Anonymous asked: I like Thomas Sowell and all, but it's kind of surprising that he's not gotten over Gay Marriage. I don't understand why he'd be against it at all, is it just the fact that he's an old man that defines it or does he have a real reason aside from personal prejudice?
When Sowell talks about most things he is very careful with his use of language and very reasoned and you can see in his arguments the economic and sociological analysis.
But when he’s talking about gay marriage or war or immigration it all goes out the window and he makes the most flimsy remarks that from anybody else on any other subject he would consider the height of irresponsibility. He’s in this weird battle between the things he actually knows about (economics) and the things (like such social issues) where he just seems to blindly accept the generic right-wing version of facts.
I was just listening to an old interview of his on EconTalk and he talks about a whole host of economic issues with a remarkable level of insight and logic.
And then at the end they asked him about immigration and it basically came down to “Some immigrants are good and some are bad and we should have the good ones but not the bad ones.” It was 4th grade level of analysis.
And his example (only one) was horrifying. He said “There are some immigrants who have come to this country who have been worth there weight in gold. I think of the people who came here during the second world war as a result of fleeing from the nazis, and who had played a major role in creating the atomic bomb, which undoubtedly saved the lives of a hundred thousand americans.” And he lamented that because some immigrants come here “illegally” that “we” don’t get to choose the immigrants who would do what’s best for “America” rather than “looking out for themselves.”
Notice how completely un-sowell-like this analysis is. It’s total, blind acceptance of the conventional 7th grade version of history. It’s complete lack of any semblance of economic analysis. It’s horrifying and utter stupidity. And yet, it’s sowell.
Remarkable. I still can’t understand it. When he’s right, he’s one of my absolute favorite people in the world. But when he’s wrong, he displays none of his usual traits for which he is most celebrated.
This is 100% how I feel about Thomas Sowell. He should follow his own advice on intellectuals that stray outside their area of expertise.
- HR: I can’t tell you how many people have told me, “When I go to the movies, I don’t want to think.”
- BLVR: Does that offend you as a filmmaker?
- HR: It offends me as a human being. Why wouldn’t you want to think? What does that mean? Why not just shoot yourself in the fucking head?
I put it on Facebook and low and behold one of my communist/social justice “friends” put this as his response.
"the minimum wage is only job-killing because its costs are passed on to the economy by a corporate culture that safeguards its own bloat and compensation levels before the employment of frontline workers.
we are being held fucking hostage by, e.g., stratospheric levels of executive compensation that won’t ever be reduced even if we increase the min wage. instead they will just cut jobs.”
LMFAO!!!! It’s like these morons have no fucking clue what the Marginal Product of Labor is, or why it matters!