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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 74 of Thomas Sowell’s 2023 book, Social Justice Fallacies (footnotes deleted):

How much knowledge there is in a given society, and how it is distributed, depends crucially on how knowledge is conceived and defined. When a social justice advocate like Professor John Rawls of Harvard referred to how “society” should “arrange” certain outcomes, he was clearly referring to collective decisions of a kind that government makes, using knowledge available to surrogate decision-makers, more so than the kind of knowledge known and used by individuals in the population at large, when making their own decisions about their own lives. As an old saying expressed it: “A fool can put on his coat better than a wise man can do it for him.”