The Left & Their Painful Effect on the Masses

By Thomas Sowell

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The Left & Their Painful Effect on the Masses
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular.

That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves.

One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned. This is said to be to help ex-cons get a job after they have served their time, and ex-cons are often either poor or black, or both.

First of all, many of the left’s policies to help blacks are disproportionately aimed at helping those blacks who have done the wrong thing — and whose victims are disproportionately those blacks who have been trying to do the right thing. In the case of this ban on asking job applicants whether they have criminal backgrounds, the only criterion seems to be whether it sounds good or makes the left feel good about themselves.

Hard evidence as to what actual consequences to expect beforehand, or hard evidence as to its actual consequences afterwards, seems to have had very little role in this political crusade.

An empirical study some years ago examined the hiring practices of companies that did a background check on all the employees they hired. It found that such companies hired more blacks than companies which did not follow that unusual practice.

Why? This goes back to decision-making by human beings in general, with many kinds of decisions in general. Since we seldom have all the facts, we are often forced to rely on generalizing when making our decisions.

Many employers, aware of higher rates of imprisonment among blacks, are less likely to hire blacks whose individual backgrounds are unknown to them. But those particular employers who investigate everyone’s background before hiring them do not have to rely on such generalizations.

The fact that these latter kinds of employers hired more blacks suggests that racial animosity is not the key factor, since blacks are still blacks, whether they have a criminal past or not.

But the political left is so heavily invested in blaming racism that mere facts are unlikely to change their minds.

Just as those on the left were not moved by hard evidence before they promoted laws and policies that forbad employers to ask about job applicants’ criminal records, so they have remained unmoved by more recent studies showing that the hiring of blacks has been reduced in the wake of such laws and policies.

Moreover, the left is so invested in the idea that they are helping the disadvantaged that they seldom bother to check the actual consequences of what they are doing, whether that is something as specific as banning questions about criminal behavior or something as general as promoting the welfare state.

In the vision of the left, the welfare state is supposed to be a step forward, in the direction of “social justice.” Tons of painful evidence, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, that the welfare state has in fact been a step backward toward barbarism — among low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States — does not make a dent in the beliefs of the left.

Minimum Wage

The left’s infatuation with minimum wage laws has likewise been impervious to factual evidence that the spread and escalation of minimum wages have been followed by far higher rates of unemployment among young blacks, to levels some multiple of what they were before — and to a racial gap in unemployment among the young that is likewise some multiple of what it was before.

Those who doubt this need only turn to the data on page 42 of “Race and Economics” by Walter Williams, or to the diagram on page 98 of “The Unheavenly City,” written by Edward Banfield back in 1968. The facts have been available for a long time.

Surely the intelligentsia of the left have access to empirical evidence and the wit to understand such evidence. But the real question is whether they have the stomach to face the prospect that their crusades have hurt the very people they claim to be helping.

Examining hard evidence would mean gambling a whole vision of the world — and of their own role in that world — on a single throw of the dice, which is what looking at hard evidence amounts to. The path of least resistance is to continue going through life feeling good about themselves, while leaving havoc in their wake.

About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a prolific author including Black Rednecks And White Liberals. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read his articles visit his website above.

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Mike B in WI
Mike B in WI
4 years ago

“But the real question is whether they have the stomach to face the prospect that their crusades have hurt the very people they claim to be helping.” Dr. Sowell has great insight and I thoroughly enjoy his articles. However, I think he has missed a big point here in that the goal of these “progressives” is not to help those folks whom they claim to want to help, but rather to consolidate power for themselves. Their claims of helping poor/disadvantaged/uneducated folks is a cover-up of their real goals. It is the same with gun control. They claim that their actions… Read more »

Gil
Gil
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike B in WI

Rather Conservatives believe society should only acct a certain way and fight change at every step.

Macofjack
Macofjack
4 years ago
Reply to  Gil

Gil – It’s liberals that want society to act a certain way. Liberals thing the constitution is a living document that can be thrown out whenever they want! BS!!!! The constitution frames the freedom’s we have in this country and what the government can and can NOT do. Liberals think they should be able to rewrite the constitution whenever it fits their needs, but damn all who want to keep those rights for the people. You like to talk out of both ends of your body and like all liberals think it should be your way or the highway!! Too… Read more »

Gil
Gil
4 years ago
Reply to  Macofjack

The U.S. Constitution has been modified 17 times since its supposed Golden Age.

Mr Evilwrench
Mr Evilwrench
4 years ago
Reply to  Gil

Sometimes it was modified well, sometimes it was modified badly. The point of conservatism is that any modification must be considered very carefully and change must be examined and deliberated. Just look at the real results of the 18th amendment. Not a win.

SuperG
SuperG
4 years ago

When an employee asked me why I didn’t get an SBA loan to grow my business, I said I’d have to become an EOE employer, and I didn’t want to be one. He was kind of shocked, and asked if I was a racist. I asked how he would have felt if he had found out that after I hired him, it was because he was Black and not because he was a good technician? He said he would have had no respect for me or my business. I think this is true for all people. When someone hires you… Read more »

Harry in Ohio
Harry in Ohio
4 years ago

I still come back to my own description of the difference between a liberal and a conservative. A conservative who is presented with enough evidence will grudgingly acknowledge what the facts prove, and will adjust his thinking. A liberal will not, even for a moment, consider the possibility that they could be wrong. That being the case, they will surround themselves with only those who share their beliefs and attack anyone as uneducated for believing anything else.

marc disabled vet
marc disabled vet
4 years ago

Black , White, Red ,Green or Purple,
The Left Will not Ever be Straight with
the Public they are Suppose to work for.
Hear no evil, Speak no evil See no evil.
Till You Aren’t Around to Find out.
If and when You do it is Blamed on
Someone Else .

Macofjack
Macofjack
4 years ago

We thought out article.

Gil
Gil
4 years ago

Why is that such programs which are available to all supposedly affect Black people only? This sounds like the danger of Native Americans and fire water. The author says Blacks won’t be hired because the employer won’t know if he’s hiring a ex-felon but what about ex-felons of other races? Why does the author think Black people ought not get help and must go through the school of hard knocks while other races don’t? He is suggesting Blacks are naturally dull and make for good slaves but not much else?

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
4 years ago
Reply to  Gil

@Gill, The notion that other races do not have to go through the school of hard knocks is a fallacy. Nor should that be measured in terms so broad as a whole race. The fact is that every person, on this planet, even the those born to vast wealth, go through the school of hard knocks, in one or more of that school’s many forms. Oh, and stop putting words in the mouths of other authors. Those comments about black people are your thoughts, and are not attributable to any other persons. Your comments have betrayed your thinking, not anyone… Read more »

Gil
Gil
4 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Thomas Sowell always complain that Blacks can’t seem to handle modern society on their own and that they always give into temptation in a way that other races don’t. He’s akin to the self-hating.