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Thomas Sowell says systemic racism ‘has no meaning;’ warns 2020 election could be ‘point of no return’

BlazeTV host Mark Levin asked National Humanities Medal-winning scholar Thomas Sowell about systemic racism, and the famed economist said the term has no definitive meaning.

“You hear this phrase, ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression.’ You hear it on our college campuses,” Mark Levin told Sowell in Sunday night’s episode of Fox News‘ “Life Liberty & Levin.” You hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars. What does that mean? And whatever it means, is it true?”

“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,” Sowell responded. “It does remind me of the propaganda tactics of Joseph Goebbels during the age of the Nazis, which he supposed to have said, ‘People will believe any lie if it is repeated long enough and loud enough.'”

“It’s one of many words that I don’t think even the people who use it have any clear idea what they’re saying,” Sowell explained. “Their purpose served is to have other people cave in.”

“They’re absolute hypocrites,” Levin said of leftists. “They claim they want equality for all. They claim that there’ll be the withering away of the … police departments … and yet every time you look at a Marxist state, it is an authoritarian, top-down, centralized police state.”

In an interview from Levin’s radio show from June 29, 2020, Sowell also discussed systemic racism.

“I have no idea what they mean, and I’m not sure they have any idea what they mean, in the sense that you can ask them a factual question and get a factual answer,” Sowell told Levin last month.

“For example, one of the things I came across in writing a previous book was the poverty rate between blacks and whites,” Sowell said. “And, if I remember the numbers correctly, something like 22% of blacks were in poverty, 11% of whites were in poverty. Which, ‘Well, that shows the racism.'”

Sowell found that the poverty rate among black married couples was 7.5%.

“In other words, black married couples not only have a lower poverty rate than blacks as a whole, they have a lower poverty rate than whites as a whole,” Sowell said.

During Sunday’s “Life Liberty & Levin” interview, Sowell talked about how important the 2020 election is. Levin said that the 2020 election is one of the most important in history, and Sowell acknowledged how crucial it is.

“If the election goes to [Joe] Biden, there’s a good chance that the Democrats will control [Congress] and considering the kinds of things that they’re proposing, that could well be the point of no return for this country,” the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow stated.

Sowell, who has written 56 books, released his latest book titled “Charter Schools and Their Enemies” last month.

You can watch more of Mark Levin on BlazeTV.


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Sweden Is NOT Using Authoritarian Controls & Economic Shutdowns To Fight the Pandemic

Sweden is perhaps the only country that is not demolishing it’s people’s means of making a living in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  Their approach is much different, and they are still thriving while we are all suffering in what could very well be the beginning of another Great Depression.

Sweden has not closed its borders or its schools; neither has it closed non-essential businesses or banned gatherings of more than two people. Their economy is still going strong, and people can still eat regularly.  While the rest of the world, including the United States, imposes severe totalitarian restrictions on people’s lives and remove their source of income, Sweden is taking a more relaxed approach in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to CNBC.

The Public Health Agency’s lead epidemiologist, and a key figure in Sweden’s national response to the coronavirus, is Anders Tegnell. He told CNBC that although his country’s strategy to tackle the virus was different, the aim was the same.

“My view is that basically all European countries are trying to do the same thing — we’re trying to slow down the spread as much as possible to keep healthcare and society working … and we have shown some different methods to slow down the spread,” he told CNBC Monday.

Sweden is relying on the public to adopt voluntary controls, such as staying home when sick, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Their people are still enjoying life because of it too, and there’s little panic and economic stress to the public.  This approach should have been the one all countries adopted, considering the virus will spread and no one can be locked down for months without harsh repercussions.

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“Sweden has gone mostly for voluntary measures because that’s how we’re used to working,” Tegnell added. “And we have a long tradition that it works rather well.” He said the agency had explained to the population why social distancing was needed, “and so far, it’s been working reasonably well.”

Sweden is proving that totalitarian measures and the destruction of people’s livelihoods is not necessary to combat the spread of the virus. “The incline (in infection and death rates) in Sweden is less steep than in many countries and that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve,” Tegnell said, adding that opinion polls showed the Swedish public was overall in favor of the agency’s approach.

Life in Sweden appears normal compared to the rest of the planet. Massive amounts of fear are not needed to fight the virus. “Besides the obvious social media influences, I think if they would have enforced harsher initiatives like other countries there would have been more panic,” said Tom, an Englishman who works in construction in Stockholm.

And, it bears mentioning, that if everyone in the U.S. could still earn an income, more could be donated to help those who do get sick.  “Being both an expat and an educator at a secondary school in Stockholm, I feel conflicted,” Erik, a teacher at school in Stockholm, told CNBC Sunday. “I still need to go into work, on a crowded bus, to teach my students who are advised to keep coming into school. We are all set up for distant learning, but secondary schools are not closing any time soon,” he said.

He added that some colleagues were brushing off concerns about coronavirus saying, “It’s just the flu, I’m more worried about the start of the pollen season.”

Sweden’s economy won’t escape completely unscathed, because the governments around the globe crashed their own economies to slow the spread of the virus.  However, they are in a much better place to be able to handle this in the long run than the rest of the Western world.

As Thomas Sowell said, “there are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.” It appears that those in Sweden are about the only ones who currently understand this.

 

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Sweden Is NOT Using Authoritarian Controls & Economic Shutdowns To Fight the Pandemic

Sweden is perhaps the only country that is not demolishing it’s people’s means of making a living in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  Their approach is much different, and they are still thriving while we are all suffering in what could very well be the beginning of another Great Depression.

Sweden has not closed its borders or its schools; neither has it closed non-essential businesses or banned gatherings of more than two people. Their economy is still going strong, and people can still eat regularly.  While the rest of the world, including the United States, imposes severe totalitarian restrictions on people’s lives and remove their source of income, Sweden is taking a more relaxed approach in response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to CNBC.

The Public Health Agency’s lead epidemiologist, and a key figure in Sweden’s national response to the coronavirus, is Anders Tegnell. He told CNBC that although his country’s strategy to tackle the virus was different, the aim was the same.

“My view is that basically all European countries are trying to do the same thing — we’re trying to slow down the spread as much as possible to keep healthcare and society working … and we have shown some different methods to slow down the spread,” he told CNBC Monday.

Sweden is relying on the public to adopt voluntary controls, such as staying home when sick, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Their people are still enjoying life because of it too, and there’s little panic and economic stress to the public.  This approach should have been the one all countries adopted, considering the virus will spread and no one can be locked down for months without harsh repercussions.

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“Sweden has gone mostly for voluntary measures because that’s how we’re used to working,” Tegnell added. “And we have a long tradition that it works rather well.” He said the agency had explained to the population why social distancing was needed, “and so far, it’s been working reasonably well.”

Sweden is proving that totalitarian measures and the destruction of people’s livelihoods is not necessary to combat the spread of the virus. “The incline (in infection and death rates) in Sweden is less steep than in many countries and that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve,” Tegnell said, adding that opinion polls showed the Swedish public was overall in favor of the agency’s approach.

Life in Sweden appears normal compared to the rest of the planet. Massive amounts of fear are not needed to fight the virus. “Besides the obvious social media influences, I think if they would have enforced harsher initiatives like other countries there would have been more panic,” said Tom, an Englishman who works in construction in Stockholm.

And, it bears mentioning, that if everyone in the U.S. could still earn an income, more could be donated to help those who do get sick.  “Being both an expat and an educator at a secondary school in Stockholm, I feel conflicted,” Erik, a teacher at school in Stockholm, told CNBC Sunday. “I still need to go into work, on a crowded bus, to teach my students who are advised to keep coming into school. We are all set up for distant learning, but secondary schools are not closing any time soon,” he said.

He added that some colleagues were brushing off concerns about coronavirus saying, “It’s just the flu, I’m more worried about the start of the pollen season.”

Sweden’s economy won’t escape completely unscathed, because the governments around the globe crashed their own economies to slow the spread of the virus.  However, they are in a much better place to be able to handle this in the long run than the rest of the Western world.

As Thomas Sowell said, “there are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.” It appears that those in Sweden are about the only ones who currently understand this.

 

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GOP Senator: China Should “Pay Damages” For The Coronavirus

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A GOP senator is saying that the Chinese government should pay the United States government for “damages” caused by the coronavirus.

But the sad truth is, the U.S. response and the governors of individual states have already done far more damage to the country than this virus could ever have hoped. Yes, people have lost their lives because they were infected, but far more are going to lose their lives to suicide or worse as their livelihoods have now vanished in the wake of shutting down the entire economy.  The future death toll from the fallout of the shutting down the economy will dwarf whatever the actual deaths from this virus will be and that’s the real tragedy. As Thomas Sowell said, “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

The text of Senator Josh Hawley’s resolution, which was introduced with a companion resolution in the House from Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, calls for the United States and other nations to “design a mechanism for delivering compensation” for the coronavirus outbreak. The resolution does not specify how much money the Chinese government should pay.

It can also be guaranteed that the Americans who lost businesses thanks to the government’s tyrannical and authoritarian overreaction won’t see one penny of the compensation, and that’s IF the government can even force China to somehow pay. Hawley says China should pay though because they lied to the entire world about where the coronavirus came from.

“The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) was aware of the reality of the virus as early as December but ordered laboratories to destroy samples and forced doctors to keep silent. It is time for an international investigation into the role their cover-up played in the spread of this devastating pandemic. The CCP must be held to account for what the world is now suffering,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced the “No CHINA Act,” legislation that would ensure no money appropriated by Congress in fiscal 2020, including relief funds used to prop up American businesses reeling from quarantine orders, goes toward supporting China.

Hawley, Gaetz, and other lawmakers have criticized the Chinese Communist Party for stifling whistleblowers and for not responding more quickly and transparently when it first learned about the highly contagious, flu-like disease late last year. President Trump has repeatedly referred to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” placing blame for its spread on China, where the coronavirus is widely believed to have originated.

In recent weeks, Chinese officials have accused the U.S. military of planting the virus in Wuhan, China, which has earned stern rebukes from U.S. officials. –Washington Examiner

U.S. markets have plummeted since the start of the outbreak, and businesses have been shut down across the country to stop to spread of the virus. An official at the Federal Reserve estimated that unemployment in the U.S. could hit 30% because of the United States government’s response to the pandemic.  Some businesses that have closed will never reopen.  A large portion of our society has lost their livelihood and their standard of living is about to tank because of it. That isn’t the fault of the Chinese government, but the U.S. government.

Toilet paper is slowly showing up at online retailers, however, most areas are still reporting shortages at their local brick and mortar stores. Begin to prepare now for an economic crisis, because it’s going to be difficult to avoid one at this point. You can stock up on toilet paper to prevent from running out when the masses panic next time as well. Another good suggestion is the bidet.  Save your toilet paper to barter with.

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Back To Work By End Of March? Kudlow Pushes To Reopen Economy In Non-“Hot-Zones”

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

As Bob Luddy writes in The Spectator, “America has no choice [but to reopen for business soon] if it is to avoid total disaster…”

China and Russia are open for business and working at close to capacity, as America shutters most businesses and industries in states such as Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In many cases only select manufacturing companies are allowed to operate, which means most manufacturers will be short of parts and services necessary to produce goods.

Our leaders are creating an economic crisis and a major national security risk with limited data. The cure is far worse than any perceived impact by COVID-19. Our economy is both fragile and interdependent, an economic reality not understood by our leaders as they order mass closings of many states’ business and industry.

Thomas Sowell wrote, “There are no solutions. There are only tradeoffs.” Sowell was informing us that wise and sound judgments are imperative during any crisis.

An opinion piece by John P. A. Ioannidis, professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at Stanford University, is headlined, “A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data.”

This season the flu has killed 22,000 Americans versus 388 dead from COVID-19. This the hard data available. There has been no national discussion about the flu but complete panic on the coronavirus.

The restaurant industry, which is the largest employer in America, is closed in most states. Now we will begin to witness the industries that support restaurants and hotels begin to shutter.

Marriott Corporate in Bethesda, Maryland, has furloughed 66 percent of its employees and cut the pay of the remaining employees by 20 percent. Such actions by major employers will have a devastating impact on the U.S. economy.

The Big Three automakers and their suppliers are closed, which means hundreds of thousands of workers are laid off and at home. This will quickly lead to more layoffs and many small business failures. There is no amount of government money that can make up for an economy closed and workers staying home.

We all know that food and supplies are critical to families. Most individuals assume these products and services will be available. But as we have witnessed, when demand exceeds supply and businesses are shuttered, supply runs out.

Supply of goods and services is quickly becoming a more important national issue than the COVID-19 panic. The virus will not adversely impact most Americans, but they will sustain substantial financial losses and at some point supplies will run out.

Schools can shut down, and sick people should stay home, along with older or at-risk individuals, until the panic subsides, but the healthy must be allowed to work.

Every family, state, city, and business can make the best decisions during this crisis, but we cannot have simplistic top-down mandates.

We are quickly moving toward a supply problem. Just-in-time inventory means we make products as needed. If the producers are closed, we run out of goods quickly.

Wiring $3,000 to most Americans may seem like a solution, but unless we have a supply of the goods families need, the money will not help. The best way for families to have income is for America to be open for business and not risk shortages and civil unrest. It is noteworthy that liquor, ammo, and guns sales are robust.

The federal government has no money and is $23 trillion in debt. Now Congress contemplates a $2 trillion economic bailout, which is pushing the limits of how much Congress can borrow and will eventually create a major financial meltdown. The solution is a robust economy producing goods, services, and financial stability.

All healthy Americans who want to work must be allowed to return to work no later than March 30. This common-sense approach will allow new production and for the healthy to support those in need.

I urge our President Trump to speak to Americans from a Midwest manufacturing plant, away from the Swamp, and appeal to all governors and Americans to overcome their fears and take reasonable precautions, but allow America to open for business by March 30.

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And it seems Luddy’s cries (among many others) have been heard as White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow tells Fox Business that the Trump administration will take a look around the end of this week at areas of the economy that may be safe enough to reopen.

Kudlow said that, in consultation with health experts, the administration would look at where it’s possible to open places that aren’t “hot zones” in order to expand business reach, adding that “a declining economy is unhealthy.”

“There’s no question we have to think seriously. I would say, after the 15-day period is over, which I guess ends after this weekend, we will take another look at targeting areas that are safe enough,” Kudlow told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney.

“A lot of people in business and finance, small business people too, that’s very important, have called us and talked to us to see if we could liberalize and perhaps target more and stop as many shutdowns as we have,” Kudlow said.

That doesn’t mean we’re going to leave social distancing, that doesn’t mean we’re going to walk away from the mitigating advice that we’ve received from our health specialists. It just means we’re going to take a slightly different look at this.”

“We’ve just got to make sure our businesses stay alive as much as possible”

Kudlow said Trump is interested in doing “something in the next couple of weeks.”

Watch the full interview here.

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