© 2016 Jim Spence - The volume of wisdom available to those who want to learn from Thomas Sowell seems almost inexhaustible. We begin part 5 of this series on Sowell having barely scratched the surface of the depth of this remarkable American.
In the previous four parts we have spent time on what Sowell has to say about the current president and his would be successor in the Democratic Party. We have also addressed the folly of Obamacare. Most recently, we summoned Sowell's quotes to expose the utter cluelessness of Colin Kapernick, a high profile rube who embodies the failure of our education system as well that system’s partner in intellectual crime, the news media.
It is time to tidy up these messes, at least intellectually, by considering what Sowell has to say about the likes of ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Times. In the following quote he explains how these institutions get away with poisoning the minds of Americans:
“The intelligentsia in the media can decide what to emphasize, what to downplay and what to ignore entirely when it comes to race. These may be individual choices, rather than a conspiracy, but individual choices growing out of a common vision of the world can produce results all too similar to what is produced by centralized censorship or propaganda.”
When you are a consumer of news and you consume with an awareness of the emphasis or lack of emphasis on facts, the most pathetic examples of bad news outlets trying to manipulate public opinion get exposed. Sowell recognizes perhaps the most egregious violator of basic journalistic integrity with this observation on the New York Times:
“The New York Times’ long-standing motto, “All the News That’s Fit to Print” should be changed to reflect today’s reality: “Manufacturing News to Fit an Ideology.”
Sowell has also had much to say about the public education system which he has a great deal of hands on experience with. Consider this observation:
“People are all born ignorant but they are not born stupid. Much of the stupidity we see today is induced by our educational system, from the elementary schools to the universities. In a high-tech age that has seen the creation of artificial intelligence by computers, we are also seeing the creation of artificial stupidity by people who call themselves educators.”
On the cusp of September 2016, we are two months out from yet another presidential election. We shake our heads at the so-called “choices.” How could it come to this? Eight years of Barack Obama and now his replacement will either be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Sowell explains:
“The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.”
Or if you prefer, this will serve as a substitute.
“I think we're raising whole generations who regard facts as more or less optional."All of these observations and quotations on our public education system and our news media do serve a purpose. The problems with government, the economy, and social unrest are all tied to the failures of public education and the news media.
Above all else Thomas Sowell points out that America is being indoctrinated and conditioned. However, we are not taught the most basic things.
Want proof? Drive to work in the morning. You will find yourself surrounded by zombies. Nearly every day I encounter several idiots who do not maintain their traffic lanes on crowded thoroughfares. When I pull alongside to peer in their cars or trucks to determine who the hell they are, I can’t see their faces…..they have their heads down texting on their “smart” phones, only occasionally looking up to watch the road. They do this everywhere in America these days and they do so while they are operating machines that weight as much as 6,000 pounds, next to others doing the same. Our education system and news media cannot even convince millions of Americans that doing this sort of thing is insane. Accordingly, these institutions no longer serve an important purpose.