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?
Oh. There are no words...
Their hard work and morality put the lie to the entitled victim posture.
Quite honestly, the Africans are viewed as not black. Remember that is what was thrown at Obama in the last election.
Being successful is viewed as worse, being white. The kids are stuck. They look different than whites or Asians, and they culturally outside the norm for those they most resemble (Nigerians are not of the same race as most of the African Americans here, and both sides know it). So the kids often choose to join the groups they most resemble.
The same happens with kids who are Latino, but more American. Even if their parents are successful, in school they often are forced to conform to the norm.
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.Those in the media, in politics and in academia who seem determined to blame American society for individuals and groups who do not rise would be hard-pressed to explain why immigrants of various colors come in at the bottom and proceed to rise, both in the schools and in the economy on both sides of the Atlantic.
T. Roosevelt said that It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena (taking risks in an effort at accomplishment). In 1910 when he said that, that was what liberalism meant.
By the time the socialists got through with the word in the 1920s, they had inverted the meaning of liberalism to mean, in my own formulation, Nothing actually matters except PR. Obviously that is the precise opposite of TRs formulation - and just as obviously, it favors the journalist/critic and sets the man in the arena at nothing.
Giving the credit . . . to the man who is actually in the arena promotes striving for virtue and excellence, leading to progress. The attitude that Nothing actually matters except PR saps the incentive to strive for excellence and leads to finger-pointing and an attitude of helplessness. And failing to strive for excellence causes not only stagnation but actual regression.
People post articles every day without even a barf alert from authors who are notorious for always being wrong. My experience has been that I have essentially always agreed with Thomas Sowell after I read his piece, tho not always before.
After all the many hundreds of truly acute articles from Thomas Sowell, I finally see one that I disagree with - and I am supposed to write him off on that basis? Pickings for authors would get mighty slim for me real quick if I adhered to that standard.I think even if he really went off permanently off the rails I would have to continue reading him just out of respect.
My 6th grader granddaughter suffered some problems in her math scores, due to changing schools. So, her parents sent her to "Mathnasium", a tutoring program. The programm (at $200/mo) is FILLED with Asian and Indian students who are NOT having trouble with their scores -- their kids go there for FUN!
Thanks for trying. :)