Skip to comments.Sowell: A Tiger of a Book
Posted on 03/17/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT by jazusamo
Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.
It is titled "The Triple Package" because it argues that three qualities are found in spectacularly successful groups in America. These three qualities, they say, are a superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.
Whether you buy their theory or not, you will be enormously enlightened by their attempts to prove it. In the process they shoot down many of the popular beliefs about upward mobility in America and about the kinds of people who succeed.
At a time when so many in academia and the media are proclaiming that the poor are no longer able to rise in America, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld point out that a major research project on which that conclusion has been based left out immigrants.
In their own words, "Although rarely mentioned in media reports, the studies said to show the demise of upward mobility in America largely exclude immigrants and their children. Indeed, the Pew Foundation study most often cited as proof of the death of upward mobility in the United States expressly cautions that its findings do not apply to 'immigrant families,' for whom 'the American dream is alive and well.'"
Some immigrant groups have risen spectacularly, even when they arrived here with very little money and sometimes with little knowledge of English. "Almost 25 percent of Nigerian households make over $100,000 a year" in America, the authors point out, compared to just 11 percent of black American households.
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AKA “How smart people think”.
Except these particular smart people apparently get caught up on issues of causation and correlation.
After retiring, I worked for awhile in a retail establishment. The African blacks were in every way more prosperous, polite and all-around better class of customer. Many had their own businesses. If an American black person manhandling the merchandise or putting it on the floor whined to me about how racist I was to ask her to bring it to the counter to examine it, the African blacks would scold her.
My friends from Kenya say that Christianity is still taught in schools there. They are appalled at the gay agenda here, and that taxpayer money is used to push it in Africa.
It's those very people who are complaining, the media, in politics and in academia who are creating this illusion of a barrier for their own benefit.
Interesting, thanks for posting
Not interested in Sowell anymore since his recent case of GOP-E-itis.
Nice to see Mr. Sowell seems to be done bashing Ted Cruz and getting back to fundamentals.
Thomas Sowell reminds me of my interpreter, Mr. Dau, when I worked for Trans-Africa Mining Corp. in the Republic of Mali.
By that time, Mr. Dau had graduated from several European Universities, could read, write, and speak in five languages, and could discuss with authority any subject you could bring up in any of these five languages. He had run afoul of the current, at that time, communist leaning government and had wound up at my very remote mining camp.
One day when we were in the middle of one of our many discussions and he had just astounded me with his depth of knowledge on the subject, I blurted out, “Mr. Dau, I’ve lived over fifty years now in the United States and I never before met a black man with your degree of intelligence.”
Mr. Dau, calmly replied, “Why do you think we sold them to you?”
...superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control.
My brother worked as an volunteer in a state prison and these were the traits that defeated these men again and again, the inability of self control and an attitude of I can't do it...
I have recently found a new-to-me guru- http://dianawest.net/.
Her recent book apparently stirred up a great sh!tstorm in certain lefty circles. (American Betrayal- The Secret Assault On Our Nation’s Character. Just starting the book).
Is this the book where they report that the standardized test was invented in China in the seventh century?
Somehow we’ve got to find a way to draw a distinction between those who are truly conservative but who think that the republican party is the only real alternative and those who are truly conservative and are not committed to a party but to their principles.
There’s a difference between a CINO GOP-E who is a big government moderate and a true conservative who thinks they can only accomplish anything through the republican party.
Sowell’s recent attack on Cruz was illogical and especially for Sowell. I think he was wrong. That doesn’t mean I think he’s become a big government CINO.
For example, I view Sowell and Coulter entirely differently.
Impulse control is one of those things strongly tied to having a man in the family when the child is raised.
Somehow weve got to find a way to draw a distinction between those who are truly conservative but who think that the republican party is the only real alternative and those who are truly conservative and are not committed to a party but to their principles.
Theres a difference between a CINO GOP-E who is a big government moderate and a true conservative who thinks they can only accomplish anything through the republican party.
This kinda upsets the apple cart for those who consider themselves victims. I’m sure the author has been declared a racist by the dopey masses on the Left by now.
And the American blacks HATE the African immigrants. My wife is a school teacher, and sees it all the time.
The Left have dubbed him racist, and worse things, for many years when they don’t ignore him. :)
That’s a story worth retelling. Can you tell me the year and anything else to help with the veracity upon retelling?
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