Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thomas Sowell on Empathy

Please stand for this month's reading from The Gospel According To Saint Thomas....

Economist Thomas Sowell, the smartest man in the world now that Milton Friedman is dead, has examined Obama's desire to appoint a new supreme court justice who has "empathy" with certain groups, and declared that it is a dangerous concept:

Would you want to go into court to appear before a judge with "empathy" for groups A, B and C, if you were a member of groups X, Y or Z? Nothing could be further from the rule of law. That would be bad news, even in a traffic court, much less in a court that has the last word on your rights under the Constitution of the United States.
Appoint enough Supreme Court justices with "empathy" for particular groups and you would have, for all practical purposes, repealed the 14th Amendment, which guarantees "equal protection of the laws" for all Americans.
We would have entered a strange new world, where everybody is equal but some are more equal than others. The very idea of the rule of law would become meaningless when it is replaced by the empathies of judges.

Agreed. The man has spoken.

Thus endeth this week's reading from The Gospel According To Saint Thomas.

You may be seated.

Our next scripture reading is from NickM of the Feline Enumerators, who recently stated that:

The state is not about protecting groups. It is certainly not about protecting groups arbitarily (and crudely) defined by our Lords and Masters. If it ought to be about anything it should be about protecting the rights of the individual through the Common Law and nothing else. We emerged from tribalism and through the PC mob we are returning to tribalism....

These two epistles come to us from opposite side of the world, within the same week. This is proof of their divine inspiration.

Please be seated as the choir sings the choral benediction, a John Spivey anthem entitled, "There Ain't No Such Thing As Group Happiness".

You are dismissed.


TarrantLibertyGuy said...

Brothers and sisters, of the sacred non-bleeding heart of St. Thomas of Sowell, please rise and open your hymnals to page 1776 and sing to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas"

"Oh you can say most anything when you describe your group,
Whether baseball team or biker gang or even girl scout troop.
And if you think about it much I'm sure you'd soon confess,
The truth is just there ain't no such thing as group happiness!"

Well, you can be real happy if you name is name is Les or Jim,
But you can never ever be as happy as "all of them"!
But in-di-vid-u-als can be happy, more or Les,
'Cuz we all know there "Ain't no such thing (dramatic pause)

.........as group happiness!!"

AMEN! Please be seated.

(mops sweat from forehead) Now, my flock...I think you've probably heard me say this a multitude of times! YES-uh. And if you're with me when we're around the next person who thinks there can be group happiness - and never thought about it for two seconds, my brothers and sisters... I will have to say it again! YES-uh! and again!! AND AGAIN!! (crowd is praising St. Thomas' name and yelling 'Amen!')

Go now in peace and prosperity.

Anne Cleveland said...

Hi Allen.

I!d be the last person on earth to try and stop you when youre preaching good!!!
Anne Cleveland

Browncoat Libertarian said...

Praise St. Thomas of Sowell and the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Browncoat Libertarian said...

Oh, btw, finally made a couple of post over at my sporadic blog.

Jay@Soob said...

He had me at;
"Would you want to go into court to appear before a judge with "empathy" for groups A, B and C, if you were a member of groups X, Y or Z?"

Any political position (in this case, "judicial empathy with certain groups") that can be completely smashed flat by a single sentence of less than 100 characters is either infantile idealism, populist simpering or general bullshit.