We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
While my cousins received free cradle-to-grave government handouts, they paid a devastating price for their dependency. They lost themselves -- their self-esteem, pride, and dignity. They lost the joy of success after failure. They lost the pursuit of their dreams. They lost the experience of developing their God-given gifts and talents. For perceived security, my cousins willingly remained slaves on the Democrats' government plantation.
Now 81 years old, Sowell is known as a libertarian-leaning conservative, which he is, and he has a thriving sideline in debunking racial platitudes. But he is first an economist, which means he is first an observer and reporter of facts, and if those facts take him to uncomfortable places, so be it. No, the prevalence of black men in the NBA doesn’t mean that the NBA is racist, it means that reality is racist. Yes, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats really do practice the same kind of ethnic politics that resulted in the Rwandan genocide and the Sri Lankan civil war, even if they do not practice them to the same extent. Yes, affirmative action is naked racism. No, rent-control laws don’t control rent. No, gun-control laws don’t control guns. No, standardized exams are not culturally biased—but, yes, life is culturally biased.
Because he is black, his opinions about race are controversial. If he were white, they probably would be unpublishable
I read Thomas Sowell with the same attentive fascination that I read Charles Krauthammer. Both are so blessed with logic and intense intelligence, I keep hoping that if I read them long enough, some of it will rub off on me.
Many folks are puzzled by the fact that although people disapprove of Obama's policies, he continues to have fairly high popularity ratings.
That shouldn't be puzzling. Most Democrats want to feel good about themselves more than they wish to be, or even can be, logical. They were poorly trained by their teachers in logic, which is why they are unable to argue logically for what they believe in. Lots of liberals got a real thrill of approval about themselves when they voted for Obama. Now they simply close their eyes to the fact that he hasn't lived up to even one of his promises, and in fact has become a serial liar as well as a malignant narcissist.
I recommend Vision of the Anointed by Sowell. It gets to the heart of the division between the left and the "unleft" (Hitler was a socialist but is usually regarded as "right" which makes no sense to me).