Thomas Sowel Quotes

As far back as 1969, black males who came from homes where there were newspapers, magazines, and library cards had the same incomes as whites from similar homes and with the same number of years of schooling. In the 1970‘s black husband-and-wife families outside the South earned as much as white husband-and-wife families outside the South. By 1981, for the country as a whole, black husband-and-wife families where both were college educated and both working earned slightly more than white families of the same description. -- P. 57

-the simple formula of hysteria-by-quotient has been creating false alarms-and best selling books-for more than a century. -- P. 70

Black-owned banks in the United States have tended to have high rates of failure and the surviving black banks have tended to invest outside their community even more than white banks. . .Here too, often 'the poor pay more' because they live in neighborhoods with higher costs of providing those goods and services. -- P. 111 - 112

China in centuries past has been described as 'one of the largest and most comprehensive markets for the exchange of human beings in the world.' Slavery was also common in India, where it has been estimated that there were more slaves than in the entire Western Hemisphere- and the original Thugs kidnapped children for the purpose of enslavement. -- P. 112

Others who share a similarly secular view are often driven to personify 'society' in order to re-introduce concepts of moral responsibility and justice into the cosmos, seeking to rectify the tragic misfortunes of individuals and groups through collective action in the name of 'social justice.' -- P. 5

Whatever moral principle each of us believes in, we call justice, so we are only talking in a circle when we say that we advocate justice, unless we specify just what conception of justice we have in mind. -- P. 3

The liberal vision of black‘s fate as being almost wholly in the hands of whites is a debilitating message for those blacks who take it seriously, however convenient it may be for those who are receptive to an alibi. -- P. 63

Following the kind of reasoning used by those who say it is futile to build more roads to cope with traffic congestion, it would be possible to say that it is 'futile' to deal with hunger by eating because people just get hungry again later on. -- P. 19

The covert methods by which affirmative action has been foisted on a society that rejects it, the vengeful manner in which busing has been imposed without regard for the welfare of children, and the lofty contempt of a remote and insulated elite for the mass of citizens whose feelings and interests are treated as expendable, or dismissed as mere 'racism,' provide the classic ingredients of blindness and hubris that have produced so many human tragedies. However much history may be invoked in support of these policies, no policy can apply to history but can only apply to the present or the future. The past may be many things, but it is clearly irrevocable. Its sins can no more be purged than its achievements can be expunged. Those who suffered in centuries past are as much beyond our help as those who sinned are beyond our retribution. To dress up present-day people in the costumes and labels of history and symbolically try to undo the past is to surpass Don Quixote and jeopardize reality in the name of visions. To do so in ways that harm the already disadvantaged is to skirt the boundaries of sanity and violate the very claims of compassion used to justify it. -- P. 119

(in 1969) Harvard economist Richard Freeman compared blacks and whites whose homes included newspapers, magazines, and library cards, and who had also gone on to obtain the same number of years of schooling. There was no difference in the average income of these whites compared to these blacks. -- P. 80

People who talk incessantly about "change" are often dogmatically set in their ways. They want to change other people.

For a particular minority group to become dominant in retailing or money-lending, whether at a high or a low economic level, means that their behavior pattern must be fundamentally different from that of the surrounding population. -- P. 72

If a thousand children die from a new drug allowed into the market with less testing and ten thousand would die while more testing was going on, the public outcry over the deaths of those thousand children would bring the wrath of the whole political system down on the heads of those officials who permitted the drug to be approved with “inadequate” testing. But then if a hundred times as many people die while prolonged testing goes on, there will be few, if any stories about those people in the media. — P.91

-there are two competing sets of people who wish to use the same resources in different ways. Property rights allow this competition to take place in the marketplace, while court-sanctioned abridgements of property rights allow the competition to take place through a political process in which only one set of competitors can vote. -- P. 104

Perfect students with perfect parents in a perfect society cannot learn things that they are not being taught- and that includes an increasing number of basic things in our public schools. -- P. 217

-the same story can be told of reformers who decry 'sweatshop labor' in Third World countries who export their products to the United States to be sold in American stores. Nothing is easier than to take cheap shots at those stores for 'exploiting' Third World people- and nothing will hurt those Third World people more surely than losing one of their few meager opportunities to earn incomes by producing at lower costs than more fortunate people in more industrial countries. -- P. 130

Moral rights in the unconstrained vision are rights to results. -- P. 201

Ironically, when some blacks in the twentieth century began repudiating what they call 'slave names,' they often took Arabic names, even though Arabs over the centuries had enslaved more Africans than Europeans had. -- P. 163

Although classic government-to-government warfare and conquest were not the norm between Indians and whites in colonial North America, fighting on the frontiers was not only common but ferocious and brutal. Where Indians captured whites, for example, they took delight in dashing white children against trunks or scalping or dismembering them in front of their anguished parents, among the many other sadistic tortures they practiced. White settlers, in turn, wiped out whole Indian communities and offered bounties for Indian scalps. -- P. 293

“Another way of verbally masking elite preemption of other people’s decisions is to use the word ‘ask’–as in ‘We are just asking everyone to pay their fair share.’ But of course governments do not ask, they tell. The Internal Revenue Service does not ‘ask’ for contributions. It takes.” — P. 197