Thomas Sowell (the only Neo-con I admire) — Fallacies of Race and more

* Slavery not racial.

* Bigger income gap between East / West Europeans, than Black / White Americans.

* Hispanic Household Income > Black Household Income, but Hispanic Individual Income < Black Individual Income. (Hint: Hispanic families are larger.)

* Black families more harmed by welfare than slavery.

* Racism is NOT discrimination.

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The Vulgar Pride of Intellectuals

* “At the heart of the social vision prevalent among contemporary intellectuals is the belief that there are ‘problems’ . . . and ‘solutions’ . . .”

* “There has probably never been an era in history when intellectuals have planed a larger role in history than the era in which we live.”

* “Intellectuals give people who have the handicap of poverty the further handicap of a sense of victimhood.”

* Acknowledging that wealth is created (instead of arguing over its distribution) would devestate intellectuals’ world view.

* “[Although intellectuals pay a lot of attentions to inequality among racial groups], seldom . . . has this attention been directed . . . toward how the less economically successfull . . . might improve themselves by availing themselves of the culture of others around them.”

(For example, Scots embraced English language and culture to their great benefit in the mid 19th century.)

* “Black unemployment rates were lower than that of whites as long ago as 1890.”

* Minimum wage laws have wreaked havoc upon black employment.

* “Sweeping claims for the benefits of . . . diversity in innumerable institutions . . . have prevailed without a speck of evidence being asked for or given.”

* “At the same time you’re getting all this mouthing of diversity, there’s an extremely narrow ideological conformity that’s being enforced.”

* “In Chicago (unlike Harvard), economics was a full contact sport.” (HA!)

* “I was a Marxist when I went into Milton Friedman’s course. I was a Marxist when I came out. . . . [and then] I went to work for the government . . . . I realized other people’s well being would never be the priority of politicians and bureaucrats.”

* “The road to hell is paved with Ivy League degrees.”

* “I love the use [Obama’s] of the word opportunity. You know, I had just as much opportunity as Michael Jordan to become an NBA star. It just so happened that there was some difference in skill.”

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The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative

Liberal premise: There is nothing in human nature that would cause us to be unhappy. It’s the fact that we have the wrong institutions.

Conservative premise: Man is flawed from day one and there are no solutions, only trade offs.

Most liberal ideas can be destroyed by three questions:
1. Compared to what?
2. At what cost?
3. What hard evidence do you have?

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On Occupy Cry Babies

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On Iran

One comment

  1. Gee, this is certainly different than a couple of years ago…

    Did you member that he responds to personal emails?

    He is in his 80’s, send him an email expressing your
    appreciation of his economic analysis. I used to have
    his email address but lost it thru computer crashes.
    But his office at Standford will send it to you… You
    remember where Stanford is, yes?

    Ask him about Milton Friedman…

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