Panama Papers

“The outrage that greeted the Mossack Fonseca revelations (actually, rather few so far) seems to me to partake more of joyous spite and hatred of the rich than of any real desire to improve the world, the latter being a much weaker emotion than the former. If the rich could be deprived of their wealth, even if no one else benefited thereby, I think many people would want it.”

Theodore Dalrymple

Inequality

“Inequality is too often seen as something that results from defects in society that can be fixed by a more robust economy, more active social programmes, or better schools. It is just not so.”

Charles Murray

“It’s Not Fair”

“For the infantile moaners, it’s always about manufacturing outrage over ‘unfairness,’ but never about acknowledging the instances that disprove bias. The Oregon standoff could end in a government-perpetrated massacre tomorrow, and leftists would still maintain that the white occupiers were treated preferentially because they weren’t immolated on day one. This is the main reason to ignore the career complainers who whine endlessly about ‘it’s not fair.’ Nothing will ever satisfy them, no action will ever appease them. So it’s not worth trying.”

David Cole

Inequality in America’s State Schools

“Last Saturday marked the 60-year anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that desegregated America’s public schools.

Again and again, we still hear the unscientific mantra that the only difference is ‘skin color.’ When we are told that ‘African Americans were underrepresented by 48 percent in gifted education,’ the implication is that this is solely due to white racism rather than a natural dearth of gifted black students.

After 60 years, is it still accurate to call it ‘prejudice’? Forget about ‘separate but equal’—maybe what many Americans have learned over the past few generations is that even if you force everyone into the same classroom, they’re still going to be unequal.”

Taki’s Magazine