Thomas Sowell gets “unhelpful” [updated]
Given Barack Obama’s improving polling numbers — the result, no doubt, of a backlash against the media for its intense, unfair scrutiny of the President’s overseas trip (particularly, their widespread airing both of Obama’s criticisms of his own countrymen and his deferential bow, in our name, before Saudi royalty) — perhaps Thomas Sowell should do conservatism a favor and just, like, shut his yap for a change:
What does “economic justice” mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?
Liberals seem to think that they are doing lagging groups a favor by making excuses for counterproductive and self-destructive behavior. The poor do not need press agents. They need the truth. No one ever said, “Press agents will make you free.”
Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television.
Please, Mr. Sowell. As a conservative realist I beseech you to keep your criticisms to yourself — especially if you feel compelled to use fraught words like “fascism.”
After all, we can’t expect to win elections if we’re going to alienate the fantasy-writers-who-email-Charles-Johnson vote.
Strategy, Mr. Sowell.
update: About those polls…