School of Sowell

About once a year, we get a visit from the master himself, the great Thomas Sowell. This year’s session is on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Charter Schools And Their Enemies  and more importantly, his 90th(!) birthday on June 30th. We talk about the success of charter schools despite the teacher’s union and America’s worst mayor doing everything they can to undermine them. Then Ricochet’s Senior Supreme Court and Legal Analyst John Yoo joins to break down last week’s curious DACA and Bostock decisions. Finally, some thoughts on statues.

We’re off next week for the holiday. Stay safe everyone!

Music from this week’s show: Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley

 

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  1. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    always had Rob pegged as the “I Gave My Love a Cherry” type vs. Lileks

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    • June 26, 2020, at 3:17 PM PDT
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  2. Quintus Sertorius Coolidge

    Yes!!!!!!! The master indeed!!! Can’t wait to listen!! Thank you so so so much for having/getting Thomas Sowell on the program!! Mr. Robinson I have watched your Uncommon Knowledge interviews with Dr. Sowell hundreds of times and had my students watch them!!!! This is awesome!!!!

    Love the Image as well!!!!

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    • June 26, 2020, at 3:34 PM PDT
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  3. Brent Chambers Member

    Best graphics in a long, long time!!! Love it!!

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    • June 26, 2020, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  4. Mr. Michael Garrett Lincoln

    Only a few seconds in, but I am delighted to learn that Dr. Sowell and my late father were born on the same day.

     

    • #4
    • June 26, 2020, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  5. kedavis Member

    What happened to LAST WEEK’S Post Of The Week? It still doesn’t show up in the sidebar.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 5:50 PM PDT
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  6. Mark Alexander Lincoln

    Politicians and teacher unions oppose charter schools for the same reason they embrace govt-controlled public schools–They both are succeeding, in different ways, at an alarming rate!

    Walter Karp: “When 58 percent of the thirteen-year-olds tested by the National Assessment for Educational Progress think it is against the law to start a third party in America, we are dealing not with a sad educational failure but with a remarkably subtle success.” Why Johnny Can’t Think: The Politics of Bad Schooling

    https://sourcetext.com/why-johnny-cant-think/

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    • June 26, 2020, at 5:57 PM PDT
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  7. Blue Yeti Admin

    kedavis (View Comment):

    What happened to LAST WEEK’S Post Of The Week? It still doesn’t show up in the sidebar.

    Fixed!

    • #7
    • June 26, 2020, at 6:00 PM PDT
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  8. Jules PA Member

    I love Sowell, and that cover pic is freaking awesome. 

    And everyone watch the movie Uncle Tom. Fantastic!

    • #8
    • June 26, 2020, at 7:05 PM PDT
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  9. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
    Douglas Pratt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    John Yoo is a peach. More of him, please.

    • #9
    • June 26, 2020, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  10. Full Size Tabby Member

    John Yoo AND Thomas Sowell! Must put at top of my listening priority for the weekend.

    • #10
    • June 26, 2020, at 7:38 PM PDT
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  11. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Brent Chambers (View Comment):

    Best graphics in a long, long time!!! Love it!!

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    I love Sowell, and that cover pic is freaking awesome.

    What we mean to say is, “Thanks for the T-shirt!”

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    • June 26, 2020, at 7:59 PM PDT
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  12. kedavis Member

    Thank you, @peterrobinson, for repeating your LAST name near the end of the Sowell interview. I wasn’t sure which Peter I was hearing.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 8:16 PM PDT
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  13. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I doubt Peter ever dressed like that. But I feel certain that if so, college graduation certainly put an end to such lackadaisical haberdashery.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  14. SParker Member

    Man, I hurt myself trying to anticipate where James was going with tents in the city park and the feeling that you can’t do anything about it. Seemed the natural destination was an awful pun on “impotent.” But that did not happen. And I’ve lost precious brain cells in the attempt to come up with one. I want them back. (Is the awful pun in the missing couple of minutes at the end? Is that why they’re missing?)

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    • June 26, 2020, at 9:27 PM PDT
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  15. Blue Yeti Admin

    SParker (View Comment):
    Man, I hurt myself trying to anticipate where James was going with tents in the city park and the feeling that you can’t do anything about it. Seemed the natural destination was an awful pun on “impotent.” But that did not happen. And I’ve lost precious brain cells in the attempt to come up with one. I want them back. (Is the awful pun in the missing couple of minutes at the end? Is that why they’re missing?

    James will have answer where he was going, but the clips at the end are not missing audio, they’re just outtakes recorded while we were in between segments or before we started.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 9:31 PM PDT
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  16. Blue Yeti Admin

    I have been asked to post this photo to dispel any rumors that the image of @johnyoo in the Photoshop above was not manipulated in any way:

     

    • #16
    • June 26, 2020, at 9:36 PM PDT
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  17. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Great podcast, predictably.

    You want pessimism? Those charter schools represent the next generation; not the generations currently challenged with stopping an avalanche of lawless officials, violent mobs, hatemongering “charities”, censorship and extortion, attempted coups, etc.

    For republican government and American liberty to survive until those students enter the working world and vote, the good Lord will have to radically transform both Left and Right in record time. Public society is quickly proceeding from indoctrination to intimidation and destruction.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 9:37 PM PDT
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  18. James Lileks Contributor

    SParker (View Comment):
    Man, I hurt myself trying to anticipate where James was going with tents in the city park and the feeling that you can’t do anything about it. Seemed the natural destination was an awful pun on “impotent.” But that did not happen. And I’ve lost precious brain cells in the attempt to come up with one.

    Sorry. I cut myself off because I figured I was ranting and treading on the patience of Rob and Peter, and didn’t want to get too dramatic about the inevitable lesson in these instances of civil disorder: there is no one I can call who will listen. The dispossessed can live in the park and use the trees for a toilet three yards from where the children play, and I’d best examine my privilege if I have a problem with that. Previously we had an arrangement: I pay my taxes, and they don’t take my house. Now it seems as if I am expected to acquiesce to the trashing of public spaces, public monuments, private businesses, and get used to boards over windows spattered with all manner of juicy assertions, because, well, you know, there are more important things for my elected representatives to do.

    We had a deal: high taxes in exchange for efficient public services. Now people in my neighborhood are feeling like Lando complaining to Vader. The deal has been altered. Pray they do not alter it further.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 10:37 PM PDT
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  19. Tedley Member

    When I was recently asked for names of people who I think they should follow or read, Mr. Sowell’s name was the first. I’m thrilled that he’s still publishing!

    I forwarded this quote from Mr. Sowell to a couple of friends: “Lenin once said that the capitalist will sell you the rope with which to hang him. Today, in these more politically-correct times, the socially-responsible capitalist will donate the rope with which to hang him.” (34 minutes into the podcast)

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    • June 26, 2020, at 11:02 PM PDT
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  20. kedavis Member

    Or better yet, just hang himself so nobody else needs to bother.

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    • June 26, 2020, at 11:09 PM PDT
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  21. RufusRJones Member

    The reason the education system exists is to steal from the tax payer and the students and for indoctrination.

    This is like the third explanation I’ve heard about DACA. I just cannot believe how comprehensively illegal this thing is. Any Republican that supports any of this is out of their mind. Another breakdown of civil society and good government like we expect in the West.

     

     

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    • June 27, 2020, at 2:20 AM PDT
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  22. Arahant Member

    Great show. Always good to hear from Thomas Magnus. And John Yoo brings a very sunny presence to the podcast.

    James, buck up, man. Anything that can’t go on forever won’t. Don’t set the park on fire yet.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 2:44 AM PDT
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  23. Thaddeus Wert Coolidge

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    I have been asked to post this photo to dispel any rumors that the image of @johnyoo in the Photoshop above was not manipulated in any way:

    I thought for sure the exit song would be REM’s Gardening At Night for this episode.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:15 AM PDT
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  24. Blue Yeti Admin

    Thaddeus Wert (View Comment):
    I thought for sure the exit song would be REM’s Gardening At Night for this episode.

    If Thomas Sowell wasn’t on this episode, it would have been. Actually tried to put it under John’s intro, but it didn’t really work.

     

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:25 AM PDT
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  25. A-Squared Inactive

    Charter school advocates are the ones that believe black lives actually matter, while DeBlasio, the teachers’ unions, and the NAACP clearly believe that black lives don’t matter that much.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:28 AM PDT
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  26. ToryWarWriter Thatcher

    Gorsuch is a Libertarian guy, the fact that he voted to expand Gay rights, should not be a shock to anyone, and the fact that so many people seemed to be shocked by his decision, just goes to show me how few conservatives pay any attention at all.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 8:49 AM PDT
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  27. Wolfsheim Member

    It occurs to me that Dr. Sowell was still 37 when I was in Seoul, Korea, where Prof. Yuu had been born a few months before…Despite all of the madness, these two voices of reason can give us hope, faint as it may be…I wish there had been more discussion about the lawlessness being condoned for political ends, namely the defeat of Donald Trump and the triumph of the deranged left, its puppet figure being Joe Biden… I live far away from America and thus may see what it is occurring in overly dramatic terms, and yet this time the madness seems to be of a different dimension–and far more threatening for the future of the republic. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 9:14 AM PDT
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  28. Henry Castaigne Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):
    The deal has been altered. Pray they do not alter it further.

    It's the way he acts like he didn't do anything that's gets me, and he could at least make the originals more available so I don't have to go find a VCR

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    • June 27, 2020, at 10:23 AM PDT
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  29. Bishop Wash Member

    It think it was Mr. Sowell who years ago was demonstrating how young the country was by saying that he’d been around for one third of it. Have a happy ninetieth birthday.

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    • June 27, 2020, at 12:18 PM PDT
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  30. Blondie Thatcher

    Excellent podcast, guys! @roblong, you know your gov. has declared NC a “no go zone”. Make sure you quarantine when you get back to NYC. HAHA! Enjoy our beaches. 

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    • June 27, 2020, at 1:13 PM PDT
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