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IMO; Thomas Sowell is one intelligent journalist.
He makes so many good points;
Whenever you need some sanity, a dose of Thomas Sowell can sometimes be what the doctor ordered.
The venerable conservative economist and pundit was appearing on Fox Business Network on Tuesday in part to discuss his book “Discrimination and Disparities.” If you haven’t read it, the basic premise is that inequalities aren’t necessarily the result of historical injustices.
During the appearance, anchor David Asman asked Sowell about the current fad regarding reparations — one which has been embraced by at least two Democrat presidential contenders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
Sowell said the premise of the idea — that present inequalities can be blamed on the past — can’t be backed up.
“This is one of any number of one-factor explanations as to why everyone doesn’t have the same outcome,” Sowell said.
“A hundred years ago it was genetics. In other times and places it was exploitation. But again, these are ideas that sound plausible, but when you do research, you discover that everywhere you turn, there are a thousand reasons why people don’t turn out the same.”
Sowell then gave one of the more curious examples from his recent tome.
“It goes right down to the family,” he said.
“In the first chapter of this book, I point out that the firstborn has higher IQs than his siblings and (in) later life has more achievements. Among astronauts, for example, of the 29 astronauts in the Apollo program that put a man on the moon, 22 were either the firstborn or an only child.
“Now, if you can’t get equality among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, why in the world do you think you’re going to get it among people who’ve had such different histories and cultures around the world?”
In “Discrimination and Disparities,” Sowell presented even more evidence regarding this unusual disparity.