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Sowell: Words That Replace Thought
Creators Syndicate ^ | May 7, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 05/06/2013 12:07:15 PM PDT by jazusamo

If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, "diversity" should be recognized as the undisputed world champion.

You don't need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.

To ask whether institutions that promote diversity 24/7 end up with better or worse relations between the races than institutions that pay no attention to it is only to get yourself regarded as a bad person. To cite hard evidence that places obsessed with diversity have worse race relations is to risk getting yourself labeled an incorrigible racist. Free thinking is not free.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the government has a "compelling interest" in promoting diversity — apparently more compelling than the 14th Amendment's requirement of "equal protection" of the law for everybody.

How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a "compelling" need?

Conversely, why does India, one of the most diverse nations on Earth, have a record of intergroup intolerance and lethal violence today that is worse than that in the days of our Jim Crow South?

Even to ask such questions is to provoke charges of unworthy tactics, and motives too low to be dignified with an answer. Not that the true believers in diversity could answer anyway.

Among the candidates for runner-up to "diversity" as the top word for making thought obsolete is "fair."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: diversity; quotas; sowell; thomassowell; wordsthoughts

1 posted on 05/06/2013 12:07:15 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 05/06/2013 12:08:20 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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'When I use a word,' Humpty O'Bumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

3 posted on 05/06/2013 12:09:33 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: jazusamo

” How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a “compelling” need? “

Hey Tom, you mean “unity” is our strength, and not “diversity” ?


4 posted on 05/06/2013 12:14:34 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: newheart

I am sadly amused by all the commercials that tell me (and everyone else) that we “DESERVE” their product or service. I first became aware of the “You deserve a break today” commercials for McDonalds. How do they know what I “deserve”? Maybe I deserve a punch in the nose!


5 posted on 05/06/2013 12:39:58 PM PDT by PA BOOKENDS
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To: jazusamo
We are supposed to celebrate diversity by pretending it does not exist.

6 posted on 05/06/2013 12:46:48 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1

“Diversity is an obstacle to be overcome, not a goal to be achieved”

-Ann Coulter


7 posted on 05/06/2013 12:53:01 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: jazusamo
>>The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the government has a "compelling (state) interest" in promoting diversity . . .

That's another term, in this situation for judges, that is designed to relieve them from the burden of thinking. Compelling state interest means a majority of Leftist Blackrobes just punted on the Constitutionality of the decision.

8 posted on 05/06/2013 12:56:05 PM PDT by Jacquerie (How few were left who had seen the republic! - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: PA BOOKENDS
Maybe I deserve a punch in the nose!

You and a lot of other people. ;)

9 posted on 05/06/2013 12:56:20 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

That reminds me of those great old Hawaiian Punch commercials.


10 posted on 05/06/2013 1:01:22 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: jazusamo
Sowell BTT. Most libs I know are more concerned with the E Pluribus than the Unum.

I'll give the Professor another one: sustainable. Oh, goody, it's sustainable. Gotta be sustainable. No good at all if it isn't sustainable. *Sustainable*. SUSTAINABLE!! Like a broken leg that lasts for five years is better than one that's only temporary.

11 posted on 05/06/2013 1:03:19 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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12 posted on 05/06/2013 1:05:38 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Certain enemies of freedom in America have mangled the English language so that it’s becoming unusable for legit debate and discussion.


13 posted on 05/06/2013 1:06:54 PM PDT by Resettozero
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To: PA BOOKENDS
Maybe I deserve a punch in the nose!

I doubt you do. ;-) But I completely agree with your objection. I hate the word "deserve" in advertising. A total appeal to vanity.

14 posted on 05/06/2013 1:12:55 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: Billthedrill

Sustainable is a good addition.

Obummer and thugs have done an outstanding job sustaining an ever increasing debt with much more to come with obummercare coming up. Should this immigration bill pass we’ll be too far gone to recover.


15 posted on 05/06/2013 1:13:25 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

The Balkans have got plenty of diversity.

Hasn’t done them a darned bit of good.


16 posted on 05/06/2013 1:17:53 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: jazusamo

More words that replace thought - “zero tolerance”.

That means that “thought” is explicitly prohibited.


17 posted on 05/06/2013 1:18:59 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Absolutely...Our communist public school system loves “zero tolerance” because the indoctrinated administrators lack thinking ability and common sense.


18 posted on 05/06/2013 1:24:18 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: metesky

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19 posted on 05/06/2013 1:27:08 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: jazusamo

How can the following be a cornerstone of western civilization - German language, German Composer, German Orchestra, and German Conductor?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf_7JdNGTYI

Oh, I get it. Jay-Z at the White House is diversity! Wha’s da bitches and hoes?


20 posted on 05/06/2013 1:32:23 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: jazusamo

Now here’s some real diversity. German Composer, German Language - Korean Orchestra and Korean Conductor? And what about those black outfits, black shoes & white ties? What’s with the uniformity? Where are the tattoos, nipple rings, backward baseball caps and butt-crack revealing trousers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPnkrvtuiMQ

Check out the oboe player at 21:15 and that Korean Baritone coming in at 50:26 in German is simply divine.


21 posted on 05/06/2013 1:58:37 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Resettozero
DoubleSpeak is pretty much all you get from the Left.

George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning, not a blueprint.

22 posted on 05/06/2013 2:51:16 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: jazusamo

Libs/progressives have changed their tune in 100 years time. When they first started rabble-rousing, most of them just wanted everyone to have enough food, shelter, and clothing. Now they insist everyone should have what everyone else has. Asking them to work for what they desire fails to make an impression on them. For progressives, it’s simply not fair that one person has a dollar more than another person. Hence, the phony “wealth gap” argument despite the fact the poor are the fattest group of Americans, and few sleep naked under bridges. It’s never enough for leftists.


23 posted on 05/06/2013 4:10:16 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: jazusamo

I call them “wall words” because they erect a wall that not only stops thinking, but also pretends to be impregnable.

Dr. Sowell can get past those walls and get people to start thinking again.

Thank you for the ping, Jaz.


24 posted on 05/06/2013 6:27:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Well put...Dr. Sowell is not only a great thinker but can stimulate thinking by others with his talent for writing.

Most welcome as always, TOL.


25 posted on 05/06/2013 6:40:50 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Words have very distinct meanings without which true discourse and debate are rendered meaningless.


26 posted on 05/07/2013 5:18:32 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: jazusamo
How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a "compelling" need?

Conversely, why does India, one of the most diverse nations on Earth, have a record of intergroup intolerance and lethal violence today that is worse than that in the days of our Jim Crow South?

People who think - like Sowell - are so much more interesting than people who take on ideas as if they were the 'in' clothes of the season...

27 posted on 05/07/2013 10:59:48 AM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the 33 million illegals home.)
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Amen...He’s so good at coming up with examples that are dead on the mark.


28 posted on 05/07/2013 11:18:30 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

For “relativism” to be able to “deconstruct” all aspects of a civilization and culture, you must mandate “diversity”, especially calling for multiple objects when previously only one existed or was considered before.

No truth, but truths.

Justice for one is now various justice for the many.

As Sowell points out in his books, Rights of the many always trup real individual right.

If you have citizens born or naturalized, you must also have citizens-illegal.

Only when every category is muddled, when every truth is conflicted, when every field is a vile mess, then the annoited (again in Sowell’s works), those that really CARE, come forward to make our choices for us.

The man is a giant.


29 posted on 05/07/2013 11:29:03 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years)
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