… is from Thomas Sowell’s October 21st, 2002, letter to my late colleague Walter Williams, as this letter appears on page 315 of Sowell’s 2007 collection, A Man of Letters:
Turning out generation after generation of people who do not know what it is to weigh opposing arguments is producing intellectual couch potatoes who know only how to repeat whatever they have been indoctrinated with. They are precisely the kind of gullible people that the Nazis targeted in their years of struggle for power. I think it was Jefferson who said that freedom and ignorance cannot co-exist indefinitely.
DBx: So very true.
Thomas Sowell shares a birthdate with Bastiat. Fortunately for humanity, Sowell – who today turns 92 – is still alive. May he live many more years!