Jučer je posljednju svoju kolumnu, sjajnu kao i uvijek, napisao sada već 86-godišnji Thomas Sowell, suvremena ikona klasičnog liberalizma i američkog konzervativizma, te jedan od najvećih živućih svjetskih ekonomista i najutjecajnijih anti-ljevičarskih autora svih vremena.
Naravno, u Hrvatskoj je malo tko uopće čuo za ovog genija vrlo impresivne biografije, pošto se do Hrvata slabo filtriraju saznanja o svijetu koja ne dolaze iz socijalističke perspektive. Ovdje je nažalost puno popularniji jedan njegov imenjak (Piketty), te njegov intelektualni prethodnik Karl Marx, što se lako očituje i u stanju domaćeg gospodarstva.
Nadamo se da će gospodin Sowell uživati u ostatku života, kao što smo i mi uživali u njegovim fantastičnim tekstovima koji će ostati za vječnost. Bilo koja knjiga ili kolumna ovog autora sadrže više mudrosti nego sva piskaranja i laprdanja svih ljevičara ikada u povijesti, tako da, ako je netko zainteresiran za čitanje, s bilo kojim izborom ne može pogriješiti.
Stil pisanja (i predavanja) je vrlo razumljiv i pristupačan, a autorova logika i jasno argumentiran pristup opovrgavanju ljevičarskih mitova i laži su besprijekorni. Upravo ta jednostavnost, jasnoća i preciznost zaslužne su za preobraćenje ogromnog broja ljudi s koketiranja s ljevičarskim idejama ka korištenju zdravog razuma.
Neki od meni najdražih citata legendarnog autora:
“Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric.”
“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
“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.”
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”
“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”
“I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”
“Since this is an era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?”
“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”
“Mystical references to society and its programs to help may warm the hearts of the gullible but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.”
“Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”
“What ‘multiculturalism’ boils down to is that you can praise any culture in the world except Western culture – and you cannot blame any culture in the world except Western culture.”
“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.”
“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”
“Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who want to expand government.”
“People who pride themselves on their ‘complexity’ and deride others for being ‘simplistic’ should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.”
“Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.”
“No matter how much people on the left talk about compassion, they have no compassion for the taxpayers.”
“It doesn’t matter how smart you are unless you stop and think.”