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Undoing the Brainwashing (Dr. Sowell recommends books)
Creatots Syndicate ^ | May 21, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 05/20/2013 10:54:37 AM PDT by jazusamo

This time of year, as college students return home for the summer, many parents may notice how many politically correct ideas they have acquired on campus. Some of those parents may wonder how they can undo some of the brainwashing that has become so common in what are supposed to be institutions of higher learning.

The strategy used by General Douglas MacArthur so successfully in the Pacific during World War II can be useful in this very different kind of battle. General MacArthur won his victories while minimizing his casualties — something that is also desirable in clashes of ideas within the family.

Instead of fighting the Japanese for every island stronghold as the Americans advanced toward Japan, MacArthur sent his troops into battle for only those islands that were strategically crucial. In the same spirit, parents who want to bring their brainwashed offspring back to reality need not try to combat every crazy idea they picked up from their politically correct professors. Just demolishing a few crucial beliefs, and exposing what nonsense they are, can deal a blow to the general credibility of the professorial pied pipers.

For example, if the student has been led to join the crusade for more gun control, and thinks that the reason the British have lower murder rates than Americans have is because the Brits have tighter gun control laws, just give him or her a copy of the book "Guns and Violence" by Joyce Lee Malcolm.

As the facts in that book demolish the gun control propaganda fed to students by their professors, that can create a healthy skepticism about other professorial propaganda.

There are other books that can likewise demolish other politically correct beliefs that prevail on campuses. My own recent book, "Intellectuals and Race," has innumerable documented facts that expose...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: books; indoctrination; pc; sowell; thomassowell; thomassowellbooks
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1 posted on 05/20/2013 10:54:37 AM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 05/20/2013 10:55:44 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

B U M P


3 posted on 05/20/2013 10:57:14 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: jazusamo

I recommend putting them out of business with a superior alternative.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 10:57:47 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: jazusamo

My college freshman daughter wouldn’t read any book I gave her.


5 posted on 05/20/2013 10:58:33 AM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: jazusamo

I will be so sorry when Sowell retires.


6 posted on 05/20/2013 10:59:58 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: mbarker12474

And WHO is paying for her college? You? Make her work and see how conservative she will become.


7 posted on 05/20/2013 11:00:34 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: jazusamo
Sowell BTT. I am delighted to boast that I have read two of the four. I think, though, that I'd add a couple of his own books to that list: Knowledge and Decisions and Compassion vs. Guilt.
8 posted on 05/20/2013 11:02:06 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: from occupied ga

Why would he retire from writing columns?

We’ll, someday, read a column he didn’t finish...


9 posted on 05/20/2013 11:06:44 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Billthedrill

Two “fundamentals” that you have to read first -

A Conflict of Visions
and
Basic Economics


10 posted on 05/20/2013 11:07:34 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: jazusamo

Better yet, have your children read the books before they go to college. Perhaps require book reports in exchange for a driver’s license ...


11 posted on 05/20/2013 11:08:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

12 posted on 05/20/2013 11:08:27 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: MrB; Billthedrill
I think Knowledge and Decisions, one of Dr. Sowell's early books, was reworked as The Vision of the Anointed.
13 posted on 05/20/2013 11:09:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Wonderful idea!

At the very least, one should read the book, as well, and then give the daughter a test on it with the understanding that if she can’t answer questions correctly, she will be required to find a part-time job to help pay for the next semester or leave college.

I have a sister who went to Harvard—she voted Benghazi Hussein Obama TWICE; PROOF that these are indoctrination centers.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 11:10:27 AM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Tax-chick

Amen, excellent way to give them a head start.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 11:10:48 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Tax-chick; MrB
I'll add his Marxism to the mix. I guess he'd consider it vain to recommend all his books himself, so I will. LOL!
16 posted on 05/20/2013 11:19:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: jazusamo

Personally, I am happy with this. Realistically, if a person doesn’t want to learn, has no desire to better themselves, has no interest in another point of view, then it doesn’t matter. Doesn’t hurt anything though, and it always helps to improve your own personal knowledge.


17 posted on 05/20/2013 11:23:40 AM PDT by vpintheak (We are the chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: Billthedrill

College students already study “practical Marxism”!


18 posted on 05/20/2013 11:26:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: Mortrey

http://www.hslda.org

19 posted on 05/20/2013 11:28:32 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: MrB
retire = euphemism
20 posted on 05/20/2013 11:29:28 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: jazusamo

This has been going on for some time.

My childhood friend spent ONE semester at UMass Amhearst in 1970. She came home a dedicated marxist, a member of the SDS(forerunner of the Weathermen) and chose to leave her parents home to live in a hippie pad on Beacon Hill with two other girls and a drug dealer.

I seriously doubt the value of a College education.

Maybe parents should just stop feeding the beast.


21 posted on 05/20/2013 11:31:01 AM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: from occupied ga

Sowell hasn’t overtly stated his faith,
but no one without a firm biblical foundation
and the requisite indwelling of the holy spirit

could have such a firm grasp on what is true and what is not.

So, I believe when we no longer hear from Tom,
he’ll have GRADUATED!


22 posted on 05/20/2013 11:34:04 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: left that other site

Very sad...I remember the SDS and that era well. We had two toddlers and were trying to get ahead, the college students and hippies (dopers) were raising h*** from coast to coast. Many of those turkeys were and still are teaching in colleges, they’re a huge reason for the current problems.


23 posted on 05/20/2013 11:42:40 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: from occupied ga

I also. Logical,smart, and experienced. O wait he’s black.
Completely missing the information.
I would welcome him to my home and would just shut my mouth and take notes.


24 posted on 05/20/2013 11:43:40 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: jazusamo

“Not the sports page. Not a magazine but a book...”


25 posted on 05/20/2013 11:58:55 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: jazusamo; All
Thanks for posting! Sowell's advice always hits the mark.

Assuming that failing educational institutions have taught them to read, then putting into their hands easy-to-read, pithy books and statements just might penetrate their minds and cause them to question what their government tells them.

While they may not perceive it at the present time, their choice now is between individual freedom and slavery to government--a tyrannical form of slavery.

The formula structured by the Constitution of the United States and laid out in its philosophical foundations--as asserted in the 1776 Declaration of Independence from an overly-powerful government administered by King George III--were explained by America's Founders.

Their writings and speeches, as well as the wisdom writings from previous defenders of liberty, are available online.

THE FEDERALIST, that collection of 85 essays explaining the Constitution's provisions and protections, now can be read in every home and school as a means of enlightening a public which has become too willing to yield their Creator-endowed liberty to a collection of would-be tyrants who call themselves "progressives," but are, in fact, taking American citizens back to the bondage from which their ancestors fled in other parts of the world.

Several years ago, a business man by the name of James R. Evans, in his book, "America's Choice: Twilight's Last Gleaming or Dawn's Early Light," suggested 7 simple principles which every citizen could benefit from considering as they watch the so-called "progressives" attempt to enslave them through legislation and Executive Orders.

"1. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, individual freedom and creativity?

"2. Does this legislation or idea increase, or decrease, the power of some citizens over other citizens?

"3. Does this legislation or idea recognize that the persons who will exercise the power are themselves imperfect human beings?

"4. Does this legislation or idea recognize that government is incapable of creating wealth?

"5. Does this legislation or idea authorize taking from some what belongs to them, and giving it to others to whom it does not belong?
If 'thou shalt not steal' is a valid commandment, can we assume that it is meant to apply only to individuals and not to government (which is made up of individuals), even if those persons in power pass laws which sanction such redistribution of the wealth of others?'

"6. Does this legislation or idea encourage, or discourage, the very highest level of morality and responsibility from the individual?
. . .when government makes actions 'legal' by some citizens at the expense of other citizens, the result may be behavior which would not be considered possible by individuals acting alone.

"7. Does this legislation or idea propose that the 'government' do something which the individual cannot do without committing a crime?"**

**7 principles drawn from James R. Evans book, "America's Choice," and reprinted in a Stedman Corporation (Asheboro, NC) booklet entitled "I'm Only One, What Can I Do?"

The simplicity of these questions and of the core message of the following words by some of America's Founders might jar some citizens into a recognition of what "progressives" and this Administration are doing to the future of liberty for their posterity:

"...nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." - John Adams

"This was a favorable moment to shut and bar the door against paper money." [This statement referred to a proposed provision in Article I, Section 8, that would have read 'and emit bills of credit (paper money) of the United States,' which the Founders rejected by an overwhelming vote.] - James Madison- Notes of the Federal Convention 1787

"...there have always been those who wish to enlarge the powers of the General Government. There is but one safe rule...confine (it) within the sphere of its appropriate duties. It has no power to raise a revenue or impose taxes except for the purposes enumerated in the Constitution....Every attempt to exercise power beyond these limits should be promptly and firmly opposed." - Andrew Jackson's Valedictory

"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate...the minds of the people...to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future...it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views...." - Jefferson's Bill for the more general diffusion of knowledge for Virginia

"Although all men are born free, slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant--they have been cheated; asleep--they have been surprised; divided--the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?...the people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it....It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently free." - James Madison

"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety." - Thomas Jefferson-First Inaugural Statement of Principles of Good Government


26 posted on 05/20/2013 12:07:24 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: jazusamo

Have your kids ask “What jobs did you work at before becoming a professor?” If the reply is in the negative, tell ‘em don’t believe anything they say as they have never lived in the real world.

I took a Poly Sci class with a professor, who among other jobs, worked as a deckhand in the Merchant Marine. Knew his stuff and had the class in the palm of his hand.


27 posted on 05/20/2013 12:07:41 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Tax-chick
Perhaps require book reports in exchange for a driver’s license ...

My father, God rest his soul, required a book report on The Naked Communist before he allowed me to go see Doctor Zhivago back in the 1960s. I wasn't always as conservative as I am now, but that simple exercise largely prevented me from being brainwashed by any college professors

28 posted on 05/20/2013 12:15:49 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: loveliberty2

BUMP...Good post!


29 posted on 05/20/2013 12:16:54 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Indeed.

Even convicted terrorists like William Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn hold exalted positions in academia as we speak!


30 posted on 05/20/2013 12:32:11 PM PDT by left that other site ((Ban the ubiquitous and deadly solvent, Di-hydrogen monoxide!!!))
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To: jazusamo

It is indeed a national tragedy that this man couldn’t have been the first African-American President.


31 posted on 05/20/2013 1:29:08 PM PDT by Marathoner (Impeach Obama, Holder, Big Sis, and throw in IL Gov Quinn for good measure)
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To: jazusamo

Good and timely post. Thanks.


32 posted on 05/20/2013 1:34:50 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: jazusamo
"...the propaganda of today can become the government policies of tomorrow."

And aren't we living this situation right now...

That's a great list of suggested reading for anyone who has children about to graduate high school or in college.

Thanks again, Dr. Sowell, and you too, Jaz!

33 posted on 05/20/2013 1:41:04 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: jazusamo

P.S. I love the link, “Creatots Syndicate” Sounds like a toy manufacturer employing toddlers.

Hey, it could work! [giggles]


34 posted on 05/20/2013 1:42:47 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: jazusamo
I looked up "The New Leviathan." on Amazon, and there are three of them:

The New Leviathan: Or Man, Society, Civilization and Barbarism by R. G. Collingwood and David Boucher

The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century by Roger Kimball

The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America's Future by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin

Any one know which one the good Doctor meant?

35 posted on 05/20/2013 2:01:33 PM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: from occupied ga

I will be too. There are few to take his place.

Ben Carson might be Sowell’s heir-apparent in a sense.


36 posted on 05/20/2013 2:05:43 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: verga
Sounds like this one:

The New Leviathan: The State Versus the Individual in the 21st Century by Roger Kimball

37 posted on 05/20/2013 2:10:13 PM PDT by x
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To: TheOldLady

LOL! I didn’t even notice it. As you can tell typing is not my thing, my hunt and peck method often fails me. ;-)


38 posted on 05/20/2013 2:14:08 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Vigilanteman

My 16-year-old has to read “Basic Economics” and “Applied Economics” this summer. That will teach him more about Econ than 90% of the population. All the kids are gun-nuts already, but I wish something would persuade them that they want to get jobs!


39 posted on 05/20/2013 2:27:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: jazusamo

You’re a good sport, dear. [smiles]


40 posted on 05/20/2013 2:45:51 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: AlanGreenSpam

ever since I heard Carson shoot his mouth off in favor of gun control on “hopkins 24/7” about ten yers ago I haven’t trusted the man, He may have had a change of heart, but who knows.


41 posted on 05/20/2013 3:34:47 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Vigilanteman
Good anecdote.
In the same time frame, late 50s - early mid - 60s, I was of an impressionable age.
The tack my Father used was to simply leave books such as the one you mention, along with other "colorful" conservative books laying where he knew I would see them. As I was a determined devourer of any book I could fins it was certain that I would, at the very least, skim through the contents.
It always seemed that somehow, the topics of the book would come up in conversation. A reference; a direct quote; an analogy to a point made, somehow this would insure that I understood what the book was about - or that I would go back and thoroughly 'read it' so I would be able to at least make some sort of sensible discussion of it or its topics.
I learned at an early age the travesty being assigned to persons and groups such as the John Birch Society and the true issues raised by Sen. McCarthy and how the media can manipulate public opinion.

Lessons learned early - processing of info based on set principles.
42 posted on 05/20/2013 4:08:27 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: jazusamo

bump


43 posted on 05/20/2013 4:19:04 PM PDT by June2
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To: Tax-chick
That will teach him more about Econ than 90% of the population.

One wouldn't need a very large book to have a more accurate understanding of economics than would be given by many larger tomes. A key is to recognize that the simplest rules of supply and demand are fundamental; more advanced economic theories often try to make it look as though those rules don't apply, but the rules still hold.

Another thing to bear in mind is that unlike matter and energy, real wealth can be created and destroyed, but it's a lot easier to create imaginary wealth than real wealth. It's possible for real wealth to be created by things like stock markets, if they cause resources to be allocated to more valuable uses than would otherwise be the case. On the other hand, unless one can look at a sequence of paper transactions and see where it improved the efficiency of resource allocation, odds are very good that any "wealth" it created was imaginary. During an economic boom, people destroy real wealth for the purpose of producing a larger quantity of imaginary wealth. The crash that follows doesn't destroy wealth--rather, it brings the needless destruction of wealth to a halt. Attempts to delay a crash don't protect real wealth; rather, they increase the amount of wealth that will get destroyed.

While some people claim government spending is good for the economy, that's wrong. Much of the money the government takes in the form of taxes, and nearly all of the money it borrows, represents wealth that would otherwise have been used for the purpose of generating more wealth. This is especially true when the government tries to "tax the rich"; such taxes tend to fall on those who direct a larger-than-average portion of their wealth toward productive enterprises (those who engage in such behavior are more likely to become rich than those who do not). Consequently, government spending largely serves to destroy wealth.

Finally, a few parting observations:

  1. Once I was a liberal who believed that the rules of supply and demand say what happens without government intervention. Since then I've come to realize that they say what happens, period.
  2. Government policies almost always have side-effects, which are often contrary to the stated purposes of the policies; in many cases, these side effects will exacerbate the problems the policies claim to "solve". Politicians claim the side-effects represent unforeseeable circumstances which justify expanding the effects of their policies. In reality, the side-effects of many policies are exactly what the rules of supply and demand would predict, but politicians somehow think their policies are supposed to be exempt.
  3. Taxing something will cause society to produce less of it, and subsidizing something will cause society to produce more. Policies which tax wealth and subsidize poverty will cause society to produce wealth and more poverty.
Understanding economics may require reading more than could fit on a single page, but a small leaflet could contain more truth than is found in many larger economic texts.
44 posted on 05/20/2013 4:20:29 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: supercat
During an economic boom, people destroy real wealth for the purpose of producing a larger quantity of imaginary wealth. The crash that follows doesn't destroy wealth--rather, it brings the needless destruction of wealth to a halt. Attempts to delay a crash don't protect real wealth; rather, they increase the amount of wealth that will get destroyed.

Excellent!

45 posted on 05/20/2013 4:28:56 PM PDT by Tax-chick (They will hate it, but I don't care.)
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To: Tax-chick
Excellent!

Glad you like that observation. A related one [expressed in terms I've not seen elsewhere]: in a properly-functioning market, rising prices wave red flags which sane buyers regard as a signal to slow down. In a boom, the red flags are interpreted by bulls as a signal to charge ahead, causing prices to rise further (thus causing the bulls to charge ahead still faster) until they've chased everybody else out of the market.

Suppose there's a need for at most 10,000 whizbangs, and they could be produced in that quantity for $100 each. The maximum total value for any quantity of whizbangs would be $1,000,000. If in response to a momentary shortage which caused prices to rise, bulls started buying up whizbangs in the hopes of future price increases, they might manage to push up prices further, and such price increases might in turn cause producers to ramp up whizbang production, perhaps causing suppliers to produce 100,000 whizbangs at a marginal cost of $1,000 each. At some point, however, the price will exceed any value someone could hope to gain from buying a whizbang. At that point, the bulls will have 100,000 whizbangs, that will have been created at a total cost of $100,000,000, but which were never worth more than $1,000,000 altogether. Bulls may think money was lost when the market crashed, but wealth started being dumped down the drain the moment the 10,001st whizbang was produced, with the waste accelerating up until the market crash.

46 posted on 05/20/2013 4:50:13 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: from occupied ga

Sure, that’s a point well-taken but recall Reagan had a change of heart about abortion and Reagan was once a democrap.

So it’s possible that people’s beliefs can evolve in a good direction and one must not necessarily label them as untrustable just because they changed their mind based on more life experience.


47 posted on 05/20/2013 5:07:28 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: AlanGreenSpam

I’d like to hear his current stance on gun control. As you say he might have changed.


48 posted on 05/20/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: jazusamo
For those students who have bought the campus party line on Third World nations, the classic study of that subject is "Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion" by the late P.T. Bauer of the London School of Economics. He made a veritable demolition derby of most of what has been said in politically correct circles about the relationship between rich and poor countries.

For those students who have been conditioned to regard the welfare state as the solution to social problems, there is no book that exposes the actual human consequences of the welfare state more poignantly than "Life at the Bottom" by British physician Theodore Dalrymple. He has worked in both low-income neighborhoods and in prisons, so he has seen it all.

Once again the term 'National Treasure' comes to mind... Thank you Mr. Sowell...

49 posted on 05/20/2013 5:18:42 PM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Tax-chick
Your 16 year old is lucky to have you for a mama. The job thing will kick in soon enough once your kid gets materialistic enough to want something you can't (or won't) afford.

Chick-Fil-A hired all three of my daughters. The oldest ran the whole gauntlet of interviews and training. Daughter #2 got them in abbreviated form. Daughter #3 was just asked when she could start when she came of age. The Mrs. and I did our Friday night dates there where all three were working.

Before we knew it, they had all graduated from high school and we were empty nesters. Chick-Fil-A, of course, wanted them back whenever they were home for the holidays. We still love the place!

50 posted on 05/20/2013 6:36:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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