In an interview set to air Sunday night, 90-year-old libertarian economist Thomas Sowell declared, among other things, that the increasingly popular concept of systemic racism “has no meaning.”
Sowell was born into deep poverty in North Carolina. He grew up in Harlem, attended the Stuyvesant magnet school, and moved on to the Ivy League and the University of Chicago. Since then, his work on free-market economics has been widely revered within the conservative and libertarian communities.
Sowell explained to “Life Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin that the left’s claim that America is beleaguered by systemic racism is an amorphous, meaningless concept that cannot be “tested” or proven empirically.
“You hear this phrase, ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression’,” Levin began. “You hear it on our college campuses. You hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars. What does that mean? And whatever it means, is it true?”
“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,” Sowell answered, adding that the phrase’s growing ubiquity reminds him of “propaganda tactics” of Nazi Germany, especially the concept of a lie being “repeated long enough and loud enough” in order to eventually be widely accepted as truth.
Sowell also agreed with Levin’s theory that most Black Lives Matter protesters do not actually live in the communities they claim to support and only go there to “hand out turkeys” at Thanksgiving while they live among the “oppressors.”
“They’re absolute hypocrites,” Levin said. “They claim they want equality for all. They claim that there’ll be the withering away of the … police departments … and yet every time you look at a Marxist state, it is an authoritarian, top-down, centralized police state.”
Sowell also had some words regarding Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency, warning that “if the election goes to [Joe] Biden, there’s a good chance that the Democrats will control [Congress] and considering the kinds of things that they’re proposing, that could well be the point of no return for this country.”
In a 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Sowell described President Donald Trump as “the first Republican who’s made any serious attempt to get the black vote by addressing problems that affect most blacks who are trying to do the right thing—such as education, which is such low-hanging fruit.”
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