Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tom Sowell on Baltimore

Most of the readers of this blog probably are also Tom Sowell fans, but for the few who are not....  I started reading Sowell many years ago and I recomment everything he writes, from his newspaper columns to his thickest tomes. Below, Stuart Schneiderman elaborates on Sowell's evaluation of Baltimore. This is from HERE.

Thomas Sowell Explains

Amidst the din the voice of reason emerges.

While many politicians and pundits are trying to excuse the rioting that took place in Baltimore last week, Thomas Sowell points to the facts.

It is certainly not the first time he has done so. While politicians and pundits are pushing a guilt narrative that excuses all bad behavior by African-Americans, Sowell offers a dose of reality:

We are told that such riots are a result of black poverty and white racism. But in fact — for those who still have some respect for facts — black poverty was far worse, and white racism was far worse, prior to 1960. But violent crime within black ghettos was far less.

Murder rates among black males were going down — repeat, down — during the much-lamented 1950s, while it went up after the much celebrated 1960s, reaching levels more than double what they had been before. Most black children were raised in two-parent families prior to the 1960s. But today the great majority of black children are raised in one-parent families.


When you state that one group of people need not observe the same standards and follow the same rules as everyone else, they don’t. When you excuse their criminal behavior, they engage in more criminal behavior. When you believe that their rioting is a justifiable rebellion against the entrenched whit the power structure, they will continue to riot. If you are an ideologue, you believe that the continued bad behavior shows that you were right all along.

Sowell explains it well:

You cannot take any people, of any color, and exempt them from the requirements of civilization — including work, behavioral standards, personal responsibility, and all the other basic things that the clever intelligentsia disdain — without ruinous consequences to them and to society at large.

Non-judgmental subsidies of counterproductive lifestyles are treating people as if they were livestock, to be fed and tended by others in a welfare state — and yet expecting them to develop as human beings have developed when facing the challenges of life themselves.


Statistics show that black married couples do not, as a rule, live in poverty. Much of the problem comes from homes that are led by a single mothers. One suspects that the media cannot bring itself to identify the problem as the lack of fathers. Don’t its leaders believe that mothers and fathers are interchangeable, that they are all just social constructs?

In Sowell’s words:

One key fact that keeps getting ignored is that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits every year since 1994. Behavior matters and facts matter, more than the prevailing social visions or political empires built on those visions.
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3 comments:

  1. This man is one of the most impressive intellectuals I can even think of- Sowell provides clarity where there often is none

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  2. " But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."

    For better or worse, the death of Freddie Gray is being taken as part of such a pattern. Those who would avoid civil war we must break this conflation of law enforcement and paramilitary occupation,

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  3. Yeah, this guy and Ben Carson should get together and figure out a way to gyp the meshugennahs of Big Bizness out of some shekels in the next Media Circus where people think they have a say in their governance before they get raped for four more years. Maybe they can promise to take our troops out of Iraq? It worked for the last nigga. Just don't say we're leaving Afghanistan though, cause since we left Vietnam we need those poppy plants to make the heroin they sell to your kids in schrewl.

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