Thomas Sowell on Intellectuals and Society

  • Am Vor 12 years

    Hoover InstitutionHoover Institution

    The author of more than a dozen books, Dr. Sowell is now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. In his newest work, Intellectuals and Society, he will discuss why so many disasters of our time have been committed by experts or intellectuals. You may remember FDRs Brain Trust which according to later studies is a prolonged the depression by several years. The wiz kids at the pentagon under McNamara who managed to mess up the Vietnam War, you can run through an impressive list of things, of disasters brought about by people with very high IQs

Greg O'Grady
Greg O'Grady

This is an amazing interview. The host never interrupts, belittles, or yells at his guest even when he disagrees indeed it is hard to even tell when he disagrees. What a wonderful way to conduct an interview I wish news media outlets would take note.

Vor 9 years
Truth vs. falsehood
Truth vs. falsehood

Thomas Sowell is an American treasure.

Vor 6 years
The Rave Music Archive
The Rave Music Archive

This is an absolute joy to watch in 2020. Oh how the world needs more Thomas Sowells.

Vor year
:Pascal.
:Pascal.

He's so wise that he doesn't spend any time trying to convince you, he just lays the facts on the table.

Vor year
Besto2000
Besto2000

There’s nothing older than the idea that “this is new” -Thomas Sowell

Vor 4 years
buybuydandavis
buybuydandavis

"It is far easier to concentrate power than it is to concentrate knowledge." Wow. That's a good quote.

Vor 6 years
Jake Jakey
Jake Jakey

thomas sowell is honestly one of the best americans of our generation

Vor 4 years
veredude
veredude

When I listen to Dr. Sowell, I'm reminded that America's divide is NOT racial, as much as it is cultural.

Vor 11 years
Sequential Treasures
Sequential Treasures

"When you spend a decade writing a 900 page book, something is bugging you!" Absolutely brilliant... as well as very funny, too. :)

Vor 9 years
Derek
Derek

"You can become President with no contact with economic reality." Awesome.

Vor 9 years
Daniel Gallardo
Daniel Gallardo

Can we take a moment to compliment the interviewer? Not only is he well spoken and well read of Sowell's work, but he asks terrific questions with quotations from Sowell's body of work. And he allows Sowell the necessary amount of time to elaborate his answer.

Vor year
Jackson Henry
Jackson Henry

"Gun control is like OSHA for burglars.." Well said Mr. Sowell!

Vor 9 years
Matt Turner
Matt Turner

Sowell is a true scholar, but one who forms opinions on facts, evidence, and in his case a bit of personal experience. This is what I always pictured a college professor to be!

Vor year
Fred Orman
Fred Orman

Dr Sowell inspires me but the fact that he is aging and we can’t keep him with us also saddens me.

Vor year
Rob True
Rob True

Sowell:   Depth of knowledge expressed with minimum words.  Also, expert yet unfailingly polite debater. Well done Professor .

Vor 7 years
Rob True
Rob True

oops, I mean thank-you Professor.

Vor 7 years
MJ Calderon
MJ Calderon

The clearest, most pragmatic, and cogent thinker on the issues of race, economics, and politics of the last half-century.

Vor 5 years
Dreadarmy Gaming
Dreadarmy Gaming

Watching this again almost 10 years after it was posted.... and it seems like it could have been posted yesterday. So topical and on point for today's political climate.

Vor 2 years
jlilly1961
jlilly1961

Dr. Sowell is my hero.

Vor 7 years
Kamilla K
Kamilla K

jlilly1961 mine too! :)

Vor 5 years
Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth

@jlilly1961 Mine too!!

Vor 6 years
Jack Karakelian
Jack Karakelian

Sowell is a national treasure. His books should be included in every high school and college curriculums as required reading. Our country would be MUCH better off.

Vor year
Media Sawdust
Media Sawdust

"There's nothing older than the idea that this is new." Fantastic quote.

Vor 4 years
AGH
AGH

"He is happy with the data that he got, why would he go further?" That statement sums up so much that is going wrong in this country. Please go further, please seek information from all sides, be a thinker. It's a gift we all innately share but to few choose to utilize. 🇺🇲

Vor 2 years
K Manwarren
K Manwarren

Thomas Sowell reminds me that I am not an idiot when it comes to my life...the intellectuals outside of their field are.

Vor year
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson

Great chemistry between these two. Some of the best interviews I have ever heard. Petersen is excellent and Mr. Sowell is a genius. Well done fellas. We appreciate you both!

Vor year
Andrew Ekleberry
Andrew Ekleberry

This is why I like Thomas Sowell. He's real. He takes sometimes difficult topics, and speaks them at a level anyone can understand. Haven't you heard someone who was really smart, but you couldn't understand anything he says? Not Sowell. You can read his stuff, listen to his interview, and grasp everything he has to say. I am going to get this book.

Vor 10 years
swixican
swixican

Somebody give the guy interviewing Sowell some credit!!!

Vor 11 years
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YouTube Blocks My Comments

What a fantastic interview. I could've listened for hours. Absolutely intriguing!

Vor 3 years
Michael Harris
Michael Harris

First time hearing Thomas Sowell and it's enlightening.

Vor 7 years
BladeOfLight16
BladeOfLight16

Welcome to one of the most refreshing experiences in politics.

Vor 5 years
TheFreakyDeakyDeutsche
TheFreakyDeakyDeutsche

@***** Not just him, but his right-hand man Milton Friedman.

Vor 7 years
Mystyx Sama
Mystyx Sama

This man's knowledge is positively nutritious.

Vor year
KC Maldonado
KC Maldonado

Sadly, so many black Americans have no idea who this man is.

Vor year
The Rose
The Rose

"There's nothing older than the idea that, 'This is new'." - Thomas Sowell A clever restatement of "There's nothing new under the sun,"...said in a way that people will see as a new way of looking at things. :)

Vor 10 Monate
Dassem Ultor
Dassem Ultor

Now this, this is an actual interview. You can tell that the interviewer loves his work very much.

Vor 11 Monate
Eric Garland
Eric Garland

So much knowledge in such a humble man. He is saying that so called intellectuals are not superior to the rest of us.He is making a very good case for common sense. All that and I watch this and think he is definitely intellectually superior to myself.

Vor 6 years
David Rebatto
David Rebatto

Yep, it's a good example of the liar paradox.

Vor 3 years
Niek van Lieshout
Niek van Lieshout

Eric Garland Thomas Sowell is talking about himself, since he's one of these - so called - "intellectuals"!

Vor 5 years
equinos111
equinos111

No he is not

Vor 5 years
John Stockwell Major Smedley Butler
John Stockwell Major Smedley Butler

Your statement "I feel he is definately more intellectually superior to myself." Is not uncommon and is fully morally wrong to compare ones self to another in any way let alone to speak of superiority is not fair to yourself also not fair to Mr. Sowell. I believe thats what he is saying right before 3min. I get it, thats what you believe but We are all intellectually totally different.

Vor 5 years
mr. blank
mr. blank

I just feel like he's the smartest person I've ever listened to.

Vor 2 years
22 Sealed
22 Sealed

He's great but don't go too far.

Vor 2 years
l4liam2
l4liam2

"You can become President with no contact with economic reality." - Oh so true! still to this day

Vor 7 Monate
JD Calderone
JD Calderone

Sowell is an incredible man! Such great beliefs and a great story.

Vor 6 years
bywayof...
bywayof...

How I wish I had known of this man much earlier in my life-he is great!

Vor 11 years
Psychic Sidekick
Psychic Sidekick

There is a certain joy in listening to two knowledgeable people talk and at least understand a bit as a listener.

Vor year
LC
LC

The fact that this man can come up with an illustration and explain something complicated as simple as he does, is incredible. That's not just mastery, that's love: selfless love.

Vor year
Gregg Goodnight
Gregg Goodnight

Sowell is a genius and a national treasure. Most intellectually honest person in the world.

Vor year
rcrkbr
rcrkbr

From Brazil: it's one of the best books that i read in my entire life!! Sowell is perfect in his ideas, because he don't fight against facts. The utopians, and leftists in general, do it.

Vor 9 years
D Live
D Live

Too many people just don’t get it. This good Sir gets it! I have the utmost respect for this man

Vor 2 years
Vine Street
Vine Street

Dr. Sowell is an intellectual grounded in reality. He has a Mark Twain and Yogi Berra quality to him that’s not moved by BS.

Vor 10 Monate
Snapcrackle Pop
Snapcrackle Pop

God Blessed this man. Dr. Sowell, Thank you for everything you have taught me over the many years. I have listened closely. Good health to you Sir.

Vor year
John Edwards
John Edwards

Dr. Thomas Sowell a wealth of Wisdom; and yet that's an understatement.

Vor 10 Monate
Sheldon Bass
Sheldon Bass

As an autodidact, of sorts, it feels good to hear my own thoughts on several issues so brilliantly verbalized, offering me at least a modicum of self-vindication for so often going against the status quo. If what we believe corresponds to reality, all well and good. But failing to scrutinize what the intellectuals purport, especially when their reports do not coalesce and their sky-is-falling proclamations do not correspond to reality, is folly on steroids. Some of what is proclaimed by intellectuals can be easily debunked merely by studying history.

Vor year
Rob Robi
Rob Robi

Thomas speaking generally is just loaded with great quotes.

Vor year
Engineering Revue
Engineering Revue

Thomas Sowell is beyond amazing.

Vor 11 years
Meta Ray
Meta Ray

Let's all remember this came out ten years ago...and every word is still relevant. Dowell is brilliant and our culture is only going more downhill.

Vor year
motto775
motto775

this guy is one of the best kept secrets around. god bless you thomas sowell!

Vor 12 years
J Rooney
J Rooney

Huge credit to peter as well for a really provocative and respectful interview of this brilliant and courageous man mr sowell

Vor year
Amy Thompson
Amy Thompson

I wish I could give this interview with Thomas a hundred thumbs up!👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Vor year
timothyf7
timothyf7

Every time I read/listen/watch Dr. Thomas Sowell... I get smarter! And so does he!!!

Vor 11 Monate
Anthony DiCianni
Anthony DiCianni

One of the reasons I think Reagan was such a good president was because he knew his limitations. So instead of acting like he knew economic policies, he sat down with 5 economists and wanted them to come up with an economic plan. That shows a great leader, something that is missing with politicians today who think they know best.

Vor year
suzy schwarz
suzy schwarz

What a pleasure to listen to intelligent thoughtful conversations,we need so many more. Very edifying thank you.

Vor year
Thinman
Thinman

January, 2021. We need more Thomas Sowells.

Vor year
Angus McAngus
Angus McAngus

This man is golden. He is up there with Sir Roger Scruton (RIP). A discussion between them would have been brain-food of the highest order.

Vor year
freedomandliberty93
freedomandliberty93

His compassion between the engineer and the intellectual has immense validity.

Vor 9 years
Fred Von Hayek
Fred Von Hayek

I love it..."restrictions on guns is like OSHA for burglars"

Vor 7 years
Dommo1992
Dommo1992

"there is nothing older than the idea that this is new" great quote

Vor 11 years
Anakin Skywalker
Anakin Skywalker

Wow, Sowell is absolutely brilliant.

Vor 9 years
Ryi Newman
Ryi Newman

Just So much Common Sense coming from this man. Love him

Vor year
Rockstago
Rockstago

Dr. Sowell is TRUELY an American treasure!

Vor 2 years
Complete Quality Review
Complete Quality Review

This man is amazing! His state of mind is so healthy.. Perfectly explained everything and I agreed with every bit. It's nice to find someone or some people similar to yourself when you're surrounded by people who think nothing like this nowadays.

Vor year
Angela Lovarco
Angela Lovarco

"Many of the great disasters of our time have been committed by 'experts'..." - understatement of the fucking century!

Vor year
C2yourself
C2yourself

This ought to be mandatory viewing in all high school US history and civics classes!

Vor year
PF Campos
PF Campos

It's amazing how this video is 12yrs old and is still relevant!

Vor year
non _ ez
non _ ez

I just found out about this guy and im bingewatching now 🥳

Vor year
Starrider Studios
Starrider Studios

Thank you. I've watched interviews with Sowell on your channel before, but this is the first time I'm going to read one of his books. I think he speaks to my way of thinking and I want to hear much more about and from him

Vor year
Andrew JC
Andrew JC

This man is brilliant.

Vor 10 years
acajudi100
acajudi100

I love Dr. Sowell, and I am overdosing on his wisdom.

Vor 9 years
panzermarche
panzermarche

Love Dr Sowell's laugh,it drives the intellectuals crazy.

Vor 9 years
Jacira Sant'Anna
Jacira Sant'Anna

Dr. Sowell an American personality , a treasure for all the Western World.

Vor 3 years
Comes a Horseman
Comes a Horseman

Never underestimate the appeal of feeling superior to someone else. And, never underestimate the hubris this can generate.

Vor 4 years
Nick Cormier
Nick Cormier

The Pandemic certainly showed the experts determining policy.

Vor 9 Monate
Eartha McDermott
Eartha McDermott

Really refreshing to be introduced to tomas sowell's intellignet, grounded analysis of how things are.

Vor year
Phil Prof
Phil Prof

Dr. Sowell: Thank you for speaking the truth!

Vor 10 years
shaunmc01
shaunmc01

He's like the most awesome philosopher ever....

Vor 6 years
rmcfad1
rmcfad1

"There are no solutions, only trade-offs" Thomas Sowell.

Vor 10 years
Charles peterson
Charles peterson

I had a long day. Dr. Sowell is my go to Doc. I feel better after 5 minutes. Really. Thank You.

Vor 3 years
Kevin H
Kevin H

This duo is exceptional. I hope they get together again for another interview.

Vor year
Jimi Barrett
Jimi Barrett

It would have been so cool to have him as my history teacher

Vor 2 Monate
David Westhoff
David Westhoff

God, please don’t take Mr. Sowell anytime soon, we need him and this idealism more than ever!

Vor year
Coyote Creek Cycling
Coyote Creek Cycling

“Gun control is like OHSA for burglars.” I love it

Vor year
Min 1066
Min 1066

I watch Thomas Sowell Regularly to remind me I'm not in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Vor year
757 Church
757 Church

What an amazing man! Someone should make a movie about him

Vor year
Stefan Detrez
Stefan Detrez

Everytime I laugh, I've changed my mind on some issue. Thank you, Professor and interviewer.

Vor year
Ken Hampton
Ken Hampton

"We are becoming a nation of people who are propagandized from elementary school right on through to the graduate school in a certain vision of the world, and only the ones who, for one reason or another, either experience, or insight, or whatever, leads them to say, "Wait a minute!" - only those are the ones we have to depend on." -- Brilliant!

Vor 11 years
Deuce Decker
Deuce Decker

WOW 16:50 ! Sowell's observation mentioned at that moment lays bare one of the reasons for the confounding behavior of humans as members of a society. This is one reason why people like Sowell are so treasured ane who's works must be read and thought about.

Vor 2 Monate
shamrock32
shamrock32

All Thomas Sowell videos and interviews need to be downloaded and saved in archives.

Vor year
Buddha Head
Buddha Head

I love these discussions, so eye opening. Thanks so much for the upload!

Vor 10 years
Lumber Jack City
Lumber Jack City

"There's nothing older than the idea that this is new." Classic!

Vor 2 years
Paul von Oberstein
Paul von Oberstein

Sowell is brilliant. He reminds me of Hayek.

Vor 6 years
John Smith
John Smith

He is the only person alive to be taught by hayek, freidman and stigler .

Vor 5 years
Logic Inferno
Logic Inferno

I love his books. they are like information laser beams of awesomeness.

Vor 11 years
Maya A. Morella
Maya A. Morella

This should be in all Primary Schools in the Western World

Vor 2 years
Arbory Masters LLC.
Arbory Masters LLC.

The first quote is directly from Socrates's oracle as to why he was wisest. Priceless.

Vor year
Mike Land
Mike Land

Insightful and incredibly relevant. In many ways ahead of the times!

Vor 2 Monate
frzndgood
frzndgood

This man is a national treasure! It is so sad that his knowledge and wisdom is dismissed in the mainstream and instead we are force fed the lies of the left as truth. BTW he has the greatest laugh!

Vor 2 Monate
Geoff Hansen
Geoff Hansen

Thomas Sowell, a very modest man of huge gift of wisdom

Vor 11 Monate
Chris
Chris

The fact that Sowell is barely on TV tells you all you need to know about the agenda of tv networks. Muddy the waters.

Vor 11 Monate
Shifra Shomron
Shifra Shomron

"Are we becoming a nation of intellectuals? I hadn't thought of that. It's a chilling thought".

Vor 2 years

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