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Sowell: The Mindset of the Left
Creators Syndicate ^ | July 2, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 07/01/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by jazusamo

When teenage thugs are called "troubled youth" by people on the political left, that tells us more about the mindset of the left than about these young hoodlums.

Seldom is there a speck of evidence that the thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.

Why then the built-in excuse, when juvenile hoodlums are called "troubled youth" and mass murderers are just assumed to be "insane"?

At least as far back as the 18th century, the left has struggled to avoid facing the plain fact of evil — that some people simply choose to do things that they know to be wrong when they do them. Every kind of excuse, from poverty to an unhappy childhood, is used by the left to explain and excuse evil.

All the people who have come out of poverty or unhappy childhoods, or both, and become decent and productive human beings, are ignored. So are the evils committed by people raised in wealth and privilege, including kings, conquerors and slaveowners.

Why has evil been such a hard concept for many on the left to accept? The basic agenda of the left is to change external conditions. But what if the problem is internal? What if the real problem is the cussedness of human beings?

Rousseau denied this in the 18th century and the left has been denying it ever since. Why? Self preservation.

If the things that the left wants to control — institutions and government policy — are not the most important factors in the world's problems, then what role is there for the left?

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; leftism; liberalmindset; liberals; progressives; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 07/01/2013 1:05:04 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 07/01/2013 1:07:22 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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3 posted on 07/01/2013 1:11:11 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
. . . making decent, law-abiding people more vulnerable to evil people.

Pretty much sums up the left's entire reason for existence . . .

4 posted on 07/01/2013 1:11:42 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: jazusamo

From my own experience with family yesterday.

My uncle had to keep an eye on his 17 year old sexually confused son while he went swimming and my brother in law droning on about the destruction republicans have wrought upon Detroit.


5 posted on 07/01/2013 1:13:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

He knows the answer. He gave the non-religious answer in “Conflict of Visions”,

and the real answer is found in Genesis 3.

The humanist worldview is the problem, and it began with the words “you will be as gods knowing good and evil”.


6 posted on 07/01/2013 1:13:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek
my brother in law droning on about the destruction republicans have wrought upon Detroit.

How did the Republicans do that? The Republicans haven’t had control of Detroit for I don’t know how many decades.

7 posted on 07/01/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: cripplecreek

The republicans must have destroyed Detroit by abandoning it to the democrats...


8 posted on 07/01/2013 1:24:05 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep, the older I get the more I really believe liberalism is a mental disorder.


9 posted on 07/01/2013 1:26:59 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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10 posted on 07/01/2013 1:27:30 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

The left has an unquenchable craving to be in control. No solution is good enough for them unless it puts them in charge. If there is no crisis, they will invent one.


11 posted on 07/01/2013 1:28:00 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Pontiac
How did the Republicans do that? The Republicans haven’t had control of Detroit for I don’t know how many decades.

He didn't have an answer. He's chosen his reality and he's sticking to it come hell or high water. Keep in mind that this is a very intelligent 6 figure earner who works right in downtown Detroit. He didn't even know about the disappearance and criminal investigation of city council president Charles Pugh.
12 posted on 07/01/2013 1:28:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

My militant lesbian cousin is starting to make the garden variety liberals seem sane and she’s mad that the family wouldn’t come to her 3 AM wedding in Minneapolis.


13 posted on 07/01/2013 1:32:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

Liberalism

100% wrong every time.


14 posted on 07/01/2013 1:34:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

And damn determined to stay that way at any cost.


15 posted on 07/01/2013 1:40:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I hope the family doesn’t care that she’s mad. She made her “choice”, she doesn’t get decide for everyone else.


16 posted on 07/01/2013 1:41:50 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: cripplecreek

Lesbian wedding at 3 AM?

LOL! That’s a hoot.


17 posted on 07/01/2013 1:43:26 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: cripplecreek

Always.


18 posted on 07/01/2013 1:44:20 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (The RINO/amnesty argument goes like this: 1) If we pander to Hispanics, we will save the GOP, at le)
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To: jazusamo

2 states away as well since most of us live in Michigan.


19 posted on 07/01/2013 1:44:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

The mindset of the left is that production of the individual is the property of the collective (i.e. community) instead of the property of the producer. The elites will determine how to manage and distribute the collective property because they have superior intellect. Of course, they will choose to keep a disproportionate share of the collective property because of the effort required. In reality they produce nothing while sharing in the production of others by seizing it in the name of the collective.

Contrast with the natural state of man. In nature, a man hunts, fishes, or farms for food. If he fails to grow or find food (i.e. produce) he starves. As society advanced, a man could produce tools and other material things desired by other men. The producers of tools, weapons, buildings, and other non food goods would receive food (or its equivalent value in money to be exchanged for food) from the producers of food. For those producing non food items, they ate if the items had value in the marketplace and they starved if the items were not valued by other producers. The individual who chose not to produce anything starved.

The natural order of things was Darwinian in nature. The producers thrived and the non producers starved. The best producers earned more than the other producers and the marginal producers were motivated by fear of starvation to keep producing.

Today liberals have removed the fear of starvation. As a result the non-producers instead of starving and dying are procreating at a faster rate than the producers.

Liberals profess to love nature more than humanity. Should we not then give the non producers the natural choice? Produce and live or don’t produce and die.


20 posted on 07/01/2013 1:49:32 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: jazusamo; little jeremiah
Hey, LJ -- you posted on another thread -- your EXACT WORDS:

Actually, libertarians are much more at home with leftists than with actual conservatives. That’s because they share the social leftists views with leftists. All of them.

So, Little Jeremiah -- please show how and where Thomas Sowell, a self-described libertarian, shares social leftist views with leftists?

21 posted on 07/01/2013 2:00:03 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Soul of the South

Very well stated. Yes!


22 posted on 07/01/2013 2:00:47 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: cripplecreek

If you have no idea what is going on in your city’s political arena it makes it so much easier (in your own mind) to blame the Republicans for everything that is bad happening.


23 posted on 07/01/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: jazusamo

The first sentence says it all


24 posted on 07/01/2013 2:15:53 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jazusamo
Yep, the older I get the more I really believe liberalism is a mental disorder.

I'm with you there. The ideas and ideals put forth by, fervently believed-in by, and forced upon everyone else by "liberals" defy all reason and logic.

Increasingly I cannot see how any sane, rational person could believe the positions taken by the left. It requires a brainwashing, a willful ignorance of facts, a complete disconnect from rationality and reason. Those traits are often associated with various forms of mental disorders.

25 posted on 07/01/2013 3:17:30 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: jazusamo

Crack of Dawn.


26 posted on 07/01/2013 3:18:06 PM PDT by caddie
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To: cripplecreek
Yeah, but cripplecreek, Thomas Sowell is a self-described libertarian.

I thought you said all libertarians were liberals?

27 posted on 07/01/2013 7:30:32 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Show me or admit that you’re a liar.

Pathetic sad little clown.


28 posted on 07/01/2013 7:32:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
My militant lesbian cousin is starting to make the garden variety liberals seem sane and she’s mad that the family wouldn’t come to her 3 AM wedding in Minneapolis.

Ask her why she can't have her wedding at a more decent hour like all the other proper lesbian couples would do.

29 posted on 07/01/2013 10:04:57 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: jazusamo
Almost no one is as succinct as Dr. Sowell when it comes to getting at the root of a problem. I wish more some politicians had his intelligence, insight, directness and courage.
30 posted on 07/02/2013 6:53:08 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: cripplecreek
My militant lesbian cousin is starting to make the garden variety liberals seem sane and she’s mad that the family wouldn’t come to her 3 AM wedding in Minneapolis.

I wouldn't even go to "their" 3 p.m. wedding in my own family!

31 posted on 07/02/2013 11:42:41 AM PDT by beachn4fun (When one is fighting evil, it is never a pretty thing.)
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To: ThunderSleeps; jazusamo

“Yep, the older I get the more I really believe liberalism is a mental disorder.”

That’s what G. K. Chesterton wrote a hundred years ago.


32 posted on 07/04/2013 11:41:42 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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