I have been a huge fan of Dr. Sowell’s incredible intellect for some time now, and I will consider it a success if I can get one person to read his columns as often as I do. This is all from his most recent column: “The Brainy Bunch.”
4) (Adolf Hitler) played some of the most highly educated people of his time for fools — not only foreign political leaders but also members of the intelligentsia. The editor of The Times of London filtered out reports that his own foreign correspondents in Germany sent him about the evils and dangers of the Nazis. In the United States, W.E.B. Du Bois — with a Ph.D. from Harvard — said that dictatorship in Germany was “absolutely necessary to get the state in order.”
3) Many crucial things in life are learned from experience, rather than from clever thoughts or clever words. Indeed, a gift for the clever phrasing so much admired by the media can be a fatal talent, especially for someone chosen to lead a government.
2) There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.
1) Sowell writes that many give FDR and his New Deal credit for ending the great depression. But, Sowell writes: “The Great Depression ended only when the Second World War put an end to many New Deal policies. FDR himself said that ‘Dr. New Deal’ had been replaced by ‘Dr. Win-the-War.'” But those today who are for big spending like to credit wartime big spending for bringing the Great Depression to an end. They never ask the question as to why previous depressions had always ended on their own, much faster than the one under FDR, and without government intervention or massive government spending.