Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: Thomas Sowell on Underdogs

One of the problems with trying to help underdogs, especially with government programs, is that they and everyone else start to think of them as underdogs, focusing on their problems rather than their opportunities. Thinking of themselves as underdogs can also dissipate their energies in resentments of others, rather than spending that energy making the most of their own possibilities.

~Thomas Sowell

6 Comments:

At 9/22/2009 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to keep our focus on top dogs. If we focus on top dogs, the dog feed will trickle down and help the underdogs. If we keep the underdogs less well fed, they will have an incentive to become a top dog.

Just don't tell the ASPCA about your plan.

 
At 9/22/2009 11:20 AM, Blogger Doug said...

And, of course, focusing on the underdogs creates a pretty good incentive to BE an underdog.

 
At 9/22/2009 12:31 PM, Anonymous GregL said...

So lets stop helping the Jews vs the Arabs?

Some altruistic cats are just the right thing to do.

 
At 9/22/2009 1:24 PM, Blogger 1 said...

"So lets stop helping the Jews vs the Arabs?"...

What?!?!

Is that you Jimmy Carter?

Did you miss this part? A leading historian of education has said that the New York City public schools were the best in the country during the 1940s. That was when I went to school there. That was enough piece of sheer good luck that came my way. Today the classes are smaller, the buildings more modern-- but the education itself is a disaster. I got the kind of education that people have to go to expensive private schools to get today...

 
At 9/23/2009 3:54 AM, Blogger randian said...

Don't forget that the underdog isn't always right. Sometimes the overdog deserves to win, because it's the right and just result.

 
At 9/24/2009 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome Quote! -Zach

 

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