In all the years I have read Thomas Sowell\’s columns, the worst one I ever saw was pretty good.
Most are excellent and beyond.
This one, titled The “Fairness” Fraud? It is one of his “beyond” efforts.
Here is a taste of what Mr. Sowell has written….
Itseems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studiesclaiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for peopleborn in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharpdifference between upward “mobility,” defined as anopportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen.
Ifequal probabilities of achieving some goal is your definition offairness, then we should all get together – people of every race,color, creed, national origin, political ideology and sexualpreference – and stipulate that life has never been fair, anywhereor any time in all the millennia of recorded history.
Thenwe can begin at last to talk sense.
Iknow that I never had an equal chance to become a great ballet dancerlike Rudolph Nureyev. The thought of becoming a ballet dancer neveronce crossed my mind in all the years when I was growing up inHarlem. I suspect that the same thought never crossed the minds ofmost of the guys growing up on New York\’s lower east side.
Doesthat mean that there were unfair barriers keeping us from followingin the footsteps of Rudolph Nureyev?
….and there is much, much, much more – just as logical and just as adept at cutting through the posturing and BS to get to reality. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not use the link I\’ve provided and read every word.
Thomas Sowell, at 83 years of age, is more vibrant, has greater intellectual acuity, and is better at clearly communicating thoughts, than just about anyone else. He is one of a kind, and I doubt there is a person in the news and opinion business who could not learn from him.
Thank you, Mr. Sowell. Please do not even think about retiring.