Thomas Sowel Quotes

The case for the political left looks more plausible on the surface but is harder to keep believing in as you become more experienced. -Chapter: "Left Vs. Right"

Efficiency is the difference between having the necessities, comforts and amenities of high income countries and suffering the hunger and deprivations too often found in poor countries. -- P. 117

A segment of today‘s black and white intelligentsia excuses contemporary blacks who distain education as 'acting white' or who abandon their families-both patterns being represented as being a legacy of slavery,' though blacks born under slavery or living immediately after emancipation did not exhibit this pattern to the extent seen today. -- P. 21

Recycling is not categorically justified or unjustified, but is incrementally either worth or not worth the costs...-studies of government-imposed recycling programs in the United States have shown that what they salvage is usually worth less than the cost of salvaging it. -- P. 14 - 15

Equal opportunity' laws and policies require that individuals be judged on their qualifications as individuals, without regard to race, sex, age, etc. 'Affirmative action' requires that they be judged with regard to such group membership, receiving preferential or compensatory treatment in some cases to achieve a more proportional 'representation' in various institutions and occupations. -- P. 38

Letters from teachers continue to confirm the incompetence which they deny. A teacher in Montana says that my criticisms of teachers are "nieve." No, that wasn't a typographical error. He spelled it that way twice.

Social reformers, seeking to unsort people who have sorted themselves, often assume that housing segregation patterns will endure indefinitely, through inertia, without outside intervention. History and logic undermine that belief. -- P. 106

One of the many differences between human beings and God on Judgment Day is that God does not have to worry about what is going to happen the day after Judgment Day. -- P. 22

In traditional terms, what preferential policies create is a playing field tilting in favor of those whose performance on a level playing field would be inadequate. -- P. 163

A slave in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century cost thirty times what he cost on the coast of Africa. American slave-owners were very reluctant to lose this kind of investment- so much so that they often hired Irish immigrants to do work considered too dangerous for slaves. -- P. 160

For businesses in general, whether large or small, the availability of other people‘s money is often crucial. Without property rights, lenders are reluctant to lend to people who do not have the cash to pay then back- and whose homes or other assets are not recognized as theirs by the legal system, and therefore cannot be used as collateral that can be foreclosed and transferred to the lender in case of default. -- P. 202

What is called 'capitalism' might more accurately be called consumerism. It is the consumers who call the tune, and those capitalists who want to remain capitalists have to learn to dance to it. -- P. 122

In the west, racism was promoted by slavery, rather than vice versa. -- P. 195

morality, or courage...This there are no 'solutions' in the tragic vision, but only trade- offs that still leave many desires unfulfilled and much unhappiness in the world. -- P. 113

Even though educators consider themselves to be thinking people,' there is a remarkable absence of substantive arguments in their response to critics. These responses include evading the specifics of the criticisms and arbitrarily attributing Utopian beliefs to critics. -- P. 249

forced to walk across the vast, burning sands of the Sahara, was twice as high...It has been estimated that, for every slave to reach Cairo alive, ten died on the way...A special danger to men and boys was castration, to produce the eunuchs widely used in Islamic countries for work in the harems...An estimated ninety percent of the men or boys died from the operation -- P. 154 - 155

In 2001, for example, there were more than 16,000 Asian American students who scored above 700 on the mathematics SAT, while fewer than 700 black students scored that high- even though blacks outnumbered Asian Americans several times over. This cannot be explained away by poverty, racism, or innate inferiority. -- P. 226

Despite such favoritism and scandal , most top-level (division I-A) football and basketball players do not graduate...Then, when the student‘s eligibility eventually runs out, he finds himself out on the street with no skills, no degree, and perhaps no character. -- P. 243 - 244

It as if Darwinism stood on its head, with the unfittest being the most likely to survive as public school teachers. -- P. 26

The 'futility of war' is an exhilarating set of sounds rather than a serious statement to be tested seriously against facts. -- P. 112