I don't mind saying that this column represents a grossly understated review of "Discrimination and Disparities," just published by my longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. In less than 200 pages, Sowell lays waste to myth after myth not only in the United States but around the globe.
One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, "It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." Nobel laureate Friedrich August von Hayek admonished, "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." The fact that we have gross ignorance about how the world operates is ignored by the know-it-all elites who seek to control our lives. Let's look at a few examples of the world's complexity.
On my way to the public library, hoping to borrow some books and miss the busy period for the tykes’ storytime, sipping some iced tap water to swallow my daily meds (which I’m confident are safe), driving on the state highway and county roads, stopping at the municipal traffic controls, I muse about the letter my friend, Michael Curtis, wrote asking that the government get off his back, quoting a Thomas Sowell (B.A. Harvard, magna cum laude; M.A. Columbia; Ph.d. University of Chicago; employment: Cornell, UCLA, Stanford) epigram mocking both socialism and intellectuals.
Expand your horizons
The Michael Curtis letter (TGI, July 24) titled “Socialism is a bad idea,” was based on what? A quote from Thomas Sowell? Or possibly the unmentioned Venezuela? That’s a narrow view if these are the only considerations.
I wonder what the Democratic Socialist countries of Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Belgium, Ireland and Australia would think about that statement. Perhaps Mr. Curtis could expand his horizons and find out.
Socialism is a bad idea
Gary and I agree again.
“At the end of the day, and more importantly at the end of an election cycle, what matters are the impacts of the actions and decisions that are made, not the motivation or intent behind them.” — Gary Hooser (TGI, July 19).
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” — Thomas Sowell
We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year certainly is no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.
One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Similar to many other politically successful lies, it contains just enough of the truth to fool the gullible.
Even in this age of runaway emotions, there still are some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called "The War on Cops," the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald.
Few, if any, of the most fashionable notions about the police, minorities and the criminal justice system can withstand an examination of hard facts. Yet, those fashionable notions continue to dominate discussions in...
The violence about way more than guns While I usually disagree with columnist Thomas Sowell's specious arguments, his argument about the fallacy of gun control is mostly correct in that if you look across all nations, there is no real correlation of violence and crime and gun laws.
I have to laugh at his omission, though -- what does correlate is poor public education, poor mental health system, huge inequity in income, lack of a middle class and lack of...
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