THOMAS SOWELL: The ‘fairness’ fraud — The intelligentsia blame ‘society’ when their notions of success prove faulty.

Read the whole article at:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/24/the-fairness-fraud/?page=2&utm_medium=RSS&utm_reader=feedly&utm_source=RSS_Feed

When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don’t become doctors or scientists nearly as often as the sons of Ph.D.s, that is taken as a sign that American society is not “fair.”

Barriers are external obstacles, as distinguished from internal values and aspirations — unless you are going to play the kind of word games that redefine achievements as “privileges” and treat an absence of evidence of discrimination as only proof of how diabolically clever and covert the discrimination is.

The front page of a local newspaper in northern California featured the headline “The Promise Denied,” lamenting the underrepresentation of women in computer engineering.

Those who preach this counterproductive message will probably never think that the envy, resentment and hopelessness they preach, and the welfare state they promote, are among the factors keeping people down.

In other words, the fact that reality does not match the preconceptions of the intelligentsia shows that there is something wrong with reality, for which somebody must be blamed. Apparently their preconceptions cannot be wrong.

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