Think About This

And take into consideration who wrote it.

“The fact that people sort themselves out in many ways is not usually a big problem—except to those people who cannot feel fulfilled unless they are telling other people what to do. Government programs to unsort people who have sorted themselves out have produced one social disaster after another. The decades-long attempts to mix black and white school children through school busing produced no real educational benefits but much racial polarization and ill will. The same thing continues to be done in colleges in the name of ‘diversity’ —and with the same bad results. Among the most unconscionable attempts to unsort people who have sorted themselves out by behavior are government programs to relocate people into neighborhoods where they could not afford to live without subsidies. Often the people in those neighborhoods have sacrificed for years in order to be able to live where they could raise their children in decent surroundings and not have to live in fear of hoodlums — only to have the government import the bad neighbors and hoodlums they have tried so hard to escape. Blacks as well as whites have objected to having problem people thrust into their midst through housing subsidies or government housing projects being built in their neighborhoods. Almost never do the social experimenters relocate dysfunctional and dangerous people into their own elite neighborhoods. They unsort other people’s neighborhoods and embitter other people’s lives.” — Thomas Sowell

Stop and ask yourself this. Does a government bureaucrat, backed by a remote elite, really know better than you do what is right for you, your family and your neighbors? Didn’t we fight a revolution just because of such an unacceptable situation? Does 50%+1 being swayed by that remote elite really mean that your needs and desires must be trampled?

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  • Windypundit

    Just to nitpick a little, I think Sowell’s example of subsidized housing in better neighborhoods falls under your “big tent” policy.

    With scattered-site housing, the hoodlums will still be hoodlums, but they will be widely scattered and surrounded by ordinary citizens. Also, those who are not hoodlums but merely poor will find themselves immersed in a functional community in which they can learn and prosper. Their children will come into daily contact with busy, productive people instead of gangbangers. If some kid wants to make a few bucks, he will be surrounded by wealthier people needing yard work or snow shoveling, or who run businesses and need to hire someone.

    In most cities, the alternative to scattered-site housing is not free-market housing but giant housing projects. Pack 50000 poor people into a dense pack of housing projects and you create a self-reinforcing pit of poverty with no good examples, nobody needing yard work, no small businesses owners willing to take a chance on a young kid. And the hoodlums will rule it all.