Monday, March 19, 2012

Who is Thomas Sowell?

 Thomas Sowell
Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow
The Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305

Thomas Sowell, (oops, sorry, ... DOCTOR Thomas Sowell) has written a new book ... "Intellectuals and Society."  I heard him discussing it in an interview the other day and decided to look him up and learn more about him.  Turns out, he's a black guy. 

You like what I did there?  You'd never have known he was a DOCTOR unless I had told you.  Oh, you might have guessed/discovered it sooner or later but it's not mentioned on the front of his webpage ... unlike lefties who cannot WAIT to tell you that some knucklehead or other is a "doctor" ... you know ... so you can quickly determine that a college degree means "smart."

I never would have suspected he was black just by hearing him speak. Naturally, the lefties will be calling him an Uncle Tom.  My guess is he's used to it, being in academia and he's about 80 years old.  The whole "Uncle Tom" thing is prolly a real yawner to him.

Anyway, as I was perusaling his website, I ran across a page of his favorite quotes.  I copy/pasted some below.

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false. 
 --Paul Johnson

Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm-- but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.
 -- T. S. ELiot 

There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men. 
 --Edmund Burke

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
 -- C. S. Lewis 

A ruling intelligentsia, whether in Europe, Asia or Africa, treats the masses as raw material to be experimented on, processed, and wasted at will
 --Eric Hoffer

The intellectuals and the young, booted and spurred, feel themselves born to ride us.
 --Eric Hoffer

Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America.
 --Eric Hoffer

We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.
 -- F. A. Hayek

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