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Conferences with Thomas Sowell

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Author : Shell
Tags : Documentary Society School 
Date : January 24, 2021

This video speak about the intellectuals. It explains the kind of bias these have and their behaviours.


  • The fancier is your education the more likely you are to be wrong, because you are more prone to speak about things you don't know anything about. The problem is all of us have a narrow range within which we may be great but a few steps outside that range and we're totally lost.

  • Thomas Sowell "At the heart of the social vision prevalent among contemporary intellectuals is the belief that there are 'problems' ... and 'solutions'...". There are no solutions there are trade-offs.

  • There are two opposed visions : There are peoples which have more knowledge than other peoples and attribute the monopole of propose solutions. The opposing vision is common sensical tragic, you can't solve certain problems. For example we will all die. It's just human pride.

  • Thomas Sowell : "There has probably never been an era in history when intellectuals have played a larger role in society than the era in which we live.". Because in democracy what the people think matters a lot and with more prosperous society where we can afford from a financial point of view to send more and more people through colleges and universities and support books and things like that. Now you have people out there who fundamentally don't really know much beyond what they especially might be creating a certain vision of life.

  • Thomas Sowell : "Intellectuals have -- on issues ranging across the spectrum from housing policies to laws governing organ transplants -- sought to have decision-making discretion taken from those directly involved, who have personal knowledge and a personal stake, and transferred to third parties who have neighter, and who pay no price for being wrong."

  • Intellectuals are able to dominate the climate of opinion in a republic. Classic example was the era between the two world wars where the intellectuals were all in favor of disarmament even while Hitler was arming Germany and Japan too. The holding of power understood that Germany was rearming secretly even before Hitler took power. The British and French intelligence services both knew this, the public didn't notice and Baldwin was not about to tell the British public a Germany was rearming because intellectuals had made rearmament poison politically.

  • In democratie if people think the war is unwinnable then it's unwinnable.

  • The least interested in actual empirical tests are intellectuals. Because there are many talents that have a huge ego stake in a given set of conclusions. They fear that they might be proven wrong, they don't want to know the answer.

  • Thomas Sowell : "Intellectuals have -- on issues ranging across the spectrum from housing policies to laws governing organ transplants -- sought to have decision-makingn discretion taken from those directly involved, who have personal knowledge and a personal stake, and transferred to third parties who have neither, and who pay no price for being wrong."

  • Thomas Sowell : "Intellectuls give people who have the handicap of poverty the further handicap of a sense of victimhood.". The question is why some people gotten prosperous and in particular why some gotten prosperous to a greater degree than others but everybody started poor. So poverty is not a mystery to be solved by intellectuals. Intellectuals have no interest in and what creates wealth and what inhibits the creation of wealth. They are only very concerned about the distribution of it. They act as if wealth just exists somehow. They don't want to look because it will destroy the whole vision that they have, and that would then cut out the role of intellectuals.

  • Thomas Sowell : "seldom... has this attention been directed... toward how the less economically successful... might improve themselves by availing themselves of the culture of others around them.".

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