Thomas Sowel Quotes

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

Contrary to the notion that deficits have resulted from tax receipts by the federal government, those receipts in fact reached new record highs during the Reagan administration...By the last year of the Reagan administration in1988, the federal government collected over $391 billion more than during any year of the Carter administration-in percentage terms, the government took in 76 percent more that year than it had ever collected in any year of any other administration. -- P. 83

In short, no matter what happens, the vision of the anointed always succeeds, if not by the original criteria, then by criteria extemporized later-and if not by empirical evidence, then by criteria sufficiently subjective to escape even the possibility of refutation. Evidence becomes Irrelevant. -- P. 15

While the educational interests of the students might be served by exposing them to different views of ideological issues, professors are able to confine the ideological spectrum to those views of their own, not only in selecting reading material for their own classes but still more so in deciding whom to hire as fellow faculty members, leading to situations in which it is not uncommon for the ratio of Democrats to Republicans to be dozens to one in some departments, even though supporters of the two parties are relatively evenly divided in the country at large. -- P. 95

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 particular culture or 'human Capital' available to a people has often had more influence on their economic level than their existing material wealth, natural resources, or individual geniuses. -- P. 335

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

Time by itself accomplishes nothing. In particular, it is a serious mistake, with dangerous consequences, to imagine that time itself improves relations among racial ethnic groups. -- P. xi

As far back as 1980, college-educated black married couples earned slightly more than white college-educated married couples...By 1989, blacks, whites, and Hispanics in the United States of the same age (29) and with the same IQ (100) all had annual incomes within a thousand dollars of one another when they worked year-round. -- P. 174

It is one thing to be bitter because one cannot feed one‘s children and something very different to be resentful because one cannot afford designer jeans or expensive watches that keep no better time than cheap watches. -- P. 27

Processes designed to create greater equality cannot be judged by that goal but must be examined in terms of the processes created in pursuit of that goal. -- P. 51

-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

Wishing to see a poor but meritorious man win a lottery is radically different from insisting government redistributive policies...we reward productivity rather than merit, for the perfectly valid reason that we know how to do it. -- P. 23

Among Americans in 1980, 31 percent of all black first-born children were born to teenage mothers, compared to only 12 percent among whites. In both races, children born to teenage mothers tended to have lower I.Q.‘s. -- P. 370

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

Since the United States contains several times as many billionaires as any other country, ordinary Americans would be among the most poverty-stricken people in the world if the wealth of the wealthy derives from the poverty of the poor. -- P. 134

Freedom must be distinguished from democracy, with which it is often confused. -- P. 91

What the rednecks or crackers brought with them across the ocean was a whole constellation of attitudes, values, and behavior patterns that might have made sense in the world which they had lived for centuries, but which would prove to be counterproductive in the world to which they were going- and counterproductive to the blacks who would live in their midst for centuries before emerging into freedom and migrating to the urban centers of the United States, taking with them similar values. -- P. 6

Advocates of diversity in a race or gender sense are often quite hostile to ideological diversity, when it includes traditional or 'conservative' values and beliefs. -- P. 95

-specialists are not solipsists. They are simply aware of the limitations of the human mind, and of the implications of those limitations, as the anointed so often are not. -- P. 205