Dr. Thomas Sowell is a distinguished economist, social theorist and political commentator. He is someone who came up the hard way and one who I find to have good insights to our world. In view of the present electoral chaos in the United States, I think this observation is accurate.
People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.
This could easily explain the complex, near Byzantine explanations of Hillary’s behaviour. The Donald’s behaviour is bizarre. I do not know if that means it is complex because it is too hard to figure out. What to do?
My father has told me that the hard decisions are the ones where there is no course of action you like. I cannot imagine how you vote when, the choices are “not Hillary” and “not the Donald” Perhaps there is magic in the universe still and neither of them will run. Quite probably not all of their policies are lunacy but you have to look.
An American friend recently pointed out that Mr. Trump has historic precedent that he relies on for the idea of a wall. The Chinese built a wall along their border centuries ago and they have never had problems with Mexicans. Makes about as much sense as some of the other ideas.
Perhaps another Sowell thought can provide insight.
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.
And this is where it has lead us.
The American electorate are voting negatively. It would be cause for commitment to an institution if the people voted based on the positive values of either candidate. Voting for “Anybody but _____” is the first step before chaos.
It appears that the Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” is about to be fulfilled.
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