Random thoughts from Thomas Sowell …

Excerpted from “Random Thoughts”, by Thomas Sowell, August 26, 2008

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The reason so many people misunderstand so many issues is not that these issues are so complex, but that people do not want a factual or analytical explanation that leaves them emotionally unsatisfied. They want villains to hate and heroes to cheer– and they don’t want explanations that do not give them that.

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Although you can block unwanted phone calls from commercial sources, you cannot block automated phone calls from politicians, which will be inundating us this election year. 

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One of the problems with successfully dealing with threats is that people start believing that there is no threat. That is where we are, seven years after 9/11, so that reminding people of terrorist dangers can be dismissed as “the politics of fear”.

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There are countries in Europe that would love to have their unemployment rate fall to the 5.7 percent unemployment rate to which ours has risen. Yet those who seem to want us to imitate European economic and social policies never seem to want to consider the actual consequences of those policies.

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Full article:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/random_thoughts_3.html

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