Thomas Sowel Quotes

In countries around the world, discrimination by government has been greater than discrimination by businesses operating in competitive markets. -- P. 143

Where discrimination is distinguished from differences in life chances, the empirical question is whether individuals of similar qualifications have similar prospects of employment, college admission, and other benefits when they come from different groups. Where there are substantial differences in qualifying characteristics among groups, as there often are, the question then becomes: What of those particular individuals who have the same qualifying characteristics as members of other groups? Do they have the same prospects or results? -- P. 180

Among these claims is that laws limiting growth are necessary in order in order to preserve fast disappearing open space from being paved over. But, as noted earlier, only about 5 percent of the land in the United States has been developed. In other words, if every city and town in America doubled in size- which could take generations- that would still leave 90percent of the land undeveloped. -- P. 49

Of the chief executive officers of the 50 largest American corporations surveyed in 2006, only four had Ivy League degrees and just over half graduated from state colleges, or a community college. -- P. 105

Language is thus the epitome of an evolved complex order, with its own systemic characteristics, inner logic, and external social consequences-but without having been deliberately designed by any individual or council. Its rationality is systemic, not individual-an evolved pattern rather than an excogitated blueprint. -- P. 69

-specialists are not solipsists. They are simply aware of the limitations of the human mind, and of the implications of those limitations, as the anointed so often are not. -- P. 205

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it. -- Chapter: What Society Expends?

In short, however politically useful public concern about teenage pregnancy and access to a captive audience in the public schools, the real goal was to change students‘ attitudes- put bluntly, to brainwash them with the vision of the anointed, in order to supplant the values they had been taught at home. -- P. 19

money from donors seeking to support academic programs, but in fact supporting lavish spending on coaches and an athletic empire. -- P. 234

One of the ironic consequences of regarding property rights as simple benefits enjoyed by more fortunate people- rather than as fundamental checks on government power- was that affluent and wealthy communities could now restrict the ability of moderate-income and low-income people to move into their communities. -- P. 32

-evidence is too dangerous- politically, financially and psychologically- for some people to allow it to become a threat to their interests or to their sense of themselves. -- P. 2

Consistently, for decades, those college students who have majored in education have been among the least qualified of all college students, and the professors who taught them have been among the least respected by their colleagues elsewhere in the college or university. -- P. 23

Perhaps the purest example of an argument without an argument is to say that something is 'inevitable'. This is an inherently irrefutable argument, so long as any time remains in the future. -- P. 101

Green (v. County School Board of New Kent County) was in many ways as decisive a case as Brown...-it was a substitution of a very different process- one in which children were to be assigned to schools by race instead of without regard to race. -- P. 68

Someone once said that an idea that fails repeatedly may possibly be wrong... Sincerity of purpose is not the same as honesty of procedure. -- P. 111 / 120

Cultural diffusion is an explanation of large disparities among peoples at a given time- and changing world leadership over time- that is more consistent with history than either genetic or exploitation theories. -- P. 374

What a student can judge is how well the professor conveyed the information in the course- how clearly the material was presented and how interesting it seemed- but what the student is not equipped to judge is what information and conflicting analysis was left out. -- P. 96

Advocates of diversity in a race or gender sense are often quite hostile to ideological diversity, when it includes traditional or 'conservative' values and beliefs. -- P. 95

National and group pride and identity have often been assumed to be positive, if not essential, factors in advancement. Yet some of the most remarkable examples of rapid advancement have come from peoples painfully aware of their own backwardness and ashamed of it. -- P. 341

This (liberal) vision so permeates the media and academia, and has made such major inroads into the religious community, that many grow into adulthood unaware that there is any other way of looking at things, or that evidence might be relevant to checking out the sweeping assumptions of so-called “thinking people”. Many of these “thinking people” could more accurately be characterized as articulate people, as people whose verbal nimbleness can elude both evidence and logic. This can be a fatal talent, when it supplies the crucial insulation from reality behind may historic catastrophes.” — P. 6