Thomas Sowel Quotes

Despite the depiction of property rights as mere protections those who own substantial property, it has often been the affluent and the wealthy who have abridged property rights through the political process, in order to keep working class and other less affluent people from coming into their communities and changing its character via the developers and the financial institutions which supply developers the capital to bid away land from existing owners. -- P. 106

Comparing never-married women and men who are past the child-bearing years and who both work full-time in the twenty-first century shows women of this description earning more than men of the same description. ..For women in general- that is, not just academic women- those single women who had worked continuously since high school were in 1971 earning slightly more than men of the same description. All this before affirmative action was defined as 'under-representation' in a 1971 Executive Order which went into effect in 1972, and so represents what was happening under competitive labor market pressures before any major government intervention to advance women. -- P. 77

If nothing else, history can help dissolve the provincialism of time and place, and the hypocrisy of selective moral indignation. -- P. 224

In reality, the entire population of the world today could be housed in the state of Texas, in a single-story, single-family houses-four to a house-and with a typical yard around each home. -- P. 67

Power lies at the end of a spectrum of causal factors which include influence, individual discretion, and systemic interactions whose actual outcomes were not planned or controlled by anyone. -- P. 151

Freedom has cost too much blood and agony to be relinquished at the cheap price of rhetoric. Chapter: Political Trade-Offs

Someone once said that an idea that fails repeatedly may possibly be wrong... Sincerity of purpose is not the same as honesty of procedure. -- P. 111 / 120

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

(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

Where discrimination is distinguished from differences in life chances, the empirical question is whether individuals of similar qualifications have similar prospects of employment, college admission, and other benefits when they come from different groups. Where there are substantial differences in qualifying characteristics among groups, as there often are, the question then becomes: What of those particular individuals who have the same qualifying characteristics as members of other groups? Do they have the same prospects or results? -- P. 180

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

Being 'politically correct' means deciding issues not on the basis of the evidence or the merits, but on the basis of what group those involved belong to or what ideology they profess. -- P. 183

Even in the twenty-first century, 'two-thirds of the world‘s illiterate adults are women,' according to the Economist magazine. However, at the other end of the educational spectrum, women in the most industrially advanced countries are going on to higher education in numbers comparable to men- and, in some countries, more often than men. -- P. 56

Both internally and internationally, Western intellectuals have for centuries romanticized 'noble savages' in various parts of the world, peoples who supposedly lived in some sort of Eden before evil was introduced from outside by modern Western society. Facts about the carnage, oppression, or brutality in such societies have been gilded over, totally ignored, or brazenly denied by those pursuing a vision- and disseminating that vision through their writings, teachings, motion pictures and other channels. -- P. 351

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

Freedom began to emerge where governments were too fragmented, too poorly organized, or too much in need of voluntary cooperation to prevent its emergence. -- P. 353

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

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

on making a profit, and the implicit costs of their decisions were paid out of the endowments and donations supplied by others. -- 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