Eems like these majors are journeys of self discovery than they are training people or careers Anyway I loved this book but I had to take off a star because they stopped editing somewhere after the middle of the book Suddenly there were so many typos wrong words repeated words etc Also the end was a bit long and repetitive and could have used a little tightening up editing Still definitely worth reading Thoroughly researched and thought provoking book Though I had always been sceptical of the philosophy underlying affirmative action Thomas Sowell outlines the ways in which affirmative action has ailed by examining its conseuences Despite the rhetoric us Very well researched however I Infestation found that many of the issues covered in the US chapter he covered before in several books so it was kind of boring having to re read everything again The chapter on India was the most interesting byar as well as the impact on integroup tensions which eventually lead to civil war in Sri Lanka and how they were influenced by affirmative action policiesSowell is my If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song favorite author of all time I ve read at least 90% of the books he has put out soar Problematic I agree with the basic premise that racial preference uotas invariably cause social problems However what could have been an effective analysis is led astray by political hyperbole Sowell s intention is to do
A Global Empirical Studyglobal empirical study why affirmative actionracial preference uotas in any country don t work as a matter of top down government policy and often lead to greater racial problems when implemented His problem is that he spends most of the book reaching Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford for the low hangingruit of third world societies in which racial preference has led to great loss of life India Sri Lanka Malaysia and Nigeria then skips straight to the United States To begin with this is not an apples to apples comparison as the countries in uestion have almost nothing demographically or culturally in common with the United States All are in parts of the world with a large native population that was screwed up by 19th century European colonialism and none has existed as an independent country Ready for Summer for than 100 years This would seem to be an argument against racial uotas in 19th century British imperial policy than a valid argument that affirmative action itself is the problem This also sets up a couple of other problems one is the repugnant implication that black people being admitted to the University of Michigan without having the gradesor it is a problem on the scale of wholesale genocide The other is the possibly even repugnant implication that the United States is a third world country worthy of comparison to the likes of Nigeria The really unfortunate thing is that Sowell could easily have covered the problems that affirmative action has also caused in Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech first world societies which would have given his argument here a lot credibility by inviting a valid comparison to the United States Ignoring Europe in particular really hurts him white Europeansrom France to Scandinavia have a very strong strand of racism that has led to real social problems much closer to those we experience in the US and many of their affirmative action policies are just as problematic as ours are Given American conservatives general loathing of France in particular you d think Sowell would have jumped at the opportunity to skewer that particular European country at the very least The third world stuff could have reinforced such an argument in a way that would have made a very strong case overall However because he ignores Europe this is not truly a global study as written The individual case #STUDIES ARE CERTAINLY INTERESTING BUT THE #are certainly interesting but the design of the book is incomplete in a way that was easily avoidable if Sowell had been willing to do a little bit research instead of just jumping straight to the lowest common denominato. Pening” Amy Chua author of World on Fire How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability“A masterpiece that deserves to be one of the most influential books of our time Any honest reader will be informed and enlightened” Donald Kagan Yale University“A gem of a book A brilliant and learned analysis of the negative effects of racially preferential policies both in the United States and in several other countries around the world” Stephan Thernstrom Harvard Universi. .
Decades privileges that have led to a high degree of resentment The author then looks at Malaysia and the way that Malays have sought to enshrine privilege as opposed to the successful and harder working Chinese and Indians 3 The author discusses the affirmative action in Sri Lanka that sought to avor the Sinhalese against the Tamil that led to an immense and deadly politicization about identity 4 After that the author explores
The Similar Problems Where The Fulani Hausa Were Favored Oversimilar problems where the Fulani Hausa were avored over and Yoruba in Nigeria also with tragic and deadly effects 5 The author at least turns to the American experience and the way that intersectionality has led to a majority of people being viewed as oppressed minorities but without the statistical rigor that other countries have had 6 Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller finally ending with a look at the past and theuture of affirmative action as well as notes and an indexWhat is it that makes affirmative action so harmful For one it politicizes identity and encourages those who are not at all disadvantaged classes Dogs Behaving Badly from enshrining their sense of privilege with the protection of law It also creates a widespreadeeling in a given society that some people or reasons of identity are given undeserved blessings and taking places that should belong to those who deserve it Affirmative Action also creates a perverse set of incentives that inspires the Ali Baba sort of corruption where a privileged person lends their name and identity to an effort that is actually run by a disadvantaged but motivated and talented group like a Chinese business manager in Malaysia or a white American who wants to use a token minority owner in order to obtain scarce government contracts The desire to help those who have historically had less
Success Than Others Often Leadsthan others often leads perverse situations where people seek to claim identities they may not really deserve in order to gain rom the politicized identity that receives privilege and over a privilege that demeans the achievements of those who have received it because there is the awareness that it is done with lower standards than others have demonstrated in achieving their own success Doing what he does best Easy to read as per usual nicely backed up with that seemingly Revenge of the Land: A Century of Greed, Tragedy, and Murder on a Saskatchewan Farm forgotten little thing we have these days good olashioned April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers facts I thought this was aantastic book A truly well researched empirical study of affirmative action While I ve also read McWhorter and so have read some tough love #for the black community this is the irst book I ve read on these types of issues that #the black community this is the irst book I ve read on these types of issues that t mostly anecdotal Things that struck me the most were the link between preferences and rising racial tensions that minority students mismatched with schools too difficult Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for them tend to become activists at the school and blame the school s discriminationor their ailure observations on the creamy layer privileged minorities getting the lion s share of preferences the act that women who don t interrupt their careers The Habitat Guide to Birding for childrearing make money than men and that Asian minorities in the US have gonerom the bottom to the top without preferences Aside Space Kid from theact that affirmative action hasn t worked and the stigma it places on us in schools and in the workplace it also starts getting ridiculous if you really think about it At this point everyone is just hating on white men EVERYONE s presence is considered preferable to white males Every non white male group has their own exclusionary organizations Actually with the gay rights movement we ve carved it down to straight white males As Dr Sowell says these politics are great Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town for people who want to make a living as activists but there is no incentive to ever STOP being an activist when goals are met And curricula cater to these activists Women s Studies Black Studies ueer Studies whatever happened to History Sociology Psychology Anthropology Literature It Ts one of the most prolific intellectually independent and iconoclastic is Thomas Sowell Enormously learned wonderfully clear headed he sees reality as it is andlinches at no truth Sowell’s presentation of the data is instructive and illuminating and disturbing” Carl Cohen Commentary“Another brilliant bracing achievement by Thomas Sowell With characteristic lucidity erudition and depth Sowell examines the true effects of affirmative action around the globe This book is compelling important mind Sowell examines and critiues affirmative action programs in various nations including the US Sri Lanka India Malaysia and Nigeria He presents persuasive data that these programs do little to improve the condition of the intended beneficiaries end up benefitting primarily those who are already doing well and lead to racial resentment I wish Sowell had examined a greater variety of nations including European and South American countries to the extent any of them has such programs but otherwise it is well done Whether you support or oppose affirmative action this is a worthy read Snowell elaborated the negative effects of AA around the world based on his empirical analysis but not on ideals Since I studied and worked in Singapore and knew many Chinese riends Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water from Malaysia Iound the exposition of the presidential uota Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus for bumiputera son of the soil uite resonating The chapter on AA in US is even relevant as I heard objections and support to AA policyrom many riends Although the author is very convincing and speaking an authoritative tone it is dangerous to just listen to one side of argument Nevertheless you will ind this book informative and insightful on what you think of AA Affirmative Action Around the World An Empirical Study by Thomas Sowell was Troubled Waters fantastic I have thoroughly enjoyed every Sowell book I ve ever read so it was not surprising that I liked this a lot Sowell looks at several societies that have enacted preferential policies and tracks the history of intergroup relations in those societies and the h This is an excellent book by Thomas Sowell on what I would call the myth of affirmative action One of the points highlighted by Sowell is theact that affirmative action is implemented based on good ideas but never on empirical evidence And it is because of this that affirmative action AA has never proven to be #successful anywhere in the world In act AA has been very successful in helping the upper #anywhere in the world In act AA has been very successful in helping the upper of the demographic supposedly in need and never the truly poor and destitute of that demographicIf you ever wondered about the successes or ailures of AA then you should read this book It has been well researched and is easy to read In Order To Understand This order to understand this and the author s approach you have to know that Sowell is not addressing the subject of affirmative action and racial preference and identity politics rom the point of view of political analysis but rather rom the point of view of economics Sowell a man of color who has achieved great success in his professional life might be expected on identity grounds to support affirmative action that would benefit his people but as a rigorously minded economist he realizes and demonstrates irmly in this book that affirmative action politics politicizes identity problems and has not served to effectively address the need of societies Shadower for well trained people instead leading to corruption of a very particular sort and to aailure on the part of privileged minorities to develop the skills and approaches and success that are resented in other successful people The author s rigor allows him to make a point that is not well appreciated and certainly can be considered as politically incorrect but truthful in a larger sense that deserves to be recognized Whether or not you will be able to appreciate this book will depend largely on whether you prefer to Owls: Birds of the Night focus on empirical matters or on the good intentions of affirmative actions policiesThis particular book is a relatively short one at about 200 pages and it isocused on affirmative action around the world and the results of that The book begins with a preface and a chapter that gives the international perspective of affirmative action and introduces the approach of the book 1 After that the author explores affirmative action in India 2 where dalits and tribes and other groups have managed to have or. In this important book an eminent authority presents a new perspective on affirmative action investigating its actual conseuences in the United States and in other countries where it has been in effect Evaluating his empirical data Thomas Sowell concludes that race preference programs worldwide have not met expectations and have often produced the opposite of what was originally intended“A delight terse well argued and utterly convincing” Economist “Among contemporary economists and social theoris. ,