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By Thomas Sowell

A set of essays that discusses such concerns because the media, immigration, the minimal salary and multiculturalism.

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Some of the reasons will become apparent in the essays that follow. However, it may nevertheless be useful to make a distinction between pessimism and despair. Those of us old enough to be privileged to have lived through the great deliverances of the twentieth century-the collapse of Jim Crow in the United States and of apartheid in South Africa, the defeat of the Nazis on the battlefields of World War II, and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe-have no right to despair because our society is troubled today.

By this time, I had reached the machine and turned it off. Only then did Michael lose interest and leave with his father. After this little experience with the modern middle-class parent in action (or inaction), I went home and read in the paper about, a local teacher who had won a teaching award. Was this because her students had learned more than other students? Not at all. " She didn't believe in a lot of academic de mands, grading and homework. All that might have hurt the little darlings' self-esteem.

They were telling them that their children must be subjected to risk-and that it was none of the parents' business to know who or where the carriers of this fatal disease were. To challenge the buzzwords of the hour by demanding evidence is to betray your age-and your recalcitrance in the face of attempts to raise your consciousness. When the buzzword "diversity" is used, all brain cells are supposed to stop functioning, so that a rosy glow of feeling can take over. " Use the generic "he" and it proves that you despise women.

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