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Sowell: The Left's Vision
Creators Syndicate ^ | November 1, 2016 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/31/2016 2:14:03 PM PDT by jazusamo

The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair.

Have they never read Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," more than two and a half centuries ago? What about economic historian David S. Landes' statement: "The world has never been a level playing field"?

In the joint autobiography of Milton Friedman and his wife Rose, they say: "Everywhere in the world there are gross inequities of income and wealth. They offend most of us. Few can fail to be moved by the contrast between the luxury enjoyed by some and the grinding poverty suffered by others."

Moreover, Professor Friedman left behind a foundation dedicated to promoting school choice, so that disadvantaged children could get a better education for a better chance in life.

What is it that the political left is saying that they think is so new, such a breakthrough and such a necessity for progress? More important, what test of evidence — if any — have they ever subjected their notions to?

No one has presented the social vision of the left more often than Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times — and no one has been more certain that those who do not happen to share his vision "just don't get it," as he has repeatedly declared.

Mr. Kristof's essay "Growing Up Poor in America" in the October 30th New York Times is a classic example of the mindset of the left.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; kristof; leftism; nytimes; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 10/31/2016 2:14:03 PM PDT by jazusamo
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*PING*
Thomas Sowell


2 posted on 10/31/2016 2:16:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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What your children can expect in Hillary’s America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDf7eNVt_pE


3 posted on 10/31/2016 2:28:45 PM PDT by Truth29
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Ben Shapiro: Why Do Jews Vote Leftist?
2.11.2015
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Ben Shapiro takes a clear-eyed look at why American Jews vote with the anti-Israel Left.

TRANSCRIPT:

In 2008, American Jews voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. Even though Obama had spent large segments of his prior life hobnobbing with vicious anti-Semites like Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi, even though he had staffed his campaign with anti-Semites ranging from Zbigniew Brzezinski to Robert Malley, Jews turned out in droves for him. Sarah Silverman harangued young Jews into telling their grandparents that they were racist if they didn’t vote for him; Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama’s designated court Jew – a role he has never relinquished — informed Jews that they were racist if they feared Senator Obama’s positions on Israel.

American Jews voted 78 percent for Obama in 2008.

After he was elected, Obama proceeded to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, force Netanyahu to humiliate himself before thugs like the Turkish government, publicly condemn Israel’s defense of itself during the Gaza war against Hamas while funding the Hamas unity government, repeatedly leak vital national security information that would have allowed Israel to strike Iran, and sign a deal with Iran that essentially foreclosed any possibility of Western attempts to stop Iran from going nuclear.

American Jews voted 69 percent for Obama in 2012.

The question I’m most often asked, thanks to my kippa, is why Jews vote leftist. The answer is simple: the vast majority of Jews don’t care about Judaism or Israel. They care about secular leftism, which is their religion.

The polls show this. American Jews are the least religious religious group in America. Only 41 percent say that their religion is important to them in their daily life, according to a December 2012 Gallup poll; only 34 percent said they attend religious services at least monthly, compared with 65 percent who said they attended religious services seldom or never. 22 percent of Jews say they have no religion. According to an October 2013 Pew poll, just 38 percent of Jews say their Jewish identity has anything to do with Jewish religion at all. Just 10 percent of Jews identify as Orthodox – people who consider themselves fulfilling the commandments of the Torah....

http://www.truthrevolt.org/videos/ben-shapiro-why-jews-vote-leftist


4 posted on 10/31/2016 2:31:42 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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I never understood why so many modern Jews piss on God’s gift of their moral system. The 10 commandments alone make the religion worthy of adhering to.


5 posted on 10/31/2016 2:39:14 PM PDT by akalinin (www.sterlingheightsreport.com)
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They care about secular leftism, which is their religion.

Bump!

6 posted on 10/31/2016 2:42:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

I would rather have written those lines than take Quebec tomorrow.

7 posted on 10/31/2016 2:44:56 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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GO, TRUMP, GO!

Please bump the Freepathon or click above to donate or become a monthly donor!

8 posted on 10/31/2016 2:59:18 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Of such youngsters he says, "as a society, we fail them long before they fail us.”

Whoa! Just when did "society" make the decisions and engage in the actions that have led to this teenager being in the bad situation he is in? And just when did "society" acquire either the omniscience or the omnipotence to prevent it?

When the left says "society" they usually mean government. That is apparently what "society" means in this case, for Kristof laments that this teenager is "the kind of person whom America's presidential candidates just don't talk about.”

SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. - Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

. . . so the American Revolution was about the difference between “society” and “government.” Which is precisely the distinction which “the political left” consistently seeks to abolish, by using the word “society” when they mean nothing other than government.

9 posted on 10/31/2016 3:10:53 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ('Liberalism' is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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Well said, and “the political left” knows full well big government (socialism) has never worked but it deters their goals not in the least.


10 posted on 10/31/2016 3:22:16 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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My mother always told me and still tells me “Life isn’t fair! Get on with it and over it!”


11 posted on 10/31/2016 5:12:26 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460 (How did we get here?)
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“When the left says “society” they usually mean government. That is apparently what “society” means in this case, for Kristof laments that this teenager is “the kind of person whom America’s presidential candidates just don’t talk about.””

Well ond DID talk extensively about it, and blamed the government for causing most of it. Tom, you need to revisit Trump.


12 posted on 11/01/2016 8:16:34 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (My Batting Average( 1,000) since Nov 2014 (GOPe is that easy to read))
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