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Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays by Thomas Sowell

By Thomas Sowell

A suite of essays that discusses such concerns because the media, immigration, the minimal salary and multiculturalism.

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Actually, many animals behave in ways which suggest that love is important to them as well, not only among their own species but also with human beings. Stories of dogs who have rescued or defended their owners, even at the cost of their lives, go back for centuries. Why is love so out of fashion with the intelligentsia and others who are striving to be "with it"? Love is one of those bonds which enable people to function and societies to flourish-without being directed from above. Love is one of the many ways we influence each other and work out our interrelated lives without the help of the anointed.

It has become part of the unexamined assumptions underlying public policy and even decisions in courts of law. Who would be surprised that people from different cultural backgrounds are "represented" differently in different jobs, colleges, or income levels, except for the unspoken assumption that these different cultures are equally effective for all things? Yet you need only turn on the television set and watch professional basketball to realize that one segment of the population plays the game a lot better than others.

Its per capita income was double that in the Ivory Coast. But, after a couple of decades under different economic systems, the bottom 20 percent of people in the Ivory Coast had higher incomes than 6o percent of the people in Ghana. Halfway around the world, it was much the same story in Southeast Asia. Burma once had a higher per capita income than Thailand, until Burma went socialist. Today, Thailand's per capita income is 5 times that of Burma. Economic inefficiency is by no means the worst aspect of socialistic government.

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