[[ This is one of Dr. Sowell's more disappointing columns, unless it is intended to be a two parter.
Raises questions, sure. He always does, and questioning is always good. Then he stops. He normally provides at least some suggestions. ]]
Some "problems" don't have "solutions".
At least not those which can be implemented under the guise of an "egalitarian" system as ours puports to be.
My conservative credo for years now has been:
"Reality is what it is. It is not what we believe it to be."
When Mr. Jefferson wrote his famous passage about men and "equality" back in 1776, what was he writing about?
Was it about the "reality that is what it is", or.... was it about something he believed reality could be?
I've been reading an excellent book over the past few days, titled "Into The Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa", by Ilana Mercer. A couple of excerpts:
"Just as the ugly are not ugly because the comely have robbed them of looks, the same is true for the poor; they are not poor because the rich have deprived them of wealth. Be they in athletic ability or acquisitiveness or attractiveness— differences are differences, not inequalities."
Ultimately, egalitarianism is inimical to liberty, we must learn to live with and accept enduring and “important differences between individuals and groups.”
Strong words from someone who started out as an anti-apartheid supporter, and then changed her tune after waking up to the reality of life in South Africa.
But very strong warning to Euro-Americans, as well. What has happened there, could very well happen here, if we do not recognize that pesky thing called reality, and be governed accordingly.
Mr. Sowell has spent a lifetime recognizing reality for what it is, and that's why he chooses to remain silent on "solutions" for the nation's coming racial conflicts.
I'm glad that I'm getting older, too.
The future I foresee ain't pretty.