For some reason, some libertarians like Thomas Sowell. Many fiscal conservatives like him. To me, he is a statist.
Sowell has some decent views on certain aspects of the free market. He is a good writer when he knows what he is talking about. Some of his writings on economics are decent, although even here he falls very short sometimes. He seems to have little to say about central banking.
I have written about Sowell before. I called him a moron. I don’t really like name calling because it is usually unproductive and unpersuasive. With that said, it is really irritating that someone can seem to be so articulate about certain aspects of the free market, yet fail to see some of the simplest things and be a complete statist.
Sowell is a war hawk. He is mostly a Republican apologist. He might have had a few minor criticisms of George W. Bush. He supported Newt Gingrich for president (that should be enough said about him). He couldn’t seem to find anything nice to say about Ron Paul when he was running for president.
Now Sowell has written an article about measles, vaccines, and autism. I will quote the final paragraph in his piece:
“Some say the decision to vaccinate or not should be the parents’ choice. That would be fine if their child would live isolated from other children. But that is impossible.”
In other words, Sowell wants to force you to stick needles into your child. If you don’t obey Sowell, then he wants the police to come and kidnap your children away from you. If you resist, then you yourself will be kidnapped or shot and killed.
I hope if Sowell ever gets a cold that he never leaves his house. Maybe the police should force him to stay there. After all, we wouldn’t want him infecting anyone. There is always that possibility.
Of course, I am not the first to point out that if the vaccines are so great, then why are people worried about unvaccinated people. Wouldn’t it just be the unvaccinated people that would have to worry?
And what about people who receive the vaccine? There is shedding, where the virus can actually spread.
If young babies and people with cancer (weakened immune system) aren’t supposed to be vaccinated, then why is a particular age for an older baby or young toddler all of a sudden risk free?
Sowell says that there is hysteria over a faulty study that linked autism to vaccines. Sowell says there are better studies out there, presumably by government officials and government-paid scientists.
Sowell says that the doctor who wrote the study linking autism and vaccines (he is probably referring to Andrew Wakefield), had his license revoked. In Sowell’s eyes, this strengthens his case because the government-run bureaucracy revoked the doctor’s license. Sowell, as we know, trusts the state and all of its licenses and those who issue them.
Sowell says that the main reason for the increase in autism is because they have changed the definition. I know the guy is over 80 years old, but does he have to spout off like an ignorant fool? Can he just open his eyes to reality? I have seen people argue that the increase in autism is related to other factors, which is fine, but for him to argue that there is no significant increase in autism in today’s world is just plain ridiculous.
Almost everything in Sowell’s article is completely wrong or based on wrong assumptions. All of his “evidence” is based on trusting the state. And he, of course, demands using the violence of the state to stick dozens of needles into each young child in America.
But the topper for me that shows his absolute ignorance is when he says that lawyers were suing pharmaceutical companies because they had a vested interest. Yes, the lawyers have a vested interest in winning their cases. They have probably made many millions in total.
This somehow doesn’t compare to the many billions (in case you are reading this Sowell, billions is more than millions) that pharmaceutical companies have made pushing these vaccines. The pharmaceutical companies are in bed with the FDA and various politicians. But if they make a profit, I guess it is just free market capitalism at work.
Thomas Sowell is a complete statist. I can’t understand why any libertarian would like the guy. He is pro war, pro government spying, pro central banking, and he wants to force every parent to vaccinate according to his opinions. It is understandable why he supported Newt Gingrich so much.