Thomas Sowell: As a result of “evolving standards” and “nuanced” judicial decisions, we no longer have clear-cut rights. We have a ticket to a crapshoot in a courtroom. That ticket is worth a lot more to those with slick lawyers than to ordinary citizens.

It is hard to see how people who are opposed to faith-based organizations can support the dogmas of the schools of education or the multiculturalists.

The government forces those who sell pharmaceutical drugs to list the possible side effects, even if only a few people will suffer those side effects. Unfortunately, the government itself never tells us about the bad side effects of the things it prescribes.

I can understand poor people who have to struggle to make ends meet. What I cannot understand are people who have plenty of money but who live so high on the hog that they have to struggle to make ends meet, just as if they were poor.

Everybody is for “fairness” — because we all use the same word to mean very different things. Some of the most confused and counterproductive policies — “fair trade” laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act, for example — have been built upon the shifting sands of fairness.

People used to say, “Ignorance is no excuse.” Today, ignorance is no problem. After all, you have “a right to your own opinion” — and self-esteem to boot.

One of the maddening things about computer programs and computerized products is their making you fight your way through a maze of complications to do simple things.

I never cease to be amazed at how often people throw around the lofty phrase “social justice” without the slightest effort to define it. It cannot be defined because it is an attitude masquerading as a principle.

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