Economist Thomas Sowell said Tuesday night that the “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry out of Ferguson that has since been adopted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus reminds him of the “big lie” doctrine favored by Adolf Hitler’s propaganda czar, Joseph Goebbels.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity said the idea that Michael Brown had his hands in the air in surrender when he was fatally shot by police was “fiction.” After playing a clip showing CBC members on the House floor Tuesday with their hands raised in the air, Mr. Hannity asked Mr. Sowell, “Why are members of Congress repeating something that they know is not true?”
“Oh, for political reasons,” Mr. Sowell responded. “I thought of Joseph Goebbels’ doctrine: People will believe any lie if it’s repeated often enough and loud enough. They’re repeating it often enough and loud enough. And it will pay off for them personally and politically.
“People who are out to forward their political careers say and do things that have no relationship whatever to reality or to anybody else’s interests but their own,” he added.
The “Basic Economics” author went on to say that he doesn’t believe Ferguson will be able to bounce back quickly after riots tore through the suburb in the months following Michael Brown’s shooting.
“I think what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, it is going to adversely affect blacks yet unborn who will still be paying the price for it 10, 20 years from now because you’re not going to have businesses there that you had before,” Mr. Sowell said. “I’ve seen this happen in other cities. Detroit, is a classic example. Harlem. You run through the whole list of them. A city doesn’t get over this kind of stuff in a few years.”
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