Thomas Sowell: Global Warming Thomas Sowell -- Basic Economics 1 day ago   03:28

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Author Thomas Sowell argues that public demand for intellectuals is largely manufactured by intellectuals themselves. He says intellectuals make alarming predictions using causes like global warming to create a need for their services.


Thomas Sowell introduces his new book Intellectuals and Society and expounds on what he calls "the fatal misstep of intellectuals" -- the assumption that superior ability within a particular realm can be generalized as superior wisdom or morality over all. He offers examples of this misstep in areas as divergent as economics, the environment, and national defense.

Finally, he warns us to resist the influence of intellectuals and points out that the demand for public intellectuals is largely manufactured by the public intellectuals themselves. - Hoover Institution

Thomas Sowell is an American economist, political writer, and commentator. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholarship melding history, economics, and political science.

Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, Uncommon Knowledge.

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Thomas Sowell needs to stick to economics. He is amazing when he talks economics, but is just a party thumper on social and science issues.
Roger Alsop
This man is NEVER on the BBC.
Billy Kotsos
His confusion on the subject could be cleared up if he bothered to ask a scientist that can read and understand the scientific literature on the subject.
Newton Groves
Dr Sowells BS detector is CALIBRATED!
Those intellectuals will not only drop your pay, they will scream that you should not be heard at all, and that you should be stripped of your bona fides. Speak all you want, as long as it's what I want to hear.
William Kiene
Half of America can't believed that corruption runs through all aspects of our world, including the sciences.
All educated informed people know the climate is always changing, so what can man do about it........nothing.
The Left has recruited the environmentalists to be solders to promote their lies to control the masses.
Nationalism is rising world wide to destroy the Left and worries Mates.
Jack McCabe
I used to side with Thomas on this one, but the scope of our knowledge on climate change has changed. Due purely to empirical evidence and well designed experiments, it is highly likely that man-made climate change is a threat to mankind's continued and progressive existence, but where I disagree with environmentalists is the means to which we hope to curb climate change.
Don Page
Anyone who blindly accepts something as important as climate politics without serious
investigation does not deserve an opinion.
Wynter Rose
This is all about pushing a false narrative by the halfwit progressives in order to *Control the* *American people* .

I'm sick of this *BOLOGNA* by idiots like *Al Gore* and the rest of the *Liberal @$$hats* who want to control *Americans banning everything they don't like* . Their motto is: *DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO* .
Mike The Stand
Man-made climate change is brainwashing and scaremongering, there is no crisis, we will be ok and in 11 years we will see there has been little change but those who will not see reality will still cry for climate change. Our youth of today have been fed bad information and formed bad ideas. They refuse to look beyond talking points and do their own research the level of laziness is stunning. Do some research. There is NO crisis.
Climate change is real, it has been real for millions of years and will be real for millions of years, it is a natural cycle of weather, not a man-made event.
The best data from satellites and weather balloons show no warming for the last nearly 19 years.
CO2 is necessary for plant growth and photosynthesis which creates oxygen, a fairly important gas for us all. 
Water vapour is a greenhouse gas.
Antarctic ice is growing.
The occurrence of catastrophic weather events is decreasing.
No amount of money stolen from the people in the name of climate change will make any difference worldwide because it is all a lie and total fraud perpetrated on the world.
31.487 scientists including 9.029 PHDs signed a petition to state that there was NO evidence for man-made climate change.
Do some research and find the truth for yourself in all things never accept that what you are told is factual.
Gregg Goodnight
This man is brilliant. He has a wide understanding of the key issues and political drivers behind the Climate Change movement. His comment on CO2/temperature sequencing hits the nail on the head. Climate Change is a scam driven by a small clique of dishonest individuals pretending to be scientists. It is fueled with money from special interests with multiple hidden agendas. It is supported by well-intentioned but gullible green activists that have turned this movement into a quasi-religion, not requiring valid scientific data, theories and reasoning, but only green dogma. It is not science, but a political initiative driven by a well-coordinated propaganda campaign.
Natalia D
Capitalism is such a system that can work only for so long and it is very close to hit the ceiling. It needs new markets to develop and what these two lovely gentlemen do not get, it also needs a social reform counterpart like USSR was in order not to turn into a vicious predator, because the only point of this system is making profits. The leaders of capitalism do not care about anything social, they treat people worse than cattle. That being said, i do not think that socialism is “better”, it had its share of tyrants, but it has served its function of a stabilizer in the world.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union there is no more new markets and no more social challenge to the capitalists. Now they can act freely on what they really are all about. Profits at ANY costs.
Now, everyone caught the virus of capitalism, and the only way to re-load this system is to submerge the whole world into the New Dark Ages, literally. Plunge it to the technological level of ancient times. Of course, the elites will keep the technologies and hydrocarbon use for themselves. But the man-made global warming antics will become tools of totalitarian control over the rest of population.
All of this does not mean that there is no global warming. There is, bit it has different reasons - the Book of Revelation explains it well. Not just this planet, this entire universe is set to be destroyed by a thermal collapse.
Ghosts, UFO’s, Global Warming, Cold Fusion, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy...I believe in all that stuff
Timothy W
Lol. Hilarious. After this vid, there was an advert for a company that provides water solutions in the age of global climate catastrophe
Arthur Serino
Many organizations artificially create a need for themselves. The Catholic church does it by condemning abortion and encouraging poor people to breed, governments do it by giving benefits to jobless people and single mothers, and colleges do it by perpetuating the lie that higher education is both a necessity and an entitlement. When you've manufactured a strong enough need for yourself, you have the advantage. It is easier to create a need for what you do than to learn to do something that meets an existing need.
Mario Marasco
The truth is we have more energy than ever, more food than ever, less poverty and disease than ever and the planet is more and more beautiful and pure. Let me tell you it wasn't like that when I was a young man here 8n Montreal, nobody would ever have dreamed of swimming in our river which is now clean and pure.
Mario Marasco
This man is incredible the best example of à true and fearless intellectual
gop barf
Ginny Hobby
Intellectuals don't necessarily have Common Sense. You can rationalize anything or at least try. GLOBAL WARMING IS A GLOBAL HOAX. We can even keep our Oceans clean. I believe we should be good Stewart's of our environment. That being said, Clean up the planet. Trash ,Water.ect. Water coming over from Mexico full of Feces they need cleaning. Giving Flint Michigan help with Clean water and just plain access to clean water. There are more pressing issues, but that don't fit their narrative. Americans going all over the World helping everyone else but Our own. Illegals taking over our Medicade, Food stamp program, housing, getting checks more than US Citizens. Charity begins at home. That why so many people are mad with Democrats. Out sourcing all of our resources to everyone else.
So you’re telling me that professional weather forecasters can’t accurately predict the weather more than five days in advance, but YOU know what the weather will be 10 years from now?
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Thomas Sowell -- Basic Economics Thomas Sowell: Global Warming 1 day ago   33:32

Recorded on December 14, 2010

Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is a revised and updated edition of his classic volume, Basic Economics.

"Through its various editions," Sowell writes, "the fundamental idea behind Basic Economics remains the same: Learning economics should be as uncomplicated as it is informative." Here, Sowell seeks to uncomplicate some of the economic issues confronting the country today, from the financial crisis and the role of the Fed to the economics of health care and trade imbalances.

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