Thomas Sowel Quotes

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.

Research findings have consistently shown black females to have higher IQ test scores, and most other test scores, than black males in the United States. The same was true among Jews when they scored low on mental tests in the past. However, among white- raised black orphans with an average IQ of 106, there was no female advantage, suggesting that the striking predominance of females among high-IQ blacks is an environmental rather than a racial phenomenon. -- P. 171

reward or by producing equal performances. Since the latter is all but impossible, if only because everyone is not equally interested in the same kinds of performances, the passion for equality leads toward a divorce of performance and reward- which is to say a divorce of incentive and behavior, and even a divorce of cause and effect in out minds. -- P. 94

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

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

The moral justification of the market process rests on the general prosperity and freedom it produces. -- P. 130

Many of those with an unconstrained vision and a passionate opposition to inequality of results assume that those who oppose them must be in favor of inequality of results...In reality, those with the constrained vision may be passionately devoted to certain processes (freedom to choose, the 'rule of law,' etc.) and only secondarily concerned with whether any particular result is equal or unequal. -- P. 135

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

The language of politics, and especially of ideological politics, is often categorical language about 'rights,' about eliminating certain evils, guaranteeing certain benefits, or protecting certain habitats and species...Indirectly but inexorably, this language says that the preferences of the anointed are to supersede the preferences of everyone else. -- P. 142

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

To say that prices are due to greed is to imply that sellers can set prices by an act of will. If so, no company would go bankrupt, since it could simply raise its prices to cover whatever costs happened to be. -- P. 40

The charge is often made against the intelligentsia and other members of the anointed that their theories and the policies based on them lack common sense. But the very commonness of common sense makes it unlikely to have any appeal to the anointed. How can they be wiser and nobler than everyone else while agreeing with everyone else? — P. 248

A whole new class of intellectuals has arisen to supply a history geared to what people currently wish to believe, rather than to the record of the past. . . To allow those with a purely instrumental view of history to erase the national memory, or to record over it the ideological fashions of the day, is to discard an anchor in reality, and to set sail with light ballast and a reckless optimism. -- P. 227

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

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

A 'fair fight' is one in which both combatants observe the rules, regardless of whether that leads to a draw or a one sided battle. -- P. 9

Social rules are as central to the constrained vision as unfettered individual judgment and individual conscience are at the heart of the unconstrained vision. -- P. 81

By projecting a vision of a world in which the problems of blacks are consequences of the actions of whites, either immediately or in times past, white liberals have provided a blanket excuse for shortcomings and even crimes by blacks. -- P. 52

Innumerable subsequent studies of the self-esteem of black youngsters in integrated school settings have shown no general pattern of higher self-esteem. Some studies show less self-esteem, some show more, and other studies show mixed results. -- P. 64

Although Hispanics have overtaken blacks numerically as part of the population, blacks still receive more doctorates than Hispanics. While the Asian American population is only a fraction of the size of either the black or Hispanic population, Asian Americans receive more doctorates than Hispanics and nearly as many as blacks. -- P. 155