Consequences Matter: Thomas Sowell on “Social Justice Fallacies”


Thomas Sowell, age 93, is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. With his usual fierceness and feistiness intact, Dr. Sowell returns to Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson to discuss his latest book (he’s published over 40 titles over his career), Social Justice Fallacies. In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Sowell discusses the consequences of our society’s embarking on a quest for equality at the expense of merit. Even if every group in society is given an equal chance, he explains, these groups will end up with disparate levels of income or education. Dr. Sowell also criticizes the concept of systemic racism; his research reveals it doesn’t appear to apply to blacks (watch the interview to see why that word isn’t capitalized here) who are married. The interview concludes with Dr. Sowell reading a moving passage from his book.

Recorded on September 7, 2023.

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  1. DaveSchmidt Coolidge

    Another treasured episode with Dr. Sowell. 

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  2. David Foster Member
    David Foster

    Related piece & discussion at Quillette.


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  3. DaveSchmidt Coolidge

    David Foster (View Comment):

    Related piece & discussion at Quillette.


    Nice review.  Worth the read. 

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  4. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD

    Serious question for Dr. Sowell, or @peterrobinson , or anybody else.

    How likely is it that the theory of “Social Justice” was just made up, completely fabricated out of whole cloth, to provide a believable excuse to gain political power?

    If so, the foundational points of social justice would not need to be historically accurate… or consistent… or even make sense.  So of course Dr. Sowell can easily debunk them. 

    It just needs to get the job done.  Which it has done.

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    Thanks, Peter. I so appreciate your conversations with Dr. Sowell. He’s such a gem.

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  6. DaveSchmidt Coolidge

    Maybe Peter could create a Sowell highlight video. I’d certainly enjoy watching it. 

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