I wrote a 5-part series on Sowell that consolidates the various pieces I wrote about him — and added a great deal more. Here’s Part 1 in case you’d like to start there.
It’s fitting that the origin of this title began with a typo, as the disciple ignored the “gutless” that preceded it.
Glorifying themselves by flagrantly ignoring inconvenient information is protocol for these people.
They’re bullshitters by definition:
Bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant.
I’m like a gymnast, I’m into degree of difficulty
— Larry Bird
I don’t know how you find slinging snippets of certitude so satisfying — as I love the demands of difficulty and discernment.
To not step up my game in the midst of opportunity or challenge — would be tantamount to treason upon my very existence.
His disciples have no such notion — as defending the faith is all that matters in Thomas Sowell: The Religion. They regurgitate the gospel by mindlessly countering with boilerplate beliefs that have no bearing on the issue in question.
Sowell’s disciples have absolutely no idea what he said on the subject below.
That wouldn’t be so bad, if when presented with evidence on dimensions of artillery rockets and material properties of centrifuge rotors — they didn’t smugly cite his books on economics, race, and whatnot.
Wisdom of The Deer Hunter
Stanley, see this? This is this! This ain’t somethin’ else — THIS IS THIS!
And this is just priceless
Even if he said that stuff, your entire diatribe smacks of the now classic modern progressive tactic of taking a single mistake by anyone whose views they don’t like and using that one error in judgement to try and discredit ALL their work. Everyone is human and at least occasionally shows poor judgement.
Who said I disagreed with his work?
Outside of butchering the debate on Iraq WMD — and his partisan hackery in flagrantly ignoring his own camp’s abominable behavior, record of recklessness, systematic lying, and hypocrisy that knows no bounds . . .
I haven’t come across anything I object to.
And I sure as hell wouldn’t be qualified to debate Thomas Sowell on economics. But on WMD, your National Treasure would get an ass-kicking for the ages:
Everyone is human and at least occasionally shows poor judgement . . .
That’s fine — as long as you acknowledge the error and accept the accountability that comes with it.
For such devout followers — surely you must know that responsibility and accountability are pretty big themes running through his routine.
Or are those standards just for people you don’t like?
In response to a topic that involves uranium enrichment (an industry where fractions of a millimeter matter) — does this sound like something that rises to the level of counterargument?
Thomas Sowell is considered our country’s leading living intellectual, with ground-breaking contributions to economics, psychology, history, political science and sociology.
What does any of THAT have to do with the price of tea in China — or THIS?
A sample of the information available by July 10, 2004 (date of article above):
You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf it was apricot
You had one eye in the mirror
As you watched yourself gavotte . . .
Seduced by the Secretary
However absurd the bullshit around Black Lives Matter — those emotions are deeply woven into the fabric of America’s long history of brutality and disgrace . . .
Slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, murder, decades of civil rights violations, questionable shootings, and so on . . .
While the Right won’t even look at the material properties of a tube: The manipulation of which f$@*#% up the future of the entire world.
What’s wrong with that picture — and this one?
Hmm, so the dimensions exactly match the tubes used in Iraq’s history of manufacturing the Nasser-81mm artillery rocket (a reverse-engineered version of the Italian Medusa).
Be quite a coincidence if they weren’t . . .
Ya know, connected
Making It Up As You Go
Well I hear you went up to Saratoga
And your horse naturally won
Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well you’re where you should be all the time
Myth Over Merit . . .
I like Coleman Hughes and he does good work — but he doesn’t know Thomas Sowell like he thinks he does. None of you do.
And the self-importance of people like Sowell just kills me — how they sit there acting like they’re Senators from Krypton.
That’s not knocking appearance just for kicks — as the look and language is all part of . . .
And This — is Conformity 101
Ice-cold partisan hackery wrapped in the warmth of a “white lab coat” . . .
This abomination of a human being didn’t come out of nowhere.
Sowell seasoned his poppycock with all the proper pleasantries for non-confrontational confrontation . . .
Issuing flowery fluff like “What is surprising, however . . .” and “not readily apparent” — enchantingly spinning this “way of life” of the Left:
As he brazenly ignored the debauchery in his own camp — creating the conditions for Trump to come along and take depravity to new depths.
And why mess with tradition?
It ain’t just yahoos on YouTube who delight in the Safety Dance of Self-Delusion. Even a well-known person I once held in high regard — couldn’t muster up a molecule of courage to consider questions that soil his spotless Sowell.
As Glenn Loury once called my writing “brilliant” and was “blown away” by my site — I thought he’d at least hear me out.
When you see a sentence like “Not a trace of Thomas Sowell’s ‘follow the facts’ claim to fame can be found on the most world-altering topic of our time.” . . .
“I have no idea what you’re talking about” is not the mark of an intellectual giant (or an intellectual on any level).
Sowell is a great man because of his books. I stand by that. you want to refute his books — go ahead. I’m listening.
Oh, I see — you wanna confine his record to a box of beliefs that suit you, and ignore anything that doesn’t. So the rules of argument you espouse on a daily basis don’t apply to you . . .
You’ll find the full email in What a Fool Believes He Sees — my response to Loury’s utterly ridiculous defense.
Anybody can “follow the facts” when they’re going in the direction you desire.
Only the genuine article takes the trail no matter where it leads — and they damn sure don’t fuss over tone along the way.
- 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.
In 100% of the replies in defense of Thomas Sowell on this issue — not one person has even remotely hinted at addressing the argument.
That is a gross breach of the very principles upon which they put him on a pedestal:
As with this Grade-A horseshit I was met with today and untold times before.
If Sowell’s disciples had the courage of conviction, it would be easy to share this information. They’d take a look at the evidence and follow the facts where they lead — and hold him accountable for miserably failing to live up to the principles he promotes.
And I wouldn’t have to write the same story 10 different ways — only to be met with more peddling of your pearls of wisdom.
Nobody who wanted to know the truth would make it IMPOSSIBLE to tell it.
Even on the most clear-cut evidence imaginable, you’ll find a way to muddy the waters — gleefully gutting reality with your goddamn greed to feel right about everything you think.
The cat . . . TOTALLY OUT OF THE BAG!
And the ultimate irony is — you could turn Sowell into the great man you believe him to be, and all you have to do is follow the standards he espouses.
But that would require you to look at the bigger picture:
For nearly 20 years — I’ve faced nothing but contempt for telling the truth on Iraq WMD (truth that nails both Democrats and Republicans to the wall).
Of all those in that crowd that I’ve challenged on WMD — their knowledge combined could fit into a thimble with space to spare.
I didn’t write Mentality of a Mob from my imagination — just like I didn’t write this poem from it either:
It’s not anti-war — It’s pro-thinking
Believe it or not, the best way to serve your interests is to first and foremost — hold your own accountable. If you wanna make the opposition look bad, try looking good. If you wanna have the moral high ground, try earning it:
The moral high ground, in ethical or political parlance, refers to the status of being respected for remaining moral, and adhering to and upholding a universally recognized standard of justice or goodness.
There’s a classic scene in Seinfeld that delightfully illustrates the divide between declarations of virtue and delivering on them
Alas, I feel the need to point out that I’m not saying these people are stupid — I’m saying their behavior is, and that they’re insulting their own intelligence by blind belief.
It’s indefensible! Don’t you know that?
Tolstoy wasn’t talking about me
Whatever crap you’ve got cued up for your rapid-fire ridicule — I’ve seen it all before.
I know your type — all too well
Say, we can go where we want to
A place where they will never find
And we can act like we come from out of this world
Leave the real one far behind . . .
We can go when we want to
The night is young and so am I
And we can dress real neat from our hats to our feet
And surprise ’em with the victory cry
Say, we can act if we want to
If we don’t, nobody will
And you can act real rude and totally removed
And I can act like an imbecile
The United States is now a country obsessed with the worship of its own ignorance. . . . we’re proud of not knowing things. Americans have reached a point where ignorance, especially of anything related to public policy, is an actual virtue. To reject the advice of experts is to assert autonomy, a way for Americans to insulate their increasingly fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong about anything.
It is a new Declaration of Independence: no longer do we hold these truths to be self-evident, we hold all truths to be self-evident, even the ones that aren’t true. All things are knowable and every opinion on any subject is as good as any other.
We no longer have those principled and informed arguments. The foundational knowledge of the average American is now so low that it has crashed through the floor of “uninformed,” passed “misinformed” on the way down, and is now plummeting to “aggressively wrong.” People don’t just believe dumb things; they actively resist further learning rather than let go of those beliefs.
I was not alive in the Middle Ages, so I cannot say it is unprecedented, but within my living memory I’ve never seen anything like it.