"...too many people put their pet theories ahead of flesh-and-blood human beings."
This is the conceit of government which Dr. Sowell points out over and over and over. It is not the unique province of progressives, but progressives are uniquely blind to it.
The horrible American Indian situation defies everything anthropologists know about acculturation. And the plight of inner-city, poor, mostly minority populations defies everything we know about economics. When will the architects of this idiocy be held accountable?