Dr. Sowell, thank you as always for your clear thinking and analysis. What seems to be missing in political thought (an oxymoron) is the basic understanding of human nature which the bible and religion have always dealt with. It is the secularization of the society that glosses over such consideration. Obama was elected with the fervent hope that the racial divide could be healed. Instead it has widened. After reading Shelby Steel's "White Guilt", it couldn't be more clear how racism still exist, manifested by liberal policy thinking of blacks as a monolithic group that needs special treatment and the exploitation that results from that. The Left has neither superior wisdom nor virtue.