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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 10 of Thomas Sowell’s 1981 volume, Ethnic America: A History:

American pluralism was not an ideal with which people started but an accommodation to which they were eventually driven by the destructive toll of mutual intolerance in a country too large  and diverse for effective dominance by any one segment of the population.  The rich economic opportunities for the country also provided alternative outlets for energies, made fighting over the division of existing material things less important than the expansion of output for all, and rewarded cooperative efforts so well as to make it profitable to overlook many differences.

Gary Becker understood.