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Sowell Does It Again

Celebrate Homogeneity Wrote: Apr 06, 2013 6:45 AM
In a medical specialist office, the race question makes sense. A haematologist, for example, is not going to screen for Taye-Sachs in a Filipino, or for Sickle Cell Anemia in a Caucasian.

I plunged into Thomas Sowell's latest book "Intellectuals and Race" immediately upon its arrival but soon realized that I needed to slow down. Many writers express a few ideas with a great cataract of words. Sowell is the opposite. Every sentence contains at least one insight or fascinating statistic, frequently more than one. His newest offering is only 139 pages (excluding notes), but tackles a huge question -- the damage that bad ideas on matters of race peddled by self-satisfied intellectuals have had and continue to have on the world.

Race is almost a national psychosis for Americans, distorting our...