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Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Many of those in the so-called “helping professions” are helping people to be irresponsible and dependent on others.

The old adage about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish has been updated by a reader: Give a man a fish and he will ask for tartar sauce and french fries! Moreover, some politician who wants his vote will declare all these things to be among his “basic rights.”

Thanksgiving may be our most old-fashioned holiday. Gratitude itself seems out of date at a time when so many people feel “entitled” to whatever they get – and indignant that they didn’t get more.

Envy plus rhetoric equals “social justice.”

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

While it is true that you learn with age, the down side is that what you learn is often what a damn fool you were before.

It is amazing how many people seem to think that the government exists to turn their prejudices into laws.

Much of what are called “social problems” consists of the fact that intellectuals have theories that do not fit the real world. From this they conclude that it is the real world which is wrong and needs changing.

A recently reprinted memoir by Frederick Douglass has footnotes explaining what words like “arraigned,” “curried” and “exculpate” meant, and explaining who Job was. In other words, this man who was born a slave and never went to school educated himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today’s expensively under-educated generation.

We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.

From The Thomas Sowell Reader

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