Actually, Sowell is right on the money. The lottery of life just won't tell us who will be the successes of the future. We are not talking about individuals here. We are talking about the progress of groups of people over generations. He is talking about successful cultures and unsuccessful cultures. Whether someone who listens to classical music and have a particular moral and a particular cultural way of life will do better than another person who is brought up another way, has another moral compass and another culture. If you look at things this way, you can well understand that when the culture changes, so do the individuals in it.