"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birthday Today - Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell, the great economist and -- for lack of a better way of saying it -- purveyor of common sense, turns 81 today.   His books and articles are an ongoing recipe book for thinking and writing clearly.  My favorites include A Conflict of Visions, The Vision of the Anointed, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, and Intellectuals and Society, all of which take different tacks toward diagnosing and deconstructing the "intellectual" hubris of modern liberalism.

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