Jason L Riley has written “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell”. I have not read the book yet but have heard Jason Riley talking about it on a couple of interviews. Having heard those, I have no hesitation recommending the book itself to you if you can afford to get it and are so inclined, and to have it on my “To Read” list which at the moment would take about a century for me to acquire and finish.
There is one thing I would like you to take notice of. Thomas Sowell always went by the facts, empirical evidence, testing the facts, digging into the data, asking elucidating questions and most of all, he was not afraid of whatever truth might be unearthed. I have observed too often that people have this great tropism towards truth and veering steeply away when they find it not to their liking. Worse, they might veer away after being told by leaders that they trust for some nebulous reason that the naked truth right before their very eyes is not truth at all.
This is why people avoid discussing Biblical truths, ignore facts about the Mongols painstakingly discovered by people like Jack Weatherford, give lip service to “The Art of War”, demonize Machiavelli and applaud Richard A Epstein for his insights and wisdom as to how the legal profession ought to apply itself to its task but ignore him when it comes to application.
I am not an academic. I depend on academics, who have done the dirty work carefully and dispassionately piecing facts and data and then interpreting them rightly and sharing their discoveries with the rest of us. I call myself a pracademic, meaning I don’t simply accept what any particular academic says but ask second-order questions since that is all I can do at the moment.That is why I lean more to what people like Steve E Koonin, Jay Bhattacharya, Scott Atlas and so forth have to say. They make more sense to me.
Continue your quest for truth, if that is what interests you. Do not be afraid of what you might find. Decide to decide to take positive action when you do discover truth, much of which would have been presented to you, since most non-academics have to work, raise families, and so forth. Come join me as a subscriber today, and become wiser as we go. If you are Singaporean, remember, I said we are five million. We need to heft fifty million or even five hundred million if we are to thrive in the coming years. Up to it?
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