October 3rd, 2017

Thomas Sowell speaks

Here’s an interview with William F. Buckley from 40 years ago, mostly about statistics and discrimination. Well worth watching, as is most of Sowell:

10 Responses to “Thomas Sowell speaks”

  1. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    @ 11:04 “the feminist” enters the conversation and in his response to her first question, Sowell offers school choice as an important corrective for increasing the educational achievements of blacks. The feminist’s objection is that uneducated parents cannot be expected to make better educational choices for their children than can the current system. Sowell responds that history disproves that assumption. He points out that immediately after the civil war only a “minute percentage of blacks” were literate, yet within 50 years 50% of blacks were literate. Proving that uneducated blacks can make good educational decisions for their children.

    I’d bet that a far greater percentage of blacks in the 1860-1900 period perceived education to be of value than do so today. But when educated blacks of that time ran into entrenched institutional and cultural barriers, that argument lost ground.

    Tragically, the civil rights movement and white self-reflection has erased those institutional and cultural barriers, yet the majority of today’s blacks remain entrenched in the belief that America remains racist.

    Until that attitude changes, blacks will continue to reside at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder.

    In “Why The Black Community is Poor!” ‘mynameisJosephine’ sheds some light on the issue, much in keeping with Sowell’s take.

    In “How to Escape the Democrat Plantation (an easy guide).” “Red Pill Black Girl” Candace Owens speaks articulately on black mind’s imprisonment.

  2. Romey Says:

    Thomas Sowell is one of the clearest thinkers of our time, if not all time. He has a way of expressing his thoughts that, if given proper consideration, make more sense that conventional doctrine.

    He is a National Treasure!

  3. Sharon W Says:

    I don’t think there is another human being that I can state that I have never disagreed or taken issue with something he said or wrote. Thomas Sowell stands alone.

  4. stu Says:

    I like to refer to him as Hayek’s successor.

  5. Ymar Sakar Says:

    Black culture is analogous to the white culture promoted by Demoncrats when the slave lords were still in power.

    Same penalty. As is true of all communities that hitch their star to Lucifer’s Own.

  6. n.n Says:

    Red rover, red rover, send Thomas right over.

  7. n.n Says:

    No, wait, that’s not right, is it? Thomas started with our team.

  8. n.n Says:

    re: Thomas started with our team.

    So, we have a strong team, but there is still something missing.

    We need more cowbell.

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    n.n:

    Thomas Sowell is a political changer. Not sure if that’s what you’re referring to, but he actually didn’t “start with the team” in that sense.

    He was a Marxist earlier in his life. Here’s his change experience:

    Sowell has said that he was a Marxist “during the decade of my 20s”; one of his earliest professional publications was a sympathetic examination of Marxist thought vs. Marxist–Leninist practice. His experience working as a federal government intern during the summer of 1960 caused him to reject Marxian economics in favor of free market economic theory. During his work, Sowell discovered an association between the rise of mandated minimum wages for workers in the sugar industry of Puerto Rico and the rise of unemployment in that industry. Studying the patterns led Sowell to theorize that the government employees who administered the minimum wage law cared more about their own jobs than the plight of the poor.

    He wrote about the experience in his memoir, which I’ve read.

  10. GRA Says:

    If I suggested to my social work and law class I bet at least a 1/3 would bust a temple vein.

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