this guy, Cass Sunstein, one of the most dangerous men in America today. I tend to agree from what I’ve seen about him.


19 posted on 02/25/2013 12:17:21 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: jazusamo; DustyMoment
One of the key differences between mistakes that we make in our own lives and mistakes made by governments is that bad consequences force us to correct our own mistakes. But government officials cannot admit to making a mistake without jeopardizing their whole careers.

You didn't see the above sentence?

20 posted on 02/25/2013 12:31:47 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: jazusamo

Good points again by Dr. Sowell! We should never cede totalitarian power to the Leviathan.


21 posted on 02/25/2013 12:35:48 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: DustyMoment

You’re correct, he didn’t miss it but I sure did:)


22 posted on 02/25/2013 1:04:40 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: DeFault User

Post 22 was to you. I’m really messed up:)


23 posted on 02/25/2013 1:05:59 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: DeFault User; jazusamo
You didn't see the above sentence?

Yes, I saw it as I am sure jazusamo did. However, that sentence addresses only WORDS, NOT actions. When we LEARN from our mistakes and correct them, we take action. When we admit (or don't admit, as the case may be) our mistakes, it is only words.

Example: "Yes, your honor, I was driving drunk 2 nights ago when I was arrested." Those are words. "Yes, your honor, I was here last week on a different drunk driving charge." That's a failure to learn from the mistake and that is government!

24 posted on 02/25/2013 1:09:41 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Travis McGee

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25 posted on 02/25/2013 1:28:07 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Travis McGee

Hey, T. McGee... can you make your video available to mobile? All I’ve got these days is my phone for getting online. Thanks.

D. C. Wright


26 posted on 02/25/2013 5:16:57 PM PST by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: dcwusmc

We tried to jigger the settings for phones, but couldn’t make it work.


27 posted on 02/25/2013 8:52:38 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Ok. Maybe when I get a tablet I can make it work...


28 posted on 02/26/2013 9:33:40 AM PST by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: alexander_busek

Ain’t irony wonderful?


29 posted on 02/26/2013 3:45:44 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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