Thomas Sowell Discusses Social Justice Fallacies

Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social commentator and the author of around 40 books. He is 93 years old.

Sowell grew up in Harlem, New York. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he went on to receive an undergraduate degree form Harvard, a master’s degree from Columbia and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He has taught at a number of universities and is now the Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.

In this two-part interview (premiered September 2023), Thomas Sowell discusses his latest book Social Justice Fallacies with Peter Robinson.

Part 1
Consequences Matter: Thomas Sowell on “Social Justice Fallacies”

In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Sowell discusses the consequences of our society’s embarking on a quest for equality at the expense of merit. Even if every group in society is given an equal chance, he explains, these groups will end up with disparate levels of income or education. Dr. Sowell also criticizes the concept of systemic racism; his research reveals it doesn’t appear to apply to blacks (watch the interview to see why that word isn’t capitalized here) who are married. The interview concludes with Dr. Sowell reading a moving passage from his book.


Part 2
More “Social Justice Fallacies,” with Thomas Sowell

In this installment, Dr. Sowell discusses in great detail the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, and his decades-long friendship with Justice Clarence Thomas. Dr. Sowell also reacts to some YouTube videos of young people reacting to him.


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3 Responses to Thomas Sowell Discusses Social Justice Fallacies

  1. kaysee kaysee says:

    In Part 1, the following Thomas Sowell quotes from the book.

    Dr King’s message was equal opportunity for individuals, regardless of race. In the years that followed the goal changed to equal outcomes for groups. What now rose to dominance was the social justice agenda.


    Stupid people can create problems, but it often takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.


    One of the many things that no individual, no institution and no society has any control over is the past.

  2. kaysee kaysee says:

    Part 2. Around 34:25 minute mark

    Robinson: Is it hopeless or can people change their minds …. You changed your mind.

    Sowell: Oh yes, I was a Marxist. …during the McCarthy era.

    Robinson: What changed your mind?

    Sowell: Facts…..As you get more and more facts especially if you pay attention to them you realise that this doesn’t square with what’s being said. And at that point ……

    This section of the interview should be comforting to all those who believe it is possible to resist the globalists. They are battling away trying to change minds either via face-to-face discussions, through video monologues and interviews or on media/social media.

    And on blogs.

    Sometimes, it feels like those who are posting comments and articles are talking to ourselves. But if there are people who are reading and they are prepared to change their minds when they are faced with the truth, it will be as Thomas Sowell says: changing our minds when we come across the facts.

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  3. kaysee kaysee says:

    There are many Thomas Sowell quotes.
    Maybe some of you have favourite ones to share in this thread?

    I’ll start with these:

    Some things are believed because they are demonstrably true. But many other things are believed simply because they have been asserted repeatedly—and repetition has been accepted as a substitute for evidence.

    When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.

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