“The big challenge to the 21st century is to understand what went wrong in the 20th century.”

“The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”

“People who enjoy freedom have difficult choices to make, but those without freedom have no choices to make.”

“The real minimum wage is zero. Inflation makes it possible to raise the nominal minimum wage, even though real wages are falling.”

“Intellectuals may not like capitalism for many reasons, but the real reason is that they make their living by producing words, and capitalism reduces the importance of words.”

“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.”

“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

“It is amazing how many people think that they can answer an argument by attributing bad motives to those who disagree with them. Using this kind of reasoning, you can believe or not believe anything about anything, without having to bother to deal with facts or logic.”

“The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”

“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore, we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”

“The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough resources. It’s that we don’t use the ones we have in a productive way.”

“There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.”

“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago, and a racist today.”

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

“Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management.”

“The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals’ expansion of the welfare state.”

“In liberal logic, if life is unfair then the answer is to turn more tax money over to politicians.”

“Black people have never been as free as they are today oblivious to the fact that they are not free, because the only kind of freedom that the political left wants to talk about is freedom from economic necessities.”

“The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer’s money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse.”

“The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their Sociology Department.”

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

“The only time you have a constitutional right to something is when the government is about to take it away from you.”

“The problem with trying to equalize is that you usually end up equalizing down.”

“In the absence of the incentives and sanctions of a competitive market, bureaucracies are prone to waste and corruption.”

“The most important decisions made by any society are made by elites.”

“The rise of the welfare state in the 20th century did not help the poor, it helped to promote dependency.”

“Race hustlers and people who see themselves as victims feed off each other.”