Among the world’s most intelligent defenders of liberty are many men who were once liberals in their past. Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell are just a few who come to mind, but just those three alone are a power house that isn’t to be easily trifled with.
Sowell’s story is an interesting one, as he was a Marxist even as he continued his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, a school where economics is a “full contact sport” (in Sowell’s words), and tends to have a rightward ideological bent. He was a student of Friedman (the 1976 Nobel Laureate in economics) while at the university, and even that wasn’t enough to change his mind.
So what did? Taking a job in government for a single summer was enough to convince him that there was no way in hell that government had the ability to accomplish what he thought it could.
He rarely makes television appearances, but he sat down with Fox News a number of years ago to discuss his ideological conversion – and what he sees as the main problem with the Left today.
A particular quote stands out when he’s discussing the difference between the conservative and the liberal mindset: “Liberals are for helping people who are disadvantaged, while I think conservatives want to stop people from being disadvantaged. In other words, liberals want to help the poor while they’re poor, but really the biggest benefit is to stop them from being poor, and that’s something they [liberals] have little interest in.”
Of course, if Democrats helped people not be poor instead gathering votes from the poor by giving them handouts, they wouldn’t have much of a voter base.
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