Breakfast in America: March 7, 2012

Super Wednesday! No…wait…

  • Thomas Sowell continues his effort to make superficial observations while pretending to be an intellectual. This time he eulogizes James Q. Wilson, a conservative hero (and two-time national debate champion) who actually was one of the smartest political analysts ever. Sowell focuses on Wilson’s work in the field of crime and takes a number of Wilson’s throwaway lines that suggest that poverty and crime are not linked and completely ignores Wilson’s actual recommendations that police should not be a centralized crack-down, invasion force, but rather a community presence and that investments are needed to repair inner cities because decay and neglect contributes to crime. Sowell apparently didn’t get to that part of Wilson’s work because it would have involved the difficult task of reading his books rather than making up numbers to justify his discredited economic theories.

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