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Final Random Thoughts From Thomas Sowell

January 11, 2017

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell retired from writing his weekly column two weeks ago. Some of my favorite columns he writes are his ‘random thoughts’ columns. His last random thoughts column was titled “Random Thoughts, Looking Back” (Click here).

Here are some excerpts.

Any honest man, looking back on a very long life, must admit – even if only to himself – being a relic of a bygone era. Having lived long enough to have seen both “the greatest generation” that fought World War II and the gratingest generation that we see all around us today, makes being a relic of the past more of a boast than an admission.”

-“The old are not really smarter than the young, in terms of sheer brainpower. It is just that we have already made the kinds of mistakes that the young are about to make, and we have already suffered the consequences that the young are going to suffer, if they disregard the record of the past.

“Black adults, during the years when I was growing up in Harlem, had far less education than black adults today – but far more common sense. In an age of artificial intelligence, to many of our schools and colleges are producing artificial stupidity, among both blacks and whites.”

“The first time I traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, as the plane flew into the skies over London I was struck by the thought that, in these skies, a thousand British fighter pilots fought off Hitler’s air force and saved both Britian and Western civilization. But how many students today will have any idea of such things, with history being neglected in favor of politically correct rhetoric?

“You cannot live a long life without having been forced to change your mind many times about people and things – including in some cases, your whole view of the world. Those who glorify the young today do them a great disservice, when this sends inexperienced young people out into the world cocksure about things on which they have barely scratched the surface.

“Back when I taught at UCLA, I was constantly amazed at how little so many students knew. Finally, I could no longer restrain myself from asking a student the question that had long puzzled me: “What were you doing for the last 12 years before you got here?”

“The first column I ever wrote, 39 years ago, was titled “The Profits of Doom.” This was long before Al Gore made millions of dollars promoting global warming hysteria. Back in 1970, the prevailing hysteria was the threat of a new ice age – promoted by some of the same environmentalists who are promoting global warming hysteria today.

“Reading about the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, and the widespread retrogressions of Western civilization that followed, was an experience that was sobering, if not crushing. Ancient history in general lets us know how long human beings have been the way they are, and dampens giddy zeal for the latest panaceas, despite how politically correct those panaceas may be.

 

More ‘Random Thoughts Columns’

Random Thoughts: Thomas Sowell.

Thomas Sowell, “The Point Of No Return

Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts

Thomas Sowell” Random Thoughts On The Passing Scene

Thomas Sowell: Random Thoughts,

Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell

Random Thoughts By Thomas Sowell

Random Thoughts And Other Thoughts by Thomas Sowell

 

Must Reads For The Week 11/01/14

October 31, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out Of Obamacare, by Barbara Boland, at cnsnews.com. I’ve said this before: Obamacare will create a true free market healthcare system, and a government-run healthcare system. The tax payer will be on the hook for both.

Quarantine Backwardness Continues..., by Chris Rossini, at target liberty.com. Returning troops from Africa will be quarantined for 21 days. Civilian workers  for the defense department will not. I think I would believe the military knows what it is doing when it comes to life and death decisions.

Police Infuriated About New Device That Warns People When A Cop Is Near, by John Vibes, at thefreethoughtprogect.com. The police aren’t happy that generating revenue will not be as easy. People don’t take to kindly to laws that they think are amoral.

Don’t Get Pulled Over By The PA State Police, at theburningplatform.com. It’s almost hard to believe that this story of police abuse is real, but it is. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Ex-CBS Reporter: Government Agency Bugged My Computer, by Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding, at nypost.com. If this is what the left will do to a main stream reporter. It’s not hard to believe that the IRS would target individuals and groups that want to shrink Government.

America’s Shale Revolution Has Elevated The US To The Worlds No. 1 Energy Superpower, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This has happened in spite of the bureaucrats in this administration trying to stop hydraulic fracturing. What would the economy look like if they had been successful at shutting down fracking?

What’s Weirder Than Gas Prices Tumbling? Not A Single Politician Demanding To Know Why, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Politicians are always looking to demonize evil speculators when the price goes up. What about the evil speculators when the price goes down?

Liberals Propose Social Security-Like System To Transition To Green Economy, by Nathan Schacht, mediatrackersorg. Central planners think they are smarter than the market. As Robert Bradley has said, “ When Government tries to pick losers and winners, it typically picks losers. Why? Because in a free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.” Read my article, Government Investment? Or Government Waste?, to see how green energy has failed.

Energy Independence, by Robert Bradley, at masterresource.com. Free markets, as hampered as they are by Government edicts, are the only way that scarce resources can be rationed economically.

Confessions Of A Wheel Chair Nazi, by Victor H. Ward, at targetliberty.com. Just another example of the unintended consequences of legislation. Central planners aren’t as smart as the spontaneous order created by individuals cooperating and competing in free markets.

Random Thoughts, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. Thomas Sowell is always a must read. Here is an example:

Too many intellectuals are too impressed with the fact that they know more than other people. Even if an intellectual knows more than anybody else, that is not the same as saying that he knows more than everybody else put together — which is what would be needed to justify substituting his judgment for that expressed by millions of others through the market or through the ballot box.”