Thomas Sowell on the second edition of Intellectuals and Society

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  • Published on May 7, 2012
  • On the occasion of the publication of a new edition of his book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell returns to Uncommon Knowledge for a wide-ranging interview.

Comments • 491

  • Disciple of Christ
    Disciple of Christ 4 years ago +1

    Thomas Sowell is the type of intellectual we need more.

  • Alain Marcus
    Alain Marcus 3 years ago +2

    "Intellectuals have many skills which enable them to evade the testing of what they believe."--Thomas Sowell. The quotability index on this man is sky high.

  • Richard Roma
    Richard Roma 9 years ago +1

    Thomas Sowell was a major influence on me, he woke me up from my dogmatic liberal slumber.

  • Carlos Saavedra
    Carlos Saavedra 2 years ago +2

    "The road to hell is paved with Ivy League degrees" - Thomas Sowell

  • thighdude7
    thighdude7 9 years ago +320

    Once again, Thomas Sowell hits the nail on the head. There is nothing like hearing a truth teller tell the truth in spite of what is popular or popularly believed to be the truth.

  • K Manwarren
    K Manwarren Year ago +799

    He was so right. Watching this in quarantine. This rings so true.

  • B T
    B T Year ago +381

    8 years later and he is still spot on the the issues still stand unaddressed.

  • pyroseed13
    pyroseed13 9 years ago +619

    "There are no solutions. There are trade-offs." Great line. The economic way of thinking escapes most people, especially politicians.

  • Ludwigvan
    Ludwigvan 4 years ago +1

    "Obama has an absolute talent for saying things that make no sense but not only sound plausible, but inspiring".

  • Samantha Theriot
    Samantha Theriot Year ago +71

    This is one of the most thought provoking discussion on this topic I've heard in a long time, thank you !

  • Barbara Hoyle
    Barbara Hoyle Year ago +219

    Thomas Sowell was raised in Harlem in the 1930's. He was transformed from his adopted Marxist beliefs AFTER he worked in Government in DC. Thomas never bought a book as a kid as he lived near a library. He has written over 25 books and in this interview conducted in 2012 his brilliant remarks about political intellectuals reveals why we need people with EXPERIENCE in business to hold government positions. A few quotes from Sowell: "The road to hell is paved with Ivy League degrees" - Thomas Sowell "The people in the labor department saw my interest in testing theories as a threat. Don't look to government to serve the interest of people. Other people's well being will never be the priority of politics." Thomas Sowell and... "President Obama has an absolute talent for saying things that make no sense but not only sound plausible, but inspiring".

  • Big Redd
    Big Redd Year ago +125

    Sowell is a quotable machine! I enjoy hearing and reading his thoughts

  • Randell Porter
    Randell Porter 4 years ago +561

    What I understand Dr. Sowell to say is "No one is as smart as what they want others to think they are."

  • Bob Marioni
    Bob Marioni Year ago +72

    I am a huge fan of Thomas Sowell. I respect him so much.

  • turbo181
    turbo181 4 years ago +1

    Peter Robinson is by far the best interviewer I've ever seen.

  • Donald Grappo
    Donald Grappo Year ago +74

    Some of Thomas Sowell writings should be part of American public education curriculum. He is giant in intelectual circles. He is a legend in his own time IMO.

  • Texican175
    Texican175 3 years ago +66

    How awesome it must be to have this man as your grandpa. Assuming he has grandkids I genuinely hope they know just how blessed they are.

  • TheBelegur
    TheBelegur 8 years ago +67

    I find Thomas Sowell enlightening in many of the ideas he puts forth, and thank you for posting these. It's amazing when he discusses that intellectuals ideas are NOT tested, and accepted or rejected on the basis of if they pass the reality test. They are accepted and never tested because they are put forth by intellectuals. Therefore in any particular discipline if you want to be taken seriously you must believe these ideas regardless of there true merit or be ostracized as unintellectual.

  • Reza Alavi
    Reza Alavi Year ago +166

    "Intellectuals have no interest in what creates wealth , they are very concern about distribution of it. they act as if wealth just exists somehow" so true!

  • Ambulai Johnson
    Ambulai Johnson 4 years ago +99

    One of American best social theorists.