Whenever people talk glibly of a need to achieve educational ‘excellence,’ I think of what an improvement it would be if our public schools could just achieve mediocrity.
One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain.
[W]hether as a crusade or a racket, a confused conception of equality is a formula for never-ending strife that can tear a whole society apart – and has already done so in many countries.
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s memorable ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, is a time for reflections — some inspiring and some painful and ominous. At the core of Dr. King’s speech was his dream of a world in which people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by ‘the content of their character.’
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Barack Obama is one of those people who is often wrong but never in doubt.
The question is not what anybody deserves. The question is who is to take on the God-like role of deciding what everybody else deserves. You can talk about ‘social justice’ all you want. But what death taxes boil down to is letting politicians take money from widows and orphans to pay for goodies that they will hand out to others, in order to buy votes to get re-elected. That is not social justice or any other kind of justice.
It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality.
The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions on others without paying any price themselves. That enables them to act as if there were no price, even when there are ruinous prices — paid by others.
Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them.