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Monday, January 05, 2004

Another Sowell Gem
Thomas Sowell writes another excellent article comparing the two earthquakes in California and Iran. The contrast is stark - tens of thousands dead vs. less than 5 dead. "Why the difference? In one word, wealth." Sowell continues,

Those who disdain wealth as crass materialism need to understand that wealth is one of the biggest life-saving factors in the world. As an economist in India has pointed out, "95 percent of deaths from natural hazards occur in poor countries."

Those who preen themselves on their "compassion" for the poor, and who disdain wealth, are being inconsistent, if not hypocritical. Wealth is the only thing that can prevent poverty. However, if you are not trying to prevent poverty but to exploit it for political purposes, that is another story.

He goes to attack the multi-culti mantra, "one culture is just as good as another."

It is just as good to lose tens of thousands of lives as not to? What hogwash! It is just as good to lack modern medicine, modern transportation, and modern industry as it is to have them? Who is kidding whom?

You the man, Tom!

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