Thomas Sowel Quotes

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

Aside from work and discipline, the various successful schools for minority children have had little in common with one another- and even less in common with the fashionable educational theories of our times. -- P. 221

A segment of today‘s black and white intelligentsia excuses contemporary blacks who distain education as 'acting white' or who abandon their families-both patterns being represented as being a legacy of slavery,' though blacks born under slavery or living immediately after emancipation did not exhibit this pattern to the extent seen today. -- P. 21

The average American‘s annual income could buy everything the average Japanese annual income buys and still have thousands of dollars left over. Therefore the average American has a higher standard of living than the average Japanese. Yet statistics based on official exchange rates show the average Japanese earning thousands of dollars more than the average American, leaving the false impression that the Japanese are more prosperous than Americans. -- P. 221

Anyone who saw East Berlin and West Berlin during the years when communism prevailed in the eastern part of the city and a market economy in the rest of it could not help noticing the sharp contrast between the prosperity of West Berlin and the poverty in East Berlin. -- P. 118

Failure to use tax money to finance things not liked by the taxpaying public is routinely called 'censorship.' -- P. 123

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 principles cannot be separated from their consequences in a given context. -- P. 155

Most of the common white people of the South came from the northern borderlands of England- as well as from the Scottish highlands and from Ulster County, Ireland. All these fringe areas were turbulent, if not lawless, regions, where none of the contending forces was able to establish full control and create a stable order...The highlanders lagged far behind the lowlanders in education and economic progress, as well as in the speaking of the English language, -- P. 2 - 8

Slavery is one of the oldest and most universal of all human institutions. Slavery has existed among peoples around the world, as far back as recorded history goes, and archaeological explorations suggest that it existed before human beings learned how to write. No one knows when slavery began. It is the idea of freedom for the great masses of ordinary people that is relatively new, as history is measured — and this idea is by no means universally accepted around the world, even today. — P.31

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 more tendentious definition of racism has emerged in the late twentieth century to exempt racial minorities themselves from the charge. Racism was now said to require power, which minorities themselves do not have, so that even the most anti-white, anti- Jewish, or anti-Asian statements (including those asserting a genetic basis for depravity) were automatically exempt from the charge of racism. -- P. 368

Unionization drove out blacks in two ways: (1) directly through discriminatory rules and policies, and (2) indirectly, by artificially raising the wage rates and making them uniform. -- P. 89

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

The big problem with money created by the government is that those who run the government always face the temptation to create more and spend it. -- P. 225

People do not change their vision of the world the way they change cloths or replace light bulbs. But change they must if they mean to survive. No individual (or group) is going to capture all of reality in his vision. If the only reaction to other visions- or uncomfortable evidence- is blind mudslinging, then the limitations that are common to all human beings become, for them, ideological prisons. -- P. 140

-power is the ability to restrict people‘s options and freedom is an exemption from having one‘s options restricted in such matters as religion or the expression of ideas. -- P. 176

Too often, those opposed to discrimination are also opposed to free competitive markets that make discrimination more costly. They do not think beyond stage one. -- P. 177

The judge‘s moral duty is to faithfully carry out the law he was sworn to uphold, not sincerely change the law to produce better results as he sees them. -- P. 59

The most important reason why women earn less than men is not that they are paid less for doing the very same work but that they are distributed differently among jobs and have fewer hours and less continuity in the labor force. Among college-educated, never married individuals with no children who worked full time and were from 40 to 64 years old- that is, beyond the child bearing years- men averaged $40,000 a year in income, while women averaged $47,000. -- P. 70