Thomas Sowel Quotes

Race is used as a sorting device for decision-makers, even by people who are not racists. -- P. 172

No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.

The more highly competitive the market for labor and for the employer‘s products, the higher the cost paid for discrimination and consequently the less leeway the employer has for indulging his prejudices without risking his own profits and ultimately the financial survival of the business. On the other hand, enterprises not subject to the full stress of a competitive market- monopolies, non-profit enterprises, government agencies- have greater leeway. -- P. 74

mathematics, is that many students are confident incompetents, whether discussing social issues, world events, or other subjects. -- P. 5

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

For much of the media- and often even in academia- it is sufficient to find inter-group differences in outcomes to conclude that there has been discrimination. This happens, however, only when the conclusion fits existing preconceptions. -- P. 184

institutions, laws, and policies to get those prices paid by somebody else. For society as a whole, there is no somebody else. Yet few of those in politics seem prepared to face that fact. Economists may say that there is no such thing as a free lunch but politicians get elected by promising free lunches. -- P. 93

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

-clearly neither racial discrimination nor racial inferiority can explain similar differences between whites in the North and the South in earlier centuries. This should at least raise questions about such explanations when applied to blacks of a later era who inherited the culture of white Southerners. -- P. 25

The Soviet Union did not lack resources, but was in fact one of the most richly endowed nations on earth. What it lacked was an efficient economic system that made efficient use of scarce resources. -- P. 12

The anointed do not simply happen to have a distain for the public. Such distain is an integral part of their vision, for the central feature of that vision is preemption of the decisions of others. -- P. 124

Another and very different kind of bias is based on favoritism for one‘s own group, which may exist independently of any belief, presumption, or bias about inferior abilities in other groups. -- P. 166

Both journalistic anecdotes and scholarly studies often show vast amounts of money being transferred to Third World governments without producing any significant economic growth and, in some cases, there are actual declines in real incomes in the wake of grandiose projects financed by foreign aid. -- P. 211

For history to contribute to human understanding, its own integrity as history must be respected...A search of the past for group image-enhancement cannot be called history either, nor can a record of the past purged of whatever may be currently embarrassing or whatever is vetoed by contemporary group spokesmen, for whatever reason. -- P. 251

That outside interests should see 40 million school children as a captive audience to be exploited is not so difficult to comprehend as the fact that educators themselves are not merely acquiescent, but are often enthusiastic apostles of these innumerable non- academic courses and programs. -- P. 32

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

-numerous empirical studies by economists over the past few decades have repeatedly concluded that minimum wage laws have their most devastating impact on black teenagers. -- P. 87

Africa itself used large numbers of slaves in all sorts of agricultural, domestic, military, and even commercial and governmental enterprises. -- P. 188

As is common with accrediting organizations, all the things cited as factors in the American Bar Association‘s accreditation decisions are inputs into the educational process, rather than the outputs of qualified graduates. -- P. 99

-moral equivalence- whatever form it takes- is moral self-exaltation. -- P. 137