By By THOMAS SOWELL Creators Syndicate
It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power
over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does
that lead us?
I am so old that I can remember when sex was private. "Don't ask, don't tell" applied to everybody.
However fascinated the U.S. Supreme Court may be with the concept of "diversity," every one of the nine justices has a degree
from one of the eight Ivy League institutions, out of the thousands of institutions of higher learning in this country. How
diverse is that?
Despite the rhetoric, the goals or the intentions of the political left, the world they seek to create is a world where decisions
are taken out of the hands of ordinary citizens and transferred to third parties. Obamacare is the latest example of this
trend, and can now join the long list of the "compassionate" catastrophes of the left.
It is fascinating to see academics full of indignation over the "exploitation" of low-wage workers by multinational corporations
in Third World countries, when it is common on their own academic campuses to have young men get paid nothing at all for risking
their health, and sometimes their lives, playing football that brings in millions of dollars to the college and often gets
coaches paid higher salaries than the president of the college or university.
I don't happen to like the idea of "stop and frisk." However, I like even less the idea of armed hoodlums going around shooting
people. Those who refuse to see that everything has a cost should be confronted with the question: "How many more young blacks
are you willing to see shot dead, because you don't like 'stop and frisk'?"
If you think human beings are always rational, it becomes impossible to explain at least half of history.
The ancient Greeks understood that carrying any principle to extremes was dangerous. Yet, thousands of years later, some Western
nations take tolerance to the extreme of tolerating intolerance among immigrants to their own societies. Some even make it
illegal - a "hate crime" - to warn against intolerant foreigners who would like nothing better than to slit the throats of
their hosts, but who will settle for planting a few bombs here and there.
How do the clever Beltway Republicans and their consultants explain how Ronald Reagan won two consecutive landslide election
victories, doing the opposite of what they say is the only way for Republicans to win elections?
I don't know why it bothers me when I see a good-looking woman who could be truly beautiful if she only took the trouble.
But I can recall a woman like that who was educated at Berkeley, and who apparently thought attention to her appearance was
not hip. Unfortunately, her husband met another woman, who had not gone to Berkeley, and who did not have this inhibition
- or many other inhibitions.
With his decision declaring Obamacare constitutional, Chief Justice John Roberts turned what F.A. Hayek called "The Road to
Serfdom" into a super highway. The government all but owns us now, and can order us to do pretty much whatever it wants us
Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: "What
is your policy toward foreign students?" My reply was: "To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold
them all to the same standards." The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When
people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.