Monday, 11 January 2010

Thomas Sowell on intellectuals and society

From the Hoover Institution and The National Review Online comes this series of videos in which the great economist Thomas Sowell introduces his new book, Intellectuals and Society. Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

In Chapter 1 of 5 he expounds on what he calls “the fatal misstep of intellectuals.”

Chapter 2 of 5 Thomas Sowell offers examples of why intellectuals are so often wrong about economics.

Chapter 3 of 5 What is the vision to which contemporary intellectuals subscribe? Thomas Sowell responds.

Chapter 4 of 5 Thomas Sowell reasons that intellectuals certainly can renounce war, “and that does not stop your neighbor from building up the biggest army in the world and coming in and killing you.”

Chapter 5 of 5 Thomas Sowell explains how the demand for public intellectuals is largely manufactured by the public intellectuals themselves.

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