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Thomas Sowell's Last Word?
American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2018 | Richard Kirk

Posted on 04/28/2018 9:58:55 AM PDT by jazusamo

Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell, Basic Books, New York, March 20, 2018 (143 pages, $28.00, hardcover)

"Just the facts, ma'am." That was Joe Friday's interrogation refrain on Dragnet. The same comment could serve as the subtitle of Thomas Sowell's recent book, Discrimination and Disparities. Few works on politically explosive topics maintain such a consistent focus on empirical evidence while avoiding rhetorical jabs at opponents. On the other hand, empirical evidence cuts deep, especially when critics can't protest the author's "nasty" style. As radio talker Larry Elder observes, "[f]acts are to liberals what kryptonite is to Superman."

Sowell's title, if employed by a member of the leftist intelligentsia, would doubtless imply a causal link between statistical disparities and some form of discrimination – usually racial. Sowell, by contrast, marshals an abundance of evidence to show that this automatic assumption isn't justified. Focusing simply on statistical probabilities, Sowell notes that if five prerequisites are needed for success in a particular field, and if the chances are two out of three that any person will have each characteristic, the chance of possessing all five characteristics are still only one in eight – a calculation that helps explain why most pro golfers have never won a PGA tournament while Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have collectively won over 200 times. Consequently, "[g]iven multiple prerequisites for many human endeavors, we should not be surprised if economic or social advances are not evenly or randomly distributed among individuals, groups, institutions or nations at any given time."

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bellcurve; book; culture; economy; sowell; thomassowell
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1 posted on 04/28/2018 9:58:56 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: abigail2; Amalie; American Quilter; arthurus; awelliott; Bahbah; bamahead; Battle Axe; ...
*PING*
Thomas Sowell


2 posted on 04/28/2018 10:00:55 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Will keep an eye out for the book. Looks like a good read.


3 posted on 04/28/2018 10:11:13 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Conservatives seek the truth. Democrats seek the power to dictate what truth is.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Most welcome RQSR, it looks like another winner.


4 posted on 04/28/2018 10:13:53 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: rockinqsranch
Sowell is the first economist who coined the phrase 'You have a right to compete for something but no right to results.'

He is the one POTUS should have consulted before making every important decision effecting the US Economy.

5 posted on 04/28/2018 11:04:11 AM PDT by wmileo
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6 posted on 04/28/2018 11:05:47 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Adding it to my stack! :)


7 posted on 04/28/2018 11:16:53 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Good, stack must be getting high. :^)


8 posted on 04/28/2018 11:19:00 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

A quick read shows the title is not from a labored point in the article reviewing Thomas Sowell’s latest book.

While Sowell expressed some dissatisfactions along with the rewards of his experience as a professor, the man lives and breathes to enlighten and teach. He does it in every article, essay, book and interview.

He has retired from writing his column, but Voila, here is a new book. Perhaps it will be his last, but I can’t see him stopping his enlightenment provided by his laser like intellect.


9 posted on 04/28/2018 11:30:36 AM PDT by KC Burke (If all the world is a stage, I would like to request my lighting be adjusted.)
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To: jazusamo

I love reading Thomas Sowell. Hence the tagline.


10 posted on 04/28/2018 11:37:16 AM PDT by grimalkin (You cannot subsidize irresponsibility and expect people to become more responsible. - T. Sowell)
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To: wmileo
Except that Sowell publicly scolded Trump.
11 posted on 04/28/2018 11:38:01 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: KC Burke

I agree and believe it will probably be his last book, at darn near 88 years old he deserves to be away from the grind.

I look for him to do an occasional interview and wish he would write a short essay now and then.


12 posted on 04/28/2018 11:40:31 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: ConservativeMind

We all need to be scolded from time to time, even the POTUS.


13 posted on 04/28/2018 11:48:30 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: rockinqsranch

https://www.amazon.com/Discrimination-Disparities-Thomas-Sowell-ebook/dp/B075JDB769/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1524941241&sr=8-2


14 posted on 04/28/2018 11:50:59 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell is a national treasure and I love reading his articles.


15 posted on 04/28/2018 12:13:14 PM PDT by LUV W (Our troops are the best of the best and we should honor them EVERY day!)
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To: jazusamo

Bttt.

5.56mm


16 posted on 04/28/2018 12:19:55 PM PDT by M Kehoe (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: jazusamo

Bumpski for later.


17 posted on 04/28/2018 1:06:40 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Time to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!)
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To: jazusamo

I wish he were 20 years younger and part of Pres. Trump’s cabinet.

(...wishes and horses)


18 posted on 04/28/2018 1:30:12 PM PDT by dynachrome (When an empire dies, you are left with vast monuments in front of which peasants squat to defecate)
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To: jazusamo
Overall, Sowell's book is a protest against the unfounded assumption that "there would be no disparate outcomes unless there were disparate treatment." Sowell observes that this ideologically driven assumption "seems almost impervious to evidence."

Some 'truths' are more painful than others... which doesn't distract from their veracity. As usual Sowell is correct and ... distressing.

19 posted on 04/28/2018 2:21:48 PM PDT by GOPJ (Time to rethink deep state criminals AND the organizations they've infiltrated.)
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Re: “Sowell notes that if five prerequisites are needed for success in a particular field, and if the chances are two out of three that any person will have each characteristic, the chance of possessing all five characteristics are still only one in eight...”

Is this “new” math, or am I just really dumb?

If "two out of three" people have all five characteristics, why is “the chance of possessing all five characteristics” just one in eight?

20 posted on 04/28/2018 2:45:57 PM PDT by zeestephen
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