Archive for June 2nd, 2012

Fortunately, a few weeks ago Dr. Thomas Sowell once again joined Uncommon Knowledge. Together with Peter Robinson he discussed one of his favorite topics, the role of intellectuals in society. If you like, you can watch the whole interview or some highlights below:

Intellect is not wisdom.

All of us only have a narrow range within which we may be great, but a few steps outside that range we are completely lost.

The percentage of cabinet appointments who had experience in the private sector: administration of Dwight Eisenhower almost 60 percent, George W. Bush over 50 percent, Barack Obama barely 20 percent.

The whole discussion reminded me of two other brilliant sentences by Dr. Sowell:

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.

There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.

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