Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interesting quote.....

I just finished listening to a podcast featuring noted economist Thomas Sowell, promoting his new book Economic Facts and Fallacies.

Sowell made some great points, so I did a little research on him and returned this quote that while damning, is true:

"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."

We need to find a way to 1) score the impact of social engineering, and following that 2) put to sleep s the social engineering programs that are distructive, 3) erase political incentives for promoting ill-conceived or ill-executed social engineering. (Right now, the political system rewards politicians and candidates that introduce new programs, such as Hillary Clinton's "Baby Bonds" program.)

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