Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them."

-Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993

1 comment:

Ed Darrell said...

Sowell? He's been cheering for exactly that sort of "sounds good instead of what works" stuff for 40 years that I've known him.

Was it Henry Ford who said sometimes people run smash into the truth, but they get up and dust themselves off as if nothing had happened?