Thomas Sowel Quotes

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

-for each particular piece of legislation or any given legal case, the incremental damage done to the Constitution may seem slight. It is only in the aggregate that this pursuit of cosmic justice 'at all costs' becomes a dangerous destruction of the rights that define and defend a free society. -- P. 173

A 1996 study found that four-fifths of all the American millionaires studied earned their fortunes within their own lifetimes. -- P. 53

To believe that their knowledge and understanding are grossly inadequate for what they are attempting- even if everyone else‘s knowledge is also grossly inadequate for such ambitious social engineering- would be to bring their whole world crashing down around them...Utter certainty has long been the hallmark of the anointed. -- P. 204

While, in the late twentieth century, an absolute majority of those black families with no husband present lived in poverty, more than four-fifths of black husband-wife families did not. -- P. 164

If food were categorically more important than music, then we would never reach a point where we were prepared to sacrifice resources that could be used to produce food in order to produce music...A world where food had categorical priority over music would be a world of 300-pound people, whose brief lives would never be brightened by a song or a melody. -- P. 138

While the top ten corporate executives earned an average of $59 million each in 2004, the top ten celebrities earned an average of $119 million each that same year- twice as much. -- P. 141

By ingredients they mean physical ingredients, which are usually inexpensive, rather than the knowledge ingredient which is usually astronomically expensive because of years of research, including much trial and error. -- P. 82

In short, while capitalism has a visible cost-profit-that does not exist under socialism, socialism has an invisible cost-inefficiency-that gets weeded out by losses and bankruptcy in capitalism. The fact that more goods are available more cheaply in a capitalist economy implies that profit is less costly than inefficiency. Put differently, profit is a price paid for efficiency. -- P. 75

The ideas that government intervention improves the situation is a notion which has been repeated innumerable times in many ways, but endless repetition is not a coherent argument, much less proof...It is precisely government intervention in housing markets which has made previously affordable housing unaffordable. -- P. 23

sharp contrast to the French Revolution, which gave sweeping powers, including the power of life and death, to those who spoke in the name of 'the people' -- P. 32

Note that merely killing middleman minorities was not considered sufficient. Gratuitous infliction of both physical and psychic pain has marked violence against the Chinese in Southeast Asia, as well as against the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and the Jews in Europe. This suggests that what their enemies feel is not simply a need to be rid of them but also a need to rid themselves of feelings of inferiority by subjecting middleman minorities to humiliation and dehumanization. -- P. 103

wake of such liberation has seldom provoked serious reconsideration of the whole set of assumptions- the vision- which led to such disasters. -- P. 247

Despite the power of the prevailing vision, some have escaped its gravitational pull. -- P. 6

In the United States, for example, many of the social problems of the contemporary black underclass are almost automatically attributed to 'a legacy of slavery.' The prevalence of fatherless families in the black ghettos, for example, has been widely explained to the lack of legally constituted families under slavery. But if one proceeds beyond plausibility and guilt to actually seek out the facts, an entirely different picture emerges. -- P. 16

Where weak, corrupt and capricious indigenous governments have been supplanted by stronger and more dependable colonial governments, immigration has often increased, even when those who immigrated were never accorded the same rights as the imperial race or even the conquered native population. -- P. 17

Many who have dismissed the anti-slavery words of the founders of the American republic as just rhetoric have not bothered to check the facts of history. Washington, Jefferson, and other founders did not just talk, they acted. -- P. 145

While the pay of such workers is often low by comparison with that of workers in more affluent industrial societies, so too is their productivity. An international consulting firm determined that the average labor productivity in the modern sectors in India is 15 percent of that in the United States. In other words, if you hired an average Indian worker and paid him one-fifth of what you paid an average American worker, it would cost you more to get a given amount of work done in India than in the United States. -- P. 41

There has been a huge accumulation of evidence on the correlation between test scores and subsequent performances, not only for the general population but also for particular racial and ethnic minorities. Repeatedly it has been demonstrated that the standard mental tests do not underestimate the subsequent performance of low scoring minorities. They have in fact a slight tendency to do the opposite-to predict for low scoring minorities a higher subsequent performance than that actually achieved. This pattern has been persistent over time and is international in scope. -- P. 173

-the very need to pass laws to keep slavery from self-destructing piecemeal was further evidence of it economic deficiencies, quite aside from its violations of moral and humanitarian principles. -- P. 67