Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

 

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central heating, and cell phones. The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Sowell argues dramatically increased once welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.

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  1. Fred Cole Inactive
    Fred Cole
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    That’s awesome.

    I was literally just thinking that we hadn’t had a new UK in a while…

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  2. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
    @JamieLockett

    Fred Cole:That’s awesome.

    I was literally just thinking that we hadn’t had a new UK in a while…

    I went into “drop everything” mode when I saw it was Dr. Sowell.

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  3. lesserson Member
    lesserson
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    Woohoo, jackpot!

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  4. Paddy Siochain Member
    Paddy Siochain
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    Great to see him back Peter.

    Oh and thanks for answering the Facebook question aswell, great to know David is getting better. Can’t wait to see the video later.

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  5. Marion Evans Inactive
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    To the point of poverty being more normal than wealth and our luck of living at this time in this place: Americans are about 4.3% of today’s world population, 320 million out of 7.4 billion. But an American living today is among the luckiest group of all the 108 billion human beings who have ever lived. So we are in the 0.3% luckiest who have ever lived. And those among us who are in the “top 10%” could be considered the luckiest 0.03% who ever lived, as far as material comfort goes. Granted that is not everything.

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  6. raycon and lindacon Inactive
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    Marion Evans:To the point of poverty being more normal than wealth and our luck of living at this time in this place: Americans are about 4.3% of today’s world population, 320 million out of 7.4 billion. But an American living today is among the luckiest group of all the 108 billion human beings who have ever lived. So we are in the 0.3% luckiest who have ever lived. And those among us who are in the “top 10%” could be considered the luckiest 0.03% who ever lived, as far as material comfort goes. Granted that is not everything.

    A better term would be “blessed”.  By whom?  God.  Why?  Because He chooses to.  Why?  Because He is sovereign, and has chosen it so, and His word defines the condition of our souls that maintain this prosperity.  How can this continue?  By our maintaining a faithfulness towards Him.

    Will it remain so?  Doubtful.

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  7. raycon and lindacon Inactive
    raycon and lindacon
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    Peter;  many thanks for bringing Dr. Sowell back to us.  We have so missed the refreshing waters of his stream of genius.

    Is Uncommon Knowledge ours once again, or will we, in the future, have to suffer the inconvenience of the WSJ?

    ps.  How can we work on getting Mitch Rosenberg back?

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  8. Stephen Dawson Inactive
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    On the SuperFeed I only get 43 minutes and six seconds of a weird repetitive noise.

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  9. John Lawton Member
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    Agreed, the podcast file appears to be corrupted. Peter, please ask to have it checked and re-post.

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  10. Marion Evans Inactive
    Marion Evans
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    Stephen Dawson:On the SuperFeed I only get 43 minutes and six seconds of a weird repetitive noise.

    John Lawton:Agreed, the podcast file appears to be corrupted. Peter, please ask to have it checked and re-post.

    I could view all of it on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGYl17DiEwo

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  11. Old Bathos Moderator
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    I liberals had put half the effort they have spent trying to pretend that Thomas Sowell is invisible into constructive social policies instead, the poverty rate would be 75% lower.

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  12. Mate De Inactive
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    The Link isn’t working

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  13. Jamie Lockett Inactive
    Jamie Lockett
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    Peter, you are quite simply one of the finest interviewers working today.

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  14. Blue Yeti Admin
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    Hi all,

    We are aware of the issue with the podcast file and will have it fixed in the next couple of hours. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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