What a fool believes he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
18 years ago I declared bankruptcy. I tried to pay it back 16 years later when I was finally in a position to do so. The banks had no way of setting it up, but I sincerely tried.
I was free and clear long ago — why would I do that?
When I told a couple of my best friends about it at the time — one was understanding and the other assailed me for it.
He was harsh but the underlying truth was undeniable.
He held me to my own standards and I’m damn glad he did. He didn’t care about Trump’s bankruptcies though — funny how that works when it comes to politics.
But I don’t care — I don’t set my standards relative to what others do.
My Two Sides of the Same Counterfeit Coin series would not exist without the inspiration from Glenn Loury. In fact, this whole site was partly inspired by him.
I hope you keep that in mind — as I call Glenn out for miserably failing to follow his own standards. Unlike looking at the underlying truth as I did with my friend, Glenn took the easy way out.
A lot of that goin’ around
I had hoped for better from someone who did this in 1984:
Anybody can make arguments all day long — how you respond to arguments that threaten your interests . . .
That — separates the real deal from the rest
If you’re unwilling to change your mind in the face of evidence that warrants it — you have no business asking anyone else to.
Keep these definitions in mind:
An assertion is just a point of view, an opinion. An argument goes further. An argument is a point of view supported by reasons that demonstrate the view is a good one
A [maverick] is a person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she belongs
It’s not “Sowell’s Ways on Some Things but Not on Others” in the subtitle.
The cover and the religion around this guy — implies he’s a “maverick” in the totality of his life. Never mind his long record of hackery on the biggest and most costly lie in modern history.
I wrote and produced the most comprehensive documentary ever done on this topic — all others combined don’t even come close to the granularity of mine.
So yeah, I know what I’m talking about.
Hero-worshippers who have no idea what they’re talking about outside their lane — heap praise upon their precious “maverick” . . .
For stepping outside of his:
Lending credence to Sowell’s credibility on things he knows nothing about.
He flagrantly failed to follow the facts on the most demonstrably provable evidence you can get — and brazenly ignored the debauchery in his own camp to politely pounce on the other.
So his record of partisan hackery flies in the face of everything McWhorter said below.
The endless bullshit I have dealt with for nearly 20 years on this issue is bad enough — then this [$#%^^>)* _ #!*&%-@+$] comes along and acts like the Right is a bastion of civility and sound argument.
I have been treated with nothing but disdain for almost 2 decades on this world-altering topic — and Maverick acts like I imagined it all.
All of which is bad enough — but then I gotta deal with the army of sycophants who kiss his ass.
they just never stop sucking up to this fraud
Sowell is a great man because of his books. I stand by that. you want to refute his books — go ahead. I’m listening . . .
O.J. was a great football playball — so I guess I should just ignore the rest.
So you’ll only listen as long as you can confine the conversation to what works for you.
So no, you’re not listening.
Black Lives Matter — they’re not either. And if you won’t, why should they? Why should anyone?
You set your own rules — they set theirs.
So you can hail your hero as you ignore his history of party-line bullshit — and brazenly ignoring the debauchery in his own camp.
Flagrantly and repeatedly failing to “follow the facts” . . .
On an issue of world-altering consequence, no less.
A “great man” would not have his egregious hypocrisy and gross negligence plastered all over my website.
A “great man” would not bask in baseless beliefs that cripple the country — and have the bottomless nerve to talk about responsibility to boot.
America is infected with the plague of wishful thinking — framing the “debate” in whatever way works in your favor.
You’re not part of the solution — you’re part of the problem.
I have no idea what you’re talking about. How do you expect someone to respond to such a rant.
I expect you to follow your own standards and think it through — not make excuses for why you won’t.
And since you’re following my “brilliant” work that you were “blown away” by, I figured you might have read some of it by now.
You said that they had no argument against your [R]ebuttal to Brown University’s letter on racism in the United States . . .
Neither do you
I can get this from any jackass on Safe-Space Central — I expected a helluva better from you.
It’s only a “rant” because that’s what you need it to be — so you can write it off and preserve what you want to see.
Why am I so pissed off?
Because this is the end of the series and I knew the end result all along.
No regrets — I’m glad I wrote it and I’m eternally grateful to Glenn and others who inspired it.
I had to try — I always do
And while I’m certainly not giving up, it’s just disappointing to once again be reminded of how there’s no one of influence who has the courage to call a spade a spade.
There’s always something people are unwilling to risk — and they’ll rationalize it away to fabricate their own reality.
Look around: That’s why America has become the clusterf$#% that it is.
You want everybody else to do their part, but you don’t wanna do yours. The opposition is the cause of America’s decline — you had nothin’ to do with it, naturally.
You want them to take responsibility for their role in this mess, but not you.
Never you — your hands are clean as can be.
I was so inspired by what Glenn did in 1984 — I thought that maybe, just maybe — this guy had the guts to do what needs to be done.
But I know human nature
I have an idea that could make a major impact — and it won’t even be discussed. You’re all too busy Tweeting and talking about things that get us nowhere.
Jesus, just how many times are you gonna talk about the same ol’ subjects, with the same ol’ people, in the same ol’ ways . . .
Before you wake up and realize it’s not working?
Or does it even matter?
I’m beginning to think this guy was right about it being just for “entertainment purposes.” I don’t wanna believe it — but no serious-minded problem solver would go about it the way you guys do.
You only understand the dimensions of the problem within the domain of your expertise — and you have no chance of accomplishing anything that way.
Moreover, you’re making it worse
I explained all that throughout the series. So before you instantly fire back with “I have no idea what you’re talking about” . . .
Seek to understand before you seek to be understood
I wrote the jarring email below to get Glenn’s attention. I confirmed what I really knew all along — and hoped I was wrong.
My response to Glenn:
So you’re telling me that if one half of a person’s record is a “maverick” — but he’s a hack in the other half, it doesn’t matter?
What McWhorter said below is not true. You both made judgments outside the realm of his expertise and yours — and it’s simply not true.
That is what I am refuting — and that is fair game.
I have an idea that’s unlike anything ever done — and Thomas Sowell is key to it.
Glenn, I hope to God you’re better than this — that instead of trying something that could turn the tide, you’d protect a reputation that isn’t real.
If you do what I’m asking — Sowell’s name will be known to the entire world for good, and “the bad” won’t matter.
It won’t matter that Sowell blew it on WMD or why — all that matters is having the guts to say, “I was wrong — and I’m trying to make it right.”
That’s exponentially more powerful than had he been right in the first place.
It’s time to start solving problems instead of endlessly talking about them and getting nowhere. In fact, you’re actually making it worse — as I explain in the link below and throughout the series.
Do what I have in mind — and your reputations and status will soar worldwide.
That shouldn’t even factor into it — all you should care about is doing what’s right. But this is human nature, so I know the obstacles involved.
Jason Riley has rendered an enormous service by providing a compelling . . . biography
It’s not compelling at all when you look at the whole story.
It’s just preposterous to write a biography and blatantly ignore a huge hole in its premise
So he did a colossal disservice by adding to the illusion around this man (dumbing down the minds of those who blindly follow).
Self-delusion is driving this nation into the ground. Don’t help it along.
Thank you for your time.
Richard W. Memmer
Hard to Imagine
This pompous son of a bitch, I swear
P.S. Getting to the truth should not be this difficult, and people like Sowell helped make it nearly impossible.
That’s the culture that we’ve become — and he helped by peddling poppycock and people buying it.
That’s bad enough — but after nearly 20 years of battling this bullshit, I discover great minds who are mostly reasonable — only to find that you play the same game in casually perpetuating beliefs that aren’t true.
You didn’t follow your own standards.
A lot of that goin’ around too
Birds of a Feather
I’m trying to cut you some slack — but there’s no way you shouldn’t have known about Sowell’s other side.
I’m sick of America’s over-the-top praise for the wildly unworthy.
Anyone worth this ridiculous hero-worship — wouldn’t want it, as they’d have a helluva lot higher expectations of their supporters.
What John McWhorter said below is not even remotely true. Virtually every major problem in America is plagued by decades of manufactured beliefs.
So while you’re trying to cut through these myths — you’re not only creating more, you’re unwittingly helping to further calcify the ones you’re battling against.
You have a chance to actually accomplish something — and you’re gonna piss it away to protect what’s not even real.
But what do I know — I don’t have a market.