Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mercy to the Guilty is Cruelty to the Innocent

Anyone that does not read Thomas Sowell's columns should start now.

Christmas-Tree Totalitarians:

If I were rich, I would have a plaque made up, and sent to every judge in America, bearing a statement made by Adam Smith more than two-and-a-half centuries ago: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

Gun-Control Ignorance:

Neither guns nor gun control were the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.  

Yet many of the most zealous advocates of gun-control laws on both sides of the Atlantic have also been advocates of leniency toward criminals.

The Role of 'Educators':

This misuse of schools to undermine one’s own society is not something confined to the United States or even to our own time. It is common in Western countries for educators, the media, and the intelligentsia in general to single out Western civilization for special condemnation for sins that have been common to the human race, in all parts of the world, for thousands of years.  

Meanwhile, all sorts of fictitious virtues are attributed to non-Western societies, and their worst crimes are often passed over in silence, or at least shrugged off by saying some such thing as “Who are we to judge?”

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